Can you believe these agate slices aren’t real? You won’t believe how they are made!
Agate slices are all the rage in home decor these days, but just a single large slice can be pricey. So why not DIY several for less than half the cost of just one real one! They are great to use as trays or even hang on the wall.
This month’s FloraCraft® Make It: Fun challenge was to create a home decor project using their 12″x12″x1″ foam boards. Can you believe that is what this agate slice started out as? Let me show you how I created it.
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Block, 12″x12″x1″
9″x12″ watercolor paper
Acrylic paints (Americana Acrylics in Boysenberry Pink, Bright Blue, and Green Tree)
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
2 shades of gray acrylic paint
1. Cut an agate slice shape out of the foam board. I used the Styro Cutter for this because it was easy to control the direction the cutter went. Remember, an agate is from a rock so it should be unevenly shaped to be realistic. You can draw a design on the foam first or just freehand it like I did. Sand the sides so that they angle slightly towards the back.
2. Place the slice face down on the watercolor paper and trace the edges. Cut out the shape of the agate on the paper.
3. Mix the acrylic paint with a small amount of water. The more diluted the paint is with water the lighter the color will be. Start with rings of darker color to make the agate then go back and fill in between the rings with lighter shades of the same color.
4. Once dry, decoupage the watercolor paper to the top of the foam. Turn upside down and put large books or weights on the foam until the decoupage is dry.
Once the glaze is dry, spread Smooth Finish around all of the edges of the foam. While it is still setting, go back and smooth out any pallette marks with your finger. It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth, but you want to have the appearance of the outside of a rock.
Once completely dry, paint over the Smooth Finish with a coat of light gray paint. Once that is dry, crumple a piece of tissue paper and daub it into a gray paint slightly darker than the first. Lightly dab the tissue paper all over the light gray paint. This will make the sides look more like rock.
Not only is this project SOOOOOO much cheaper than buying 3 agate slices, but you can also create custom colors that fit your home!
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