The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Red Faux (“Daux”) Coral

Red coral is all over the place these days.
  View Image  Faux Red Coral Branch
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Last week I made some faux coral using a basic dough of salt and flour.  While I was doing that, I also made up a few pieces to make it look like red coral.

I don’t want to pay too much, well, for anything (ever) but I figured I would give it a go to make some.

clay, coral, doush, DIY, faux

I rolled little “snakes” of dough and just kind of “free-formed” a wiggly little tree.  I let it dry until it was hardened.

Once completely dry, I took it out and painted them with Rustoleum’s  American Accents spray paint in Colonial Red.

painted, red, coral, faux

I first thought I was going to have to put an orange-ish glaze over this once it was dry, but the paint soaked into the yellow/brown clay and the color is working for me.

I brought them inside and popped them into an apothecary jar with some shells, burlap, and a piece of “driftwood” (aka a long piece of garden mulch)

faux red coral, apothecary jar 
seas shells, coral, apothecary jar, decor

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Works for me!

red coral, sea shells, apothecary jar, decor

Today (6/20/11) I am guest posting at The Blooming Hydrangea.  Please stop by and say hello!

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Susan @ said...

June 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm
I thought your other coral was great but this red one is over the top! I love it in the jar with the shells!

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

June 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Ummm, really? Could you be more creative and completely AWESOME?? Dang, Gina (hee hee hee) you rock...

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

June 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Sharing this on FB this morning...;)

Shannon said...

June 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm
You are so clever! I love this!

Jessica said...

June 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm
this is so incredible! they look beautiful and seriously, straight out of a pottery barn catalog. i would never believe somebody hand-made this coral if i didn't see pictures of the process. you're pretty awesome. : )

Connie Weiss said...

June 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm
WOW! And I thought the other one was cool!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

June 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Those are awesome!

THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

June 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm
You need to get a marketing deal with Rustoleum. Girl, you have taken spray painting to a whole new level. You've made it cool again.

By the way, red coral looks spectacular!

NYCLQ said...

June 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm
YOU are just TO fabulous gril!! LOVE the pop of red and even better that you made it! xo

:D Lynda

drollgirl said...

June 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm
well it looks pretty amazing! fabulous!

and a metallica happy meal?!? WTF!!!! i just want to scream at them!

Impulsive Addict said...

June 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Your creativity leaves me speechless. I need to see the wiring in your brain. Someone then needs to re-wire mine.

Very cool!

Tasha said...

June 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Love love love it! Soooo trying this!
Thanks Viv!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

June 21, 2011 at 1:08 am
Looks like I need to make some coral for beach condo...thanks for sharing yours at NTT!!!


Lolly Jane said...

June 21, 2011 at 1:08 am
who makes their own coral?! i mean seriously! of course YOU do. love it!! so dang pretty! tfs!! (:

Tabitha said...

June 21, 2011 at 3:41 am
Very cool. It looks so realistic. Thanks for sharing! :-)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

June 21, 2011 at 3:50 am
How fun and vibrant. Thanks for sharing at the summer paint party.

Ashley said...

June 21, 2011 at 5:07 am
this looks so cool!!!!

BluBabesCreate said...

June 21, 2011 at 5:19 am
Whoa! Very good!

donatella said...

June 21, 2011 at 5:46 am
i'm your newest follower! we share the same love for 'faux' coral (and the real one too!)
yours turned out fantastic!

Lesley said...

June 21, 2011 at 6:55 am
Oh for God's sake. You know this is freaking amazing. I hate that you think of everything first. Just slow down for a few days and give the rest of use a chance to be the first to think of the bestest stuff, k?

Shabby Beach Nest said...

June 21, 2011 at 7:12 am
You've outdone yourself yet again with this tutorial, M'dear... and THAT'S saying something!! Seriously, stop making all us other bloggers look bad with your genius, m'kay? (Totally kidding - PLEASE KEEP WRITING THESE AMAZING TUTORIALS!!! They are my drug of choice.) ^_^ lol, It's late, I'm tired, and you rock.

Jill said...

June 21, 2011 at 7:28 am
Oh this looks fantastic! Love the red!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
Have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Modern Country Lady said...

June 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm
OMG I'm dying!! This IS FABULOSO!! Your coral is the BOMB, hahaha!!

LambAround said...

