If you’ve looked at some of the home decor catalogs lately you may have seen the look of coral branches used in all sorts of ways. Since natural coral is endangered it’s best to use fake coral to get the look.
Here’s a cheap way to get that pricey faux coral decor look. Hop on over to your local pet store or discount store that has a pet supplies area. Scout out some fake coral branches made to go in aquariums for the fish to swim around. Pick out what you like for your project, then paint it. Usually white or red paint are the most realistic colors. In the linked project the crafter used Rustoleum Gloss White to get the look she wanted. When the paint is dry, display however you like.
I like coral displayed on a bookcase, on a side table, or atop a small stack of books. They could make interesting finials for a curtain rod. Make a small display podium from a block of wood to make the piece of “coral” get more attention. The block can be painted black, silver, or left plain to contrast with the color of the coral.
Click the title of this post for some examples to inspire you at HomeStories. The page is image-heavy, so it takes a while to load. It’s worth the wait.