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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Make Faux Starfish {Inspired by Nature and Pottery Barn}

Bringing the beach indoors is one of my favorite decorating memes.  I used to have lots and lots of little starfish, but sadly, my dog ate them one day when he was home alone....  Now, I have fake starfish.
You can make beautiful  faux starfish using salt dough, but salt dough projects tend to get moldy in my humid climate, so I've come up with another DIY technique for making faux starfish -- using toilet paper!  Remember the faux coral project I shared here? 

This project uses the same recipe and techniques to create these gorgeous faux starfish!

Begin by creating an armature out of wire in the size and shape desired.

Next, wrap the wire with masking tape.  This will prevent the wet paper pulp from rusting your wire, and give you an opportunity to "shape" your piece.

Now, apply your paper pulp.  You can grab the recipe for paper mache pulp from the "How to Make Faux Coral" post.  If you need to do more than one layer, allow each layer to dry completely before adding a new layer of pulp.  When your starfish is dry, paint a layer or two of gesso or primer, then paint as desired. I left mine white, to give them a "sun-bleached" look.

There you have it.  It's as simple as one, two, three!  These are quick and simple (the only slow part is waiting for the paper mache pulp to dry).  Make a dozen, tie them onto gifts or napkins or toss them into a bowl with some shells.  You might even tie them up with jute twine and make a garland!

Do you like to decorate with starfish and other beach treasures?

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  1. They looks great - thanks for posting, I might try this with the kids as it looks fun!

  2. Good tutorial and great idea on making starfish. To take it one step further, do you think gluing the starfish into the shape of a bowl and painting it silver would work to re-create the starfish bowl at the Z Gallerie? Check the picture out at: I've been looking at this bowl in hopes of knocking it off. Your idea on making the starfish sounds like the way to go!

  3. What fun. We'll definitely being trying these and your corals out!

  4. Great idea...thanks for sharing!!!...I definetely will try it!!!

    Emanuela @ My little inspirations

  5. I love your blog layout, and this project is wonderful, thank you so much!

    Hugs, Tanya

  6. I will be trying this. My daughter wants a mermaid themed party for her birthday. These would be a fun addition to the table.

  7. What a great idea! They look like the real thing. This would be a fun summer craft to make with my boys. I'd love to have you link it up on my blog hop:

  8. Kristy mom2thebest2@yahoo.comSaturday, August 04, 2012 7:56:00 AM

    I have a question. If it can take several hours or a day for it to dry, where is all your extra "toilet paper" during this time? How do you keep it moist, say, overnight? This is great and I plan on using this technique to change my bathroom! Thank You! (I have included my email because I'm new to blog world and not sure how I will know when you've replied. If someone could kindly let me know if I get an answer, I'd appreciate it!!)

    1. Great question! I just cover the bowl and pop it into the fridge.

  9. So clever - who would have thought toilet paper made this! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)


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