Nautical Candlesticks

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I love nautical decor!

Some of my favorite memories are of the beach. I love relaxing in the sand, listening to the waves roll in. that relaxation doesn't happen much anymore. I'm too busy making sure that some people don't drown...or eat sand...or simply run away down the beach. But I still love the beach and all things nautical. Beach decor just screams summer to me, doesn't it to you? Recently, I picked up these two candlesticks at a yard sale, and I just knew I could make them nautical!

These nautical candlesticks are actually two projects in one. First, the paint technique is simple, with very little prep work involved. Then, the accents that are applied are made with mod melts.

First: the paint technique. I used various brands of chalky finish paint and wax—this is definitely not brand dependent! I applied a coat of blue paint all over the candlestick. 

Once the blue paint was dry, I used a dry brush technique to apply the gray paint. I wasn't looking for full coverage with the gray paint; I wanted the candlesticks to look like they had weathered many ocean storms on a dock. I then lightly sanded my candlesticks to expose a little of the wood, and then gave it all a good coat of wax. After the wax dried, I buffed it to a dull gleam.

To create the sea-life accents, I used mod melts. This is a great way to create resin-like shapes with ease—all you need is a glue gun! I used a silicone mold to create my resin shapes in the form of crabs, shells, and sea horses. 

Now, the mod melt material I had was white, but word is that there is now colored mod melts—and new mod melt molds! I can't wait to experiment with them! Anyway, I used craft paint to get some color into my sea creatures, and then super glued them onto baker's twine. 

Then, all that was left to do was tie them onto the candlesticks!

I love how these little guys look! It looks a little like the beach in my house now!

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