Quick Gift: Gold Oyster Dish

Hi! I hope everyone had a fab Thanksgiving and is enjoying the start of the holidays. We had a great Christmas party here, and while cleaning up I finally remembered to save oyster shells for a project I have been meaning to do forever – gold painted trinket dishes! I am by no means the first person to do this, but I thought I would share anyway.

Gold Oyster Dish from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

They are insanely easy. However, if I give you one for Christmas, ignore that part and pretend I worked super hard on it…

First, I boiled the oyster shells for about 20 minutes (truth, I got distracted and forgot they were boiling, so 20 minutes is really a random number). This killed anything left living on them, like surprise other mollusks – like the pink guy in the picture below – and algae. It also cooks what is left of the oyster so that it a. comes off easy and b. you don’t barf from the smell of old oysters while cleaning them.

Gold Oyster Dishes from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

Once boiled and cooled, I scraped off the left over oyster gunk (the scientific name) and scrubbed them inside and out with steel wool.

Gold Oyster Dishes from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

Finally, I gave the insides (and one outside) two coats of Liquid Leaf. Love that stuff. I was going to use silver too, buuuuut I couldn’t open it. Yes, I did try running hot water over it. And a wrench. Nada.

Gold Oyster Dishes from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

Honestly, I spent WAY more time tricking you into thinking my bedside table always looks nice and taking pictures than I did making these.

Gold Oyster Dishes from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

In addition to holding jewelry, you could use them as little salt cellars on the table, though you may want to use a food-safe sealant first.

Gold Oyster Dishes from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

Or as a soap dish – smaller guest soaps work best. I tried it with a regular bar of Dove and it looked a little ridiculous. This is a travel sized bar. And yes, I also painted a clamshell and am pulling a fast one on you. Gold Oyster Dish from JustSomethingIWhippedUp.com

So there you have it. Have some friends over, eat oysters, drink champagne and then spend 25 minutes making them all Christmas presents. Boom. You are welcome.

XO,

Julia

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Found Stick Jewelry Organizer

Hi! It is almost the time of year to start thinking about Christmas presents, so I wanted so share an easy project that I made for my sister last year. (Madeline – I mean it was super hard and I spent ages working on it…) She has lots of cool jewelry, especially earrings, so I wanted to give her something that she could use to display them, as well as be decoration for her room at school. She likes natural, casual things, so I thought a cool stick might work well. This is what I came up with!

Found Stick Jewelry Organizer by Just Something I Whipped Up

Materials

I found the stick at Sam’s grandmother’s farm. I was on the lookout for a fairly large one that I could cut down to exactly the size I wanted. I had not been planning to use one with a fork, but once I saw it I loved it; I think it looks more sculptural.

Once I got it back to my Dad’s shop, I sawed the ends at an angle, sanded off the rough edges and painted them gold. I screwed the eye hooks in pairs on the upright section of the stick, with the idea that those could hold earrings. I screwed the half-inch hooks along the horizontal part of the stick so that necklaces could hang straight down. Finally, I added the two 1.5-inch hooks at the end to hold bracelets and bangles.

Found Stick Jewelry Organizer by Just Something I Whipped Up

(PS – how smart is she to use a curler to keep her necklace from getting tangled???) To hang the stick, I used my dad’s belt sander (you could also use sand paper or a hand sander) to flatten the back of one section at the top of the upright part of the stick, and screwed in the d-ring to hang it.
Found Stick Jewelry Organizer by Just Something I Whipped UpAnd there you go – a really cool present that anyone can make, as long as you can find yourself a stick. We had Christmas in Florida last year, so I brought a (blurry…) photo of it to give her – here it is with some of my stuff.

Found Stick Jewelry Organizer by Just Something I Whipped Up

XO,

Julia

PS Thanks to Nate for the close up pics!!

Found Stick Jewelry Organizer by Just Something I Whipped Up