For the first post of 2017 we’re really spoiling you with a DIY tutorial, and a fairly simple one at that! Sea Urchins seem to be hugely popular as a styling accessory within home decor, but traditionally they tend to be finished in gold or brass. I don’t know how popular they are in the UK however, as I’ve never seen one for sale anywhere. So, what’s a girl to do? DIY her own of course!
For this DIY you don’t need a huge amount of equipment, just 3 things:
- Polystyrene/Styrofoam ball
- Cocktail sticks
- Spray paint in your colour of choice
We purchased the cocktail sticks from our local grocery shop, the polystyrene balls from Hobbycraft (I think it’s called Hobby Lobby in the US) and we already had the spray paint in the garage.
To begin, you want to cut the base of your urchin in half so that you have a flat surface as the base. There are other tutorials out there don’t do this, but as I wanted to display our sea urchin on our coffee table a flat base was essential (If you’re looking for alternative tutorials take a look at Abundance of Everything and Love Maegan).
Then comes the fun, and surprisingly therapeutic part, the addition of the cocktail sticks. There is something incredibly stress relieving about stabbing foam with pointy sticks! As you can see below I used a pattern for placing the sticks, rather than poking them in willy nilly. I started by making a cross, then splitting each section to makes quadrants and so on. By the time I took the 3rd photo I’d taken a break from stabbing polystyrene and was able to add a few more sporadically where you could see gaps. I also added more around the base of the ball which gave it a slightly more professional looking finish.
Once you’re happy with the placement of your sticks it’s time to get your spray paint out! We actually ended up making 2 of these, one in white and one in silver. The white seems to give a nice finish but the silver paint reacted slightly with the polystyrene. I ended up repainting the other sea urchin with craft paint and a brush to get a nicer finish.
All you have to do then is wait for the paint to dry! And viola, you have yourself one beautiful sea urchin. I am really thrilled with how ours turned out. I also love the fact that it’s a bit different from the usual gold ones you see out there. What do you think?