Who doesn’t love combing through the soft beach sand, where the shore meets the water, and coming up with hands full of sea treasures?

Leyna and I spent hours doing this on our Carnival cruise excursions.

Baby Rabies_1.jpg

Carnival asked me to write about bringing our vacation home with us, and I knew this tutorial was the perfect fit.  Why should those bits of coral and shells be destined to a life in a dark closet (or the trash, honestly)?

Baby Rabies_2.jpg

All you need for this are:

A picture frame
*CLEAN pieces of coral that have washed ashore, or shells
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Clean and dry fine bristle brush
Package of gold leaf sheets (don’t let this throw you, it’s not expensive – about $8/package)

*Guys, don’t go breaking off live coral, okay? There’s plenty to be found that’s dead and dried up along the shoreline. 

Baby Rabies_3.jpg

Start by arranging all your pieces on your frame how you think they will best fit.

Baby Rabies_4.jpg

Then carefully remove a couple pieces, hot glue them back down, and repeat.

Baby Rabies_5.jpg

Dilute your Mod Podge with about 40% water, then apply over the pieces, really soaking them. The coral will drink up a lot. It’s probably wise to make sure you’ve removed the backing and glass from the frame by this point.

Baby Rabies_6.jpg

Let it dry for about 5 minutes. You want the pieces to be tacky, not wet.
Now rip small pieces of gold leaf and dab it on with your dry, clean, fine bristle brush. Really work it into the crevices, and all that great coral texture.

Baby Rabies_7.jpg

The gold leaf is crazy delicate and will flake everywhere. Don’t worry. It wipes up fine. After the gold leaf has had about 10 minutes to dry, you can go back over with a light coat of Mod Podge, then apply another coat of gold leaf if you’d like.

I wound up doing 2 coats of gold leaf, then a final coat of Mod Podge to seal it. I didn’t cover the coral in it’s entirety because I liked the unfinished look. But, with enough time, you could probably get nearly full coverage with just one package of gold leaf, if that’s what you’re going for.

Baby Rabies_8.jpg

I started out wanting to frame a picture from our trip in it, but I love the simple look of the coral and the gold so much that I don’t want anything to detract from it.

Baby Rabies_9.jpg

So now it’s just a statement piece on our eclectic mantle. A simple reminder of our Carnival cruise, and all the treasures we brought home with us.

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

13 thoughts on “Gold Leaf Coral Frame Tutorial”

  1. I and also my guys were found to be reading the nice information and facts located on the blog and then immediately I had a terrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to the blog owner for them. All the guys were certainly stimulated to study all of them and have in actuality been using these things. I appreciate you for simply being considerably considerate and for selecting certain really good tips most people are really needing to learn about. Our own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  2. Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an extremely nice possiblity to discover important secrets from this web site. It is always so sweet plus full of fun for me and my office fellow workers to search your site no less than three times weekly to see the new items you have. Not to mention, I’m also always fascinated with your spectacular hints you give. Certain 1 areas in this post are in reality the very best we have all had.

  3. I precisely wished to thank you very much yet again. I am not sure the things I could possibly have done in the absence of the actual suggestions revealed by you on this subject matter. It was a traumatic concern for me personally, but discovering the very skilled manner you handled it forced me to jump with joy. Now i’m happy for the help and in addition hope that you recognize what an amazing job your are providing educating other individuals through the use of your web page. Most likely you have never come across all of us.

  4. I and also my friends came checking out the excellent helpful hints from your web site and so all of the sudden got a horrible feeling I never thanked the website owner for those techniques. Those women came absolutely thrilled to read through them and have certainly been taking advantage of those things. Many thanks for genuinely simply kind as well as for picking out certain superior things most people are really desperate to learn about. My very own sincere regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.

  5. I simply had to thank you so much once again. I do not know the things that I could possibly have taken care of without the tips revealed by you on such field. It actually was a very alarming difficulty in my circumstances, however , discovering the specialised way you handled that took me to weep with delight. I’m just grateful for the information and thus sincerely hope you realize what a powerful job you are always getting into teaching the rest by way of your blog. More than likely you’ve never got to know any of us.

  6. I wanted to compose a note to say thanks to you for the superb solutions you are sharing at this website. My time consuming internet look up has finally been recognized with incredibly good ideas to talk about with my visitors. I would point out that most of us readers are unequivocally blessed to live in a fine network with so many brilliant people with helpful secrets. I feel very much grateful to have encountered your entire website and look forward to many more brilliant minutes reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  7. I not to mention my buddies came viewing the good tactics found on the blog and immediately I got a terrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the web site owner for those strategies. All of the young men ended up for that reason passionate to study them and now have simply been using them. Appreciation for truly being well kind as well as for opting for such beneficial subjects most people are really desirous to understand about. My sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  8. I want to show my appreciation to the writer just for rescuing me from such a predicament. After scouting through the online world and finding advice which are not helpful, I figured my life was over. Being alive minus the approaches to the difficulties you’ve fixed by means of the article content is a crucial case, as well as the ones which could have in a wrong way damaged my entire career if I had not noticed your web site. That natural talent and kindness in taking care of the whole thing was useful. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not come across such a thing like this. I am able to at this time relish my future. Thanks very much for this skilled and result oriented help. I will not be reluctant to propose your web site to anybody who should get tips about this subject.

  9. A lot of thanks for your whole work on this website. Debby enjoys managing research and it’s really simple to grasp why. Most of us notice all concerning the lively means you create very helpful ideas via this website and therefore boost contribution from website visitors on that area of interest so our favorite simple princess is certainly being taught so much. Take advantage of the rest of the new year. You’re carrying out a powerful job.

  10. Thanks for your entire labor on this web site. My niece really loves going through investigation and it is easy to see why. A lot of people hear all relating to the dynamic tactic you offer rewarding ideas by means of this website and in addition encourage response from some other people on this article plus my daughter has always been studying a lot of things. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. Your conducting a powerful job.

  11. I together with my guys ended up analyzing the good helpful tips on the website and so suddenly I got an awful suspicion I never thanked the site owner for those secrets. All the boys were definitely absolutely passionate to study them and have seriously been enjoying them. Thanks for being indeed considerate and also for selecting these kinds of terrific tips millions of individuals are really desperate to be aware of. Our own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  12. My wife and i felt so fortunate that Michael managed to finish off his basic research from your precious recommendations he acquired from your site. It is now and again perplexing to simply find yourself giving away points that many men and women might have been making money from. And we fully grasp we have got you to give thanks to for this. The explanations you’ve made, the straightforward web site menu, the relationships you will assist to promote – it is most unbelievable, and it’s aiding our son and us feel that this issue is interesting, and that’s tremendously fundamental. Thanks for the whole thing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you want to get updates from Baby Rabies sent right to your inbox?