Introduction: Faux Coral Centerpiece

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Make faux coral with twigs from your backyard.

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

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Fish tank rocks


Large plastic lid

Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Lipstick and Dark Scarlet

DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold (great stuff, btw)

White glue

E-6000 Glue

Hot glue gun


Pearls (optional)

Step 3: Glue on the Twigs

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Score your lid with a sharp object like a craft knife

Hot glue your twigs to the base with a generous amount of glue to create your coral

Apply a generous amount of white glue to the twigs with a paintbrush

Sprinkle with fish tank rocks and let dry

Step 4: Paint and Embellish

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Paint the coral with the Dark Scarlet and Lipstick

Using E-6000, glue seashells and pearls to the base of the coral

Paint any exposed lid with the Glorious Gold metallic paint


lokaa.loky (author)2014-12-16

Thank you for the info

counterillusion (author)2014-12-12

What a clever idea! Very realistic, relatively easy to make, and a great alternative to breaking the real thing off of a living reef. Bravo, great 'ible!

Yes, I worry about the reef actually. It's the reason I try not to use bleach and only natural bleach alternatives when doing laundry.

bagnitsch made it! (author)2014-11-15

I made one similar for an Australian-themed party. I just did with out the rocks. I just happened on the perfect branch that inspired the idea. Yours is really cool.

Mark Montano (author)bagnitsch2014-12-01

It is the perfect branch!
Thanks for sending this to me!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-11-15

Woah that has a gorgeous effect! It really does look like coral!

I was super happy with it....Plus, I have a ton of fish tank rocks that I just can't seem to toss.....Hope you're having a terrific weekend Sweet!

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