This is a home decor DIY I've been thinking about for a while. I wanted an alternative to the previous methods I had seen to make crystals: something quick and inexpensive - with easily found materials, a decoration on a larger scale and something where the result would be as realistic as I could make.
| WHAT YOU NEED |
| WHAT YOU NEED |
| HOW TO MAKE IT |
Start by preparing your polystyrene shape - remove any excess and don't worry about making the shape a little rough around the edges - it will all add to the texture and interest of the final crystal.
Paint the shape with a couple of coats of your chosen base colour and leave to dry completely. To add depth and detail to the crystal, I also painted the inside of the rim and centre:
...and because the crystal wont be sparkly enough for me, I added a little glitter to the centre, which would show through any small gaps:Build the crystal, starting from the centre out. Add glue in small sections and pour in your crushed glass until it sets. Remove the excess and continue the process:
In addition to the paint, I created depth to the crystal by using two colours of crushed glass. I started with the dark grey glass in the centre and then used a clear crushed glass :
Once the inside of the crystal was complete, I added glue around the rim in a more irregular way to give the effect of a crystal chipped away from it's rock:
The hot glue means that your finished crystal is ready to display immediately:
Create different styles by varying the base shapes colours, sizes, crushed glass colours:
This DIY is so simple to make and can be tailored to any colour scheme or interior style. I think it may be the first of many. Let me know if you give this one a go and tag me in any photographic evidence!