They’re a bit whimsical and add a nice nature element to any space. I’m sorta surprised they can be incorporated into such elegant decor.
One thing I’m not smitten with is the price. $20 an urchin? No thanks. I had a lot of left over supplies from the last time I attempted a sea inspired decoration so I gave it a go. For this project I used clay, wire, toothpicks, wooden skewers, and spray paint. Asides from the spray paint I already had everything on hand I needed to complete this project—score! I started making little mounds of clay. I purposely went for a more organic shape.Then I bent a bit of wire and inserted them into the back to create a little hook for hanging them on the wall.I started with my longer wooden skewers and stuck them into the clay mounds. To give more dimension, I built some clay up around the sides. Then I filled in the surrounding clay with the toothpicks.I had major cracking problems the last time I used clay which must have dislodged some clay wisdom I had stored in the back of my mind: cover your clay in a plastic bag to slow down the drying process. It took over three days of increasingly opening the bag before my little urchins were completely dry but guess what? No cracking here!I bought some gold spray paint and gave them a coat of paint. Only the paint was much more silver than gold—how did that happen? Make sure you rotate your creatures to get all the spines coated in paint.I didn’t really have anywhere in mind to put them so I put them in our upstairs bathroom for now.I haven’t really shared any photos of this bathroom yet because other than painting it (twice now) I haven’t done anything to decorate it. Next project maybe?And here’s a close-up. If I were to re-do this project, I think I would have tried making smaller mounds of clay and maybe adding in even more toothpicks. Overall, it was a pretty simple project.
Where would you arrange these sea urchins in your home and how?