Although it’s only Spring, I’m up at our beach house for a few days and posting some sea shell inspiration on the blog today. Thinking ahead towards summer, perhaps you might try a few of…
these ideas for future use as projects in your own home.
Sea shells are free courtesy of Mother Nature, and most of us have a stash left from those family trips taken over the years.
I collect vintage sea shell vases and boxes, but have also made some of my own. A little bit of Gorilla Glue, or clear latex caulk are my favorite ways to adhere to just about any surface. I’ve found that although hot glue can be used, it doesn’t seem to be as permanent in shell application.
Add some watered down acrylic craft paint to a snippet of shells.
Take a vintage (or new) bust and repurpose her into a mermaid.
This vintage mermaid is a favorite…I have used her as inspiration to do some similar pieces.
A simple abalone shell that I glued onto a vintage candle sconce (one of two) that flank a mirror.
A sea fan that I painted with some aqua paint, put over burlap and framed under glass in a vintage frame.
Enjoy your weekend!
Michaela Staňková says
Beautiful inspiration Janet,thank u so much for sharing!!!I have one shea shell vase and its my fav,but love your flowerpot and candleholder.I must go make some shell things too 🙂
Amy Klimas says
Love these!!! Especially the sweet little mermaid and the bust!!! Love the creativity. Thanks for posting.
Leena Milligan Lanteigne says
Great projects, Janet! I love shells and the beach and the vintage style of shell art is a favorite! Enjoy the beach! xoxo, Leena
Art and Sand says
What fun shell projects.
My favorite is the garland on the mirror.
I hot glued sand dollars onto the side fence, but some have fallen and broken. Thanks for the tip on gorilla glue vs hot glue.
everything is beautiful!
happy spring wishes
Heaven's Walk says
Love your beach style, Janet! That pretty green interior of your cabinet is so striking behind your dishes! Love it!
Michaela Buranova says
I love your pretty beach style, too! Your ideas are always very ispiring, dear Janet. Have a lovely days, xo
Gilda Stigliano DDS says
I’m a shell lover and collector–i love all of your examples and want to imitate them! thank you for this refreshing departure from the blather of sameness
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
What a great way to bring the beach to you! 😉 Thanks for all the tips too. Hope you’re having a lovely time down there!
CAROLE PRIOR says
oh yes…I love your creative and original ‘takes’ on ‘shells’ I’ve always loved the fresh unique and delightful ways to incorporate sea shells into decor…You continue to amaze me with your ideas and your use of what is available without having to go out and buy buy buy..
I love your blog and reading this…your decorating decisions and designs… always refreshes my mind
Kathy A says
Great ideas. I haven’t tried Gorilla Glue–yet! I rely heavily on E6000 and Tacky Glue. As well as Super Glue Gel especially for mending ceramics. I need a trip to the beach–Maine coast is about 40 min. away!