June 22, 2011 at 12:18 am
I love this! You think of the best things to spray paint :)

I nominated you for the Best in Show award on my blog this week. Be sure to vote! Good luck :)

Lynn said...

June 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Impressed. TOTALLY impressed.

Tammy said...

June 23, 2011 at 12:22 am
Looks Great!! Good job.

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

June 23, 2011 at 12:29 am
The red "coral" looks so nice in that vase! Great job figuring out how to make it!
28. said...

June 23, 2011 at 1:12 am
So wonderfully creative and beautiful.
29. said...

June 23, 2011 at 1:12 am
So wonderfully creative and beautiful.
30. said...

June 23, 2011 at 1:12 am
So wonderfully creative and beautiful.

RMC said...

June 23, 2011 at 6:13 am
This is GENIUS! It looks like the real deal...super great job on this! :)
Found you via the Shabby Chic Cottage Link Party!!

Mindie Hilton said...

June 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm
So cool!
I wanted to let you know besides a weekly anything goes link party, I have a new ongoing free give away link party now too. Share your give aways or enter to win.
Hope to see you soon at

E said...

June 24, 2011 at 1:25 am
You got my attention !! I spent my day (suppose to be working at home) with my flour and salt, now waiting for it to dry here in the hot horrid humid south! Thanks for sharing and love your sense of humor :) E in TN

c.w.frosting said...

June 24, 2011 at 2:21 am
Loved the white & this red is stunning! You're so creative Viv. Great job =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

The Gunny Sack said...

June 24, 2011 at 4:21 am
Wonderful! I love that you found a cheaper way to get the thing that you wanted!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

June 24, 2011 at 4:28 am
That is really awesome!

Two Thirty Five Designs said...

June 24, 2011 at 5:39 am
HOLY MOLY!!! I am LOVING this!! It would look SO perfect in my house ;) Well done!!

Chrystal - Adorn on a Shoestring said...

June 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Cute idea! I'm a new follower, and also included a link to your project in my weekly link dump, located here:

Michele said...

June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm
You are right - it is everywhere now and this is my fave tutorial - thanks for sharing!

Melissa, The Happier Homemaker said...

June 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm
I love this, I have some coral pillows on my patio and I'm for sure going to need to try this out to compliment them! Thanks for sharing such a cool (and low-cost) project!

Johnnie said...

June 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Beautiful red! Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Brand . Charcoal and Crayons said...

June 26, 2011 at 1:43 am
Oh wow... those jars look spectacular! I love the pop of red from your coral... creates such a wonderful and dramatic display!

alanna. said...

June 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm
This post is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!!

xo alanna

WhyCuzICan said...

June 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm
You sure fooled me, I thought it was! Good show! :)

Visiting from MMS Linky Party


Jenn Erickson said...

June 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm
I love the way your red coral looks with your seashell collections! Such a perfect pop of color!

Denise said...

July 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Oh my gosh, I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this project! My hall bath is beachy and I wanted to incorporate some coral but it is so expensive! While I have worked with salt dough, I had NEVER thought of this! Very creative! I am featuring you at Noon!

Crystal said...

July 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm
This is fabulous! I love how you used it in the apothecary jar with the shells! The color looks amazing! :) Thanks so much for linking up to the Summer Lovin Soiree! Have a great weekend! :)

Jami said...

July 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Love, LOVE all of your beachy craftiness/decorations! I hope you'll get a chance to share them at the Tuesday To Do Party!

Sharde said...

July 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm
this is so creative! i love it :)

the style projects

radhika said...

July 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Beautiful work! Love everything you added in the jars! Nice display!

Alicia@Thrifty And Chic said...

July 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm
love love LOVE this idea! I just featured you on my blog :)

Alicia @

Darleen said...

August 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Totally love this! The red coral pops as the focal point of collections and yours capture the color so well. You are richly blessed with talent!

Best regards,

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

August 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm
That's such a creative idea! Looks great in your jar.
Thanks for linking up to my party.

nitro rc cars said...

December 19, 2011 at 4:40 am
Great creativity. Which you present here. I want to make it. Every thing looking perfect. I attract by that. I am so excited for this creative idea.

Solvency II said...

January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am
So fantastic creativity.. I impressed by that. Every thing looking very awesome. You make it very easily.Great color..

scooter shops said...

January 21, 2012 at 7:18 am
Every thing looking awesome. The red frame looking awesome...Every thing looking perfect.

Nick Dacis said...

April 11, 2012 at 5:46 am
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