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Seaside Carnival Crown

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

February 17, 2014

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Project Description

I'm a huge fan of the colors and vintage whimsy of a carnival and circus. The smells of cotton candy and fried dough bring a smile to my face. Living in New Jersey we have been blessed with owning the largest boardwalk beaches in the US. This project is called: Seaside Carnvial Crown, inspired by trips to the Jersey Shore, the Seaside Boardwalk, Carnivals, Vintage Storybooks and Shells. The main base of this project is created using a variety of shells dyed with Liquid Rit Dye. The result a crown fit for any seaside carnival queen! xo Lisa


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   natural shells

  •    chipboard or sturdy card stock

  •    Dresden seaside gold scraps or Scrapbook paper scraps (K&CO)

  •    2 medium sized bowls

  •    foil pan

  •    tongs

  •    plastic spoon or stirrer

  •    vintage ephemera (Lisa Kettell Designs)

  •    Ribbon

  •   glue

  •   glue gun

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring spoons

  •   paper plate

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   salt white vinegar

Step By Step

  1. Directions To Dye The Shells: Prep your surface. Lay plastic table cover on the surface you will working over. Put on your rubber or latex gloves.

  2. Mix 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye in color of choice, 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 1/4 cups hot water in a plastic, or metal bowl and stir. Let steep for 20 minutes. For good hot water, heat some in the microwave in a glass bowl for 2 minutes. Repeat this process for each Rit Dye color.

  3. Place natural shells into the dye solution, let set for 10-15 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Remove the dyed shells when desired color is achieved and place onto a foil pan. Let dry. Repeat for each color of dye.

  4. Directions To Make The Crown: Cut a basic crown shape from chipboard or use a pre-cut party store crown. Use a vintage carnival image and glue to center of the crown.

  5. Begin layering various dyed shells around the center image and through out the crown. Hot glue all the dyed shells in place.

  6. Fill any gaps of the crown where the shells aren't covering with Dresden gold shapes or your fave scrapbook embellishments. Enhance with broken jewelry or pearls. Add ribbon to the back ends of the crown so you can tie it onto your fave Queen's head.

  7. Tips/Tricks:-Be careful when using hot glue, as the glue is very hot.-Try using 5 or 6 Rit Dyes to dye the shells for a fun rainbow crown.-Dip the shells 1/2 way into different color ink for an ombre look.-Add dyed starfish or seahorses for some fun.

  8. Check out the photo on how to do this step.




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