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Today is craft day and I have a DIY seashell basket planter craft that’s easy as pie to make. Who doesn’t have seashells picked up on beach vacations?? You need to display them some way.
This basket can be used for all sorts of things not just as a plant container. It looks great as a catchall for an assortment of my favorite junk treasures.
Have Fun With Seashells
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 a $1.50 at the thrift store. Don’t you love a good deal.
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.
While the basket was drying I pulled out all my supplies…seashells, sisal rope, and glue gun (aka torture tool).
work in progress
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. My lovely granddaughter Tenley painted them for me. The three of us girls had a manicure/pedicure party Friday night while the granddaughters were over.
Seashell Home Decor
I put the hot glue on the shells and held them in place until the glue dried. I glued them on in a thoughtful 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 got a little carried away while filling the basket with various things and knocked off a shell. It may stay that way…not pulling the glue gun out again until my fingers heal.
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….
Ha! Thanks for being here, Kathy