How to Make a Sea Urchin and Driftwood Picture Frame

Make artwork waves with this eye catching and quirky sea urchin spine and driftwood frame. 

Materials Needed

  • wood picture frame
  • sea urchin spines
  • small driftwood pieces
  • hot-glue gun

Side With Caution

Sea urchins live in every ocean in the world and they come in a variety of colors. When they’re alive, they are beautiful but dangerous. They aren’t called “the porcupines of the sea” for nothing. Once they fall off the urchin, though, their spines are a safe, unique, and sculptural crafting element.

Finding small driftwood pieces at the beach, however, is a painless and easy endeavor.

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Introduction: Sea Urchins by the Sea Shore With sea urchin spines and driftwood pieces, you can create a vibrant coastline inspired photo frame.

Lay It Out

When picking a frame, look for one that is wide enough to hold most of the length of the urchin spines. It also helps if the frame has a bit of texture, instead of a smooth finish, so that the glue has something to adhere to. Decide which way your frame will go – vertically or horizontally, so that you can make your design work. Since some of the spines may hang off your frame, you may want to hang this finished picture frame on the wall, not stand it on a table.

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Tools: hot glue gun glue sticks Materials: wood picture frame sea urchin spines small driftwood pieces

Some Bonding Time

Apply a bead of hot glue to a sea urchin spine and lay it on one corner of the frame. It helps to start with the corner and work your way inward. Stick to the middle of the spine with the glue, and apply liberally. Press lightly on the spine and wait a few minutes to allow the glue to bond to the frame. Rushing to the next spine before the glue has solidified may cause the spines to slide. 

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Step 1: Side With Caution Sea urchins live in every ocean in the world and they come in a variety of colors. When they’re alive, they are beautiful but dangerous. They aren’t called “the porcupines of the sea” for nothing. Once they fall off the urchin, though, their spines are a safe, unique, and sculptural crafting element! Finding small driftwood pieces at the beach, however, is a painless and easy endeavor.

Diversify

For a more interesting look, intersperse pieces of the driftwood with the sea urchin spines. There is no right or wrong combination against the wooden frame, so glue them down in whatever pattern you like.

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Step 2: Some Bonding Time When picking a frame, look for one that is wide enough to hold most of the length of the urchin spines. It also helps if the frame has a bit of texture, instead of a smooth finish, so that the glue has something to adhere to. Decide which way your frame will go – vertically or horizontally, so that you can make your design work. Since some of the spines may hang off your frame, you may want to hang this finished picture frame on the wall, not stand it on a table. Apply a bead of hot glue to a sea urchin spine and lay it on one corner of the frame. It helps to start with the corner and work your way inward. Stick to the middle of the spine with the glue, and apply liberally. Press lightly on the spine and wait a few minutes to allow the glue to bond to the frame. Rushing to the next spine before the glue has solidified may cause the spines to slide.

Photo Finish

With the assorted colors and textures of a sea urchin spine and driftwood frame, you can choose any photo to slip into the finished product. Whether it’s a beachy family photo or a selfie, this frame will be the perfect setting for your memories.

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Step 3: Diversify For a more interesting look, intersperse pieces of the driftwood with the sea urchin spines. There is no right or wrong combination against the wooden frame, so glue them down in whatever pattern you like!

Thanks for the Memories

A sea urchin spine and driftwood photo frame is striking DIY project that will surely be a conversation starter in your space.

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

DIY Sea Urchin Spine Frame

Step 4: Photo Finish With the assorted colors and textures of a sea urchin spine and driftwood frame, you can choose any photo to slip into the finished product. Whether it’s a beachy family photo or a selfie - this frame will be the perfect setting for your memories!

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