These seashell decor ideas are a great way to display your beach finds and a sweet reminder of good times.
It's easy to decorate a basket with seashells, plus it's a fun way to display the seashells you picked up on your beach vacation or maybe the shells you bought at the craft/hobby store. The seashell-decorated basket I created can be used for all sorts of things. It looks great as a catchall for an assortment of favorite junk treasures or as a plant container or how about using it to store your entire seashell haul?
You guys might remember I have a large collection of seashells. Some were picked up on the beaches in Florida, and some from Kodiak Island. My Summer mantel decorations this year feature seashells. There are also glass containers filled with seashells gracing the white tables in our den. Looking at all those seashells all the time inspired me to get out my glue gun and get crafty.
I picked up this basket for $1.50 at the thrift store. Don't you love a good deal? I buy the baskets when I can get a good deal because there are so many things you can do with baskets. One of my favorite things to do with a basket is the old dry brush technique. It's so easy and the effect is dramatic, like this basket here....I Turned The Fixer Upper Finds Into Farmhouse Decor
For the seashell basket, I first spray painted it white, then decided the white was too blah. I found a can of light blue spray paint in my stash and the color was just perfect.
It only takes a minute to spray paint small items, maybe less than a minute. While the basket was drying, I pulled out all my supplies…seashells, sisal rope, and a glue gun (aka torture tool).
I hate that glue gun. Not just that glue gun…..all glue guns. I burn my fingers and arms…. and other places….every time I use it. I bought a fancy shmancy one with all kinds of tips and 3 heat controls…. but I like my cheapo one better.
I had to share the photo of my glitter nails. Sparkle is my thing.
I put the hot glue on the shells and held them in place until the glue dried. I glued them on in a random pattern. The secret is to start with the big shells and work in the smaller shells. Don't try to line them up perfectly because that will look bad, really bad.
The sisal rope was an afterthought. And I’m glad I thought of it. It's that one element that elevates the project to the next level. I bought the sisal rope on Amazon for a furniture makeover but I can see a bright future for sisal in upcoming projects. I particularly like the sisal rope handles I made for an old drawer.
I got a little carried away while filling the basket with various things and dislodged a seashell. It may stay that way…not pulling the glue gun out again until my fingers heal.
I wanted to share another quick seashell craft with you, a seashell flower on reclaimed wood. Here's what I did....
I gathered reclaimed wood, seashells, and sisal rope to work with.
I placed a few shells on the reclaimed wood board and grabbed the hot glue gun. Next, I added the sisal rope for the flower stem.
And finished it off with a pop top hanger...........shells, wood board, sisal, pop top tab, hot glue, 5 minutes….that’s it.
A very simple project. Would be great for a kids' craft either with glue or supervision using the hot glue gun.
I have all kinds of seashell projects like this seashell container I made from a thrift store find. Would you believe the container had some gold lettering on the outside, and I scraped it off using a dull knife? You can also remove the gold design on those glass door china cabinets from the 60s and 70s. Find the container project here...Thrifty Seashell Container Idea | Thrift Store Decor
Decorate a grapevine or apple wood wreath with seashells....DIY Sisal Rope And Seashell Wreath Idea | Vacation Memories
Use a single starfish and a few rows of sisal rope to decorate a rusty metal container. Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket
Have any of you had experience with a glue gun? My daughter-in-law told me that if anything suspicious ever happened to the JTS…I might be a suspect...... but with my fingerprints burnt off……well….
Do you take beach vacations? Have any seashell display ideas for me? Leave a note. Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
Martha Stewart suggests: "Use a cheap glue-gun when it acts up throw it out use another cheap glue-gun"
You do beautiful work my hobby is Trash to Treasure.
Thank you Kevin!
Kathy, I love the glass container with the white base and top that you have seashells in. Wish I could find one similar. I love seashells, too, and have quite a few that I display mostly in my bathroom and bedroom. And the seashell basket you make is so cute. Inspired!
Thank you Naomi!
Hi Kathy, your renewing of the goose was perfectly timed. Mine looks so sad I didn’t put it out this summer. Am going to freshen it up during winter. We are on the east coast so it will get cold and it’s a good time for some projects. Thanks for all the great tips. Barbara.
Yes, it's too hot for projects now. Would love to see a picture of your goose when you get it refreshed!
Sorry, had to laugh about the whole glue gun approach as I've SO been there ! Here are two suggestions, one is a trip to Dollar Tree (craft area for a small package of their pink fingertip protectors just to prevent burns , I'd send you a pkg. if I had an address, or if there's an office supply store around these pink gems look like the rubber finger tip guards cashiers use to count money in the banks not as pretty as the pink ones. I use a glue gun to death and a fellow blogger I read had gotten a Ryobi cordless that I had dreamed of -it has battery packs like a cordless drill does that last up to an hour. My sweet girls gave me one plus the battery packs for Christmas this past year. There are times and places you don't have access to a plug or umpteen feet of of power cords.
I have tons of shells since I lived in Florida on the gulf Coast and have spent a couple thousand hours cleaning them as they can carry bacteria. Loved your arrangements. Here's one for you. I noticed a lettered olive shell in your arrangements. We used ceiling fans there and here in NC , I use them as fan pulls by getting a length of beaded chain and gluing it to the open end .they make lovely chain pulls. I've done lots of wreaths, framed collections, bowls ,tops of wooden boxes, and my favorite is a pair of glass fillable lamps (I found mine at Target a few years go) that can be changed seasonally. There's and endless list of things like magnets or push pins for cork boards, they look terrific on cork. I even made us an entire Christmas tree decorated with starfish and shells when we first moved there as our things were in storage. I keep a Costal inspiration board on Pinterest. Hope this gives you some ideas.
Thank you! Now I know the real name of the lettered olive shells. I call them roly polys, lol. Yes, I've made magnets with them too. I like the ceiling fan chain idea. I've also seen them on the end of drink stirrers. Do you like the Ryobi glue gun?
Kathy, I absolutely Love the Ryobi glue gun ! I purchased another glue gun just prior to it and ended up returning it from a very big hobby and craft store ..claimed it was cordless (for about a minute) turned out it didn't even work to begin with.. No heat at all. I didn't get to use the Ryobi at first due to tendinitis of the thumb -not sure which hurt worse the thumb or the waiting to use the glue gun !