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Creative Cut Sea Shells Art Projects

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 1

If Sea Shells Were Money You'd Be a Billionaire

If you are an avid beachgoer who enjoys the favorite pastime of collecting seashells while vacationing at the shore, you probably have billion shells that you planned to find some ultra-creative use for but never  got around to doing that.  Now your mini sea treasures are turning into mini dust collectors and you’re wondering what to do with all those seashells.  In fact, if seashells were money you’d be a billionaire.  Here are three awesome and inexpensive do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to put your collection in the spotlight!  So blow off the dust bunnies and let’s get crafting!

First, clean the seashells by soaking them overnight in equal parts bleach and water to kill any bacteria.  Rinse and allow the seashells to dry.  Following manufacturer directions, clear coat the seashells with clear acrylic spray in a gloss finish.  Let the seashells dry thoroughly.

Floating Candle Pillars with Cut Sea Shells

Create ocean ambience with this DIY project by setting adrift floating candles in beach-inspired scents.  Purchase three or more heat-resistant crystal or glass floating candle pillars in varying heights; clear crystal or glass work best.

Fill one-third of each votive pillar with seashells and gently shake and tap to level the shells.  Cut sea shells three lengths of twine (jute or hemp) long enough to wrap each pillar three times while leaving enough twine to dangle about one inch after tying.  Wrap the twine around each pillar and tie in a knot or bow.  With all-purpose construction adhesive, glue small shells at the center of each knot or bow and along the dangling twine.  Fill the votive holders with water and top with scented floating candles in beach-inspired scents, and watch those cut seashells sparkle!

How to make seashell candles

Seashell Mirror

This mirror is a breeze and is an adorable accent piece to hang just about anywhere.  For this DIY project, use any mirror with a two and one-half inch or wider wood frame.  Gently sand the mirror frame using medium 80-120 grit sandpaper.  After sanding, wipe and frame it with cotton cloth and let dry.  Cover the edges of the mirror with painter’s tape to create a beautiful seashell mirror.

Following manufacturer instructions prime the entire mirror frame with all-purpose primer and let dry.  Follow up by painting the mirror frame with acrylic paint using a one and one-half to two-inch all-purpose brush.  Robin’s egg blue, sea mist green, and ocean coral are all awesome shades for a real beach feel.  Sprinkle sand into the wet paint and allow the paint to dry completely.  Lightly sand the edges of the frame to give the wood a distressed look.  Carefully remove the painter’s tape from the mirror.

Group seashells around the mirror frame in freeform heart, star, or flower groupings with a string of spacer shells in between.  Before gluing seashells in place, experiment with layouts by rotating the spacer shells vertically and horizontally and at alternating angles until it reaches a pleasing layout.  When satisfied with the layout, glue the seashells in place using all-purpose construction glue.  Let dry and enjoy your new, beach sea shell mirror!

How to make a Seashell Mirror

Sea Treasures Cottage Headboard

Transform a sleepy solid wood headboard into a chic cottage-style showpiece sea shell wall art.  Gently sand the headboard using medium 80-120 grit sandpaper.  After sanding, wipe the headboard with a damp cotton cloth and let dry.  Following manufacturer instructions prime the entire headboard with all-purpose primer and let dry.  Follow up by painting the headboard with acrylic paint using a two-inch all-purpose brush.  Robin’s egg blue, sea mist green, and ocean coral are all awesome shades for a real beach feel.  Sprinkle sand into the wet paint and let the paint dry thoroughly.  Lightly sand the edges of the headboard to give the wood a distressed look.

Place one large seashell or starfish at border center on the headboard.  String spacer shells to the left and to the right forming horizontal “S” patterns on each side while loosely after the angle of the headboard.  Before gluing the seashells in place, experiment with layouts by rotating the seashells vertically and horizontally.

To finish, design the focal point of the headboard by creating a large freeform heart, star, or flower grouping from cut sea shell.  Fill the freeform shape loosely or tightly with shells, whichever you prefer.  When satisfied with the layout, glue the seashells in place using all-purpose construction glue.  Repeat the same process to create a matching sea shell wall art footboard.  Relax and enjoy a treasured night’s sleep!

How To Make Sea Shells Headboard

Your precious memories of moments spent relaxing and meandering along the shoreline can  ingrain in crafty furniture and accent pieces forever.  Give these simple DIY projects a try.  While you might not become an overnight billionaire with your seashell collection, you never know.   Seashells were once a highly valued commodity and a handful of wampum (seashells) purchased the Island of Manhattan.

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Nov 5, 2012 11:55pm
eileen
You have some good ideas, I love creating sea shell crafts too.
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