west elm tortoise shell knock off

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

to make the tortoise shell
you will need a round piece of card, cut flaps in it like the photo and get some masking tape and bend the two side flaps together, tear up some paper and put some glue in a bowl and then paste the paper on to the card board with a paint brush. next mix up some wall compound i used exterior compound as that's all i had. then cover the whole thing with it, then use your finger or a clay tool and make a shell pattern on it.

i made a second one the same way but with clay instead and it turned out allot smoother, then i painted it white.


sisters of the wild west


  1. I love the way your tortoise shell turned out. Great job, think I may give this a try.

  2. This is so awesome! What cool home decor! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie Reasons To Skip The Housework

  3. And to think no tortoise gave his life for home decor! Love this idea.

  4. Wow, that is an ambitious project- I never would have thought to try it, but it looks great! Good job!

  5. Great knockoff!
    Thanks for linking to the Creative inspirations Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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