Leather Fish Scales

March 4, 2014

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Have you ever seen the Australian show H2O Just Add Water? I love that show! I’m 27, at least I think I’m 27 I never can remember how old I am. Anyways I’m a grown adult and I love this teeny bopper show. Maybe it’s because I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid or magic is cool or maybe I just think the grownup Louis is pretty cute. I don’t know, but I love it! So when I saw a trinket at the store with leather fish scales on it, I knew I would have to hack my own. I thought I would need to order some things, but I just happened the have the leather I thought I didn’t have. Yeah some people just have leather sitting around their place…and it was JUST enough to finish the project with.

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It was fairly simple really; I cut out loads of leather circles, picked an item I wanted to put them on, laid them out to make sure I liked the look and got to hot gluing them.
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I actually have a project in mind for the scraps!
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I didn’t like how the scales ended abruptly so I cut what I had left in half and laid them over the top row. Of course that wasn’t enough so I randomly painted 5 leather fish scales gold with, wait for it: the Krylon paint pen. Yeah baby! I wanted a little more contrast at the bottom of the box so I painted the parts of the wood that were still showing in black.
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This is going to be a part of our in progress command center, it will hold things like receipts instead of sitting on a pile on the bar. I want to do something darker behind it considering the leather is a very similar color to the wall behind it.
It was sooo simple and even with cutting out the scales It only took me about an hour. And that my dears is that.
If you haven’t already make sure to link up to the party I am co-hosting with Jess from Plucky’s Second Thought
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Do you have anything you want to put fish scales on?

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  • Dona March 5, 2014 at 7:57 am

    So cute!! Can you tell me what “Bell Trees” are? Or how you came to name your blog? I’m intrigued!

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Dona! My little man likes for me to tell him stories so that’s how the stories start out “In the Woods of Bell Trees…”.

  • Grandmother March 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    So cute and clever!

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Jenerally Informed March 5, 2014 at 9:19 am

    How cute is that! My peeps like H20 too!

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you! Do you ever get the theme song stuck in your head? I can’t get it out of mine. LOL

  • Jess March 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Ha! This is so cute!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week! :)

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Anam (Delicious and DIY) March 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Super Cute i love fish scales i have two wall arts already in my house and i want more of them ;). The color of the leather is so fun and beautiful. Turned out gorgeous.

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      I am soooo not surprised you have always got the coolest patterns and textures going on! :D Thank you!

  • Marti March 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I totally love this fish scale thing design, what a fab and chic idea for your box. You must have a lot of patience I would have thrown a frustration tantrum halfway cutting the material lol
    I never remember how old I am either but I think its because I don’t want to remember (I’m a lot older than you) lol

    • Heather March 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Marti! If it had been super thin I probably would have too! Haha I know what you mean! You look super young!

      • Marti March 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

        Thank You xoxoxo

        • Heather March 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm


  • a spirit of simplicity March 6, 2014 at 5:54 am

    very cool. I was thinking you could put them on a big wooden fish cut out.

    • Heather March 6, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Thank you! That would be perfect!

  • Heidi Kay March 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful! I really like the colors you picked. Pinning!

    • Heather March 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Aww thank you! :D

  • GenuinelyHannah March 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I love this fish scale idea! I need to think of something to put them on… :) thanks for sharing.

    • Heather March 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Oh thank you! You will love making something with the scales!

  • Brandi @ Nest of Bliss March 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Very cute scales, and I love projects that show personality!

    • Heather March 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you! :D

  • Deborah March 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    What a cute idea! Love the color too. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

    • Heather March 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Deborah! :D

  • Lisa Curcio March 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

    This is a beautiful project! Thanks for sharing!

    • Heather March 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Lisa!

  • Steph March 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This looks so neat! Thanks for linking up!!!

    • Heather March 9, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Thank you!

  • Ana Love Craft March 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Super cute! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    • Heather March 12, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Thank you! You too Ana!

  • Theresa @DearCreatives March 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Unique and lovely diy! Thanks for linking up with My Favorite Things party! Theresa @DearCreatives

    • Heather March 14, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Thank you Theresa!

  • aprila March 14, 2014 at 9:52 am

    such a neat idea,looks great. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again nest week.

    • Heather March 15, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Thank you! I will be there! :D

  • Natasha in Oz March 15, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Say G’day Saturday post. I’m so thrilled you joined in.

    Hope you can join in with this week’s party which has just started!

    Take care and best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Heather March 15, 2014 at 1:31 am

      You bet! Absolutely I am heading over! Thank you, same to you my dear!

  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Hello Heather! That is so adorable! I love all things mermaid too! I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for the idea!

    ~ Vashti

    • Heather March 19, 2014 at 5:32 am

      Hey Vashti! Yes you definitely should, I think you will enjoy it!