Beth at Home Stories from A to Z showed us how to take faux coral from Wal-Mart’s pet section and spray paint it to look like Pottery Barn’s pricey version. Here’s the problem. I can’t find any of these cheesy plastic aquarium pieces that don’t have a mermaid, sunken ship or skull attached to them. (And I am NOT going to pay $40 for something I need to break apart.) Personally, I think Beth inspired so many people that the good stuff was snapped up in mere days.
So what’s a girl to do? I made my own coral... out of dough. What do you think? I'm going to call it my Daux Coral (geez I crack myself up.)
This is the basic recipe I used, but I decided to use what I had on hand. In this case, an old (really old) bag of whole wheat flour, salt and water.
The dough actually looked pretty promising, because the whole wheat added texture.
Chicken wire was wadded up into a little ball to form the base of the “coral”
I think it looks pretty good, given the fact it is flour and salt masquerading as coral….
I am not sure exactly where I want to keep it yet.
I think if you didn’t know any better, you might think it’s real…
This idea had been bouncing around in my mind for a while, but a couple of notes:
This was definitely a “trial and error” kind of project. If you try it, be prepared to try, try, try again while attempting to “construct” your coral.
I had to mess with it a lot to get it looking what I perceived to be natural looking.
The hot glue left some strings and drips that are not noticeable on a shelf but I think they would be under a cloche. (And I'm a little disappointed because I was making it with the idea of putting it under a cloche.) I'll do better next time.
The bottom line? It's a Monet.... it looks great from a distance, but don't get tooooo close, mkay?
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