Fill a Shadow Box with your Seashells. Easy to pull off, and striking in look. A deep enough shadow box can also be displayed free standing.
Printer Tray Shell Displays like this gorgeous example by Michelle Snowden offer many little compartments to highlight shells.
Learn how to make an easy seashell wall hanging for your home using your shells from the beach.
When my little guy started preschool last year, every day he came home with something from nature – leaves, acorns, sticks. You name it, and he brought it inside.
I finally put a nature bowl in the mudroom where he could drop off all of his goodies when he entered the house.
Wherever he goes, he always finds something for his nature bowl.
This year we were lucky to vacation by the beach, and my son collected more seashells than even his nature bowl could hold.
While we were on vacation, I set my kids up to do some seashell crafts and figured I would do the same.
After all, the seashells were so pretty and would make for nice memories from our trip.
Seashell wall art was also perfect for this month’s DIY challenge.
Each month we have been collaborating with a talented group of DIY bloggers, and this month’s theme is any 2 hour DIY project.
How to Make Seashell Wall Art
Making this seashell wall art was super easy! You just need a few crafty things to throw it together.
As far the the seashells, you want to find seashells that are a good size for the wall art that you are making.
If you are making a big piece, you can use larger seashells or a combination, but if you are making a smaller piece, you’ll want to use smaller seashells, so you can make tight lines with your shape.
Materials for Seashell Wall Art
- Seashells (see above tip for size)
- Wood – You can buy this from the craft store or use scrap wood or drift wood. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby. Here’s a similar one.
- Glue – I used hot glue because that’s what I had at the time but mod podge would work well
- Scrap paper
Instructions for Heart Shaped Seashell Art
Below are the instructions for making seashell wall art for your home.
Clean Your Seashells
First, you’ll want to clean your seashells well.
I rinsed the seashells with dish soap and water to get the sand off.
Then I let them sit in a bucket of one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide.
No need to use bleach!
Choose or Make Your Background
For my wooden background, I picked up a decorative piece from Hobby Lobby.
It was pallet wood that had a drift wood look, so it was perfect.
You could make the background with scrap wood too.
Choose Your Shape
I decided to do a heart because we just love the beach.
To get the shape, I drew half the heart on a piece of scrap paper.
Then, I folded the paper in half and cut. This way both sides of the heart were symmetrical.
Next, I cut out the heart and traced it onto the background wood.
Arrange Your Seashells
The next step is to arrange your seashells onto the shape you drew.
I started by doing the perimeter of the shape.
I lined up the curves of the seashells with the curves of the heart, filling in smaller seashells where I needed.
Glue Down the Shells
Once you are happy with the arrangement, you can start gluing down the seashells.
Again, start with the perimeter of the heart and work your way around. This part is a little tedious, but it’s fun to see it come together.
Time and Cost of the Seashell DIY
The seashell wall art took me less than 2 hours and the cost was just the background wood – which was around $6.
It was a very simple DIY and I love the way it turned out. It’s a fun way to remember our wonderful trips to the beach.
Be sure to check out the other projects you can do in two hours!
This DIY seashell art piece is a beautiful addition to any home beach decor. Use seashells collected from the beach or bought from the store and you’ll be feeling beachy in no time!
Make this seashell art in under an hour with seashells you’ve collected from the beach or bought from the store. It’s a cheap and creative way to add some beach inspired decor into your home.
Beach home decor is really popular these days -who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by the relaxing and happy feeling of the beach all year long?
If you want to add beach inspired home decor to your home but I don’t want to pay a fortune for them, then easy DIY projects are going to be your friend.
And this DIY seashell art is easy peasy.
For more easy Beach inspired crafts, check these out: diy seaglass art here and diy seashell candles here.
I created this seashell art with an inexpensive shadow box frame, some simple crafting glue and some seashells my family and I collected from the beach last summer.
This craft took less than an hour and was easy to make. It’s like coloring in a shape with seashells!
I made a heart shape with this piece, but the shape options are limitless.
I think it would look great with letter shapes too, like the initial letter or monogram for your family name, or even a number that holds special meaning.
If you’re using seashells collected from the beach, make sure you clean them for crafting.
Check out my blog post on how to clean seashells for a couple of easy methods. Cleaning them is important so you remove gunk and smells often left behind.
If you bought your seashells from the store or online, no need to clean them as they come pre-cleaned.
Once you have some squeaky clean shells, you are ready to get nifty! Here’s the tutorial…
How to make Seashell Art -Heart shaped
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- Cut the cardstock or paper to the size of the backing of your frame and glue it to the backing.
Glue the backing of the frame
Place card stock on frame backing
- Using a pencil, trace a heart shape (or any other shape) onto the cardstock/paper
- Using your larger seashells first, glue them in any place inside the heart shape. Make sure to even distribute the larger pieces within your shape
- Once the larger seashells are done, you can start gluing on the medium size ones. This ensures that the big and medium size seashells are evenly distributed within your shape, as they will be more eyecatching than the smaller ones. The smaller ones are for filling in the gaps and for creating clean edges along the border of the heart shape.
- Using the smallest shells, glue them to fill in the gaps between the rest of the shells and also the border of the shape.
- Optional: you can use decorative pearls to add some extra texture and shine to your artwork
And voila, your beautiful beach inspired seashell art is ready to be displayed! Enjoy and hope to SEA ya soon!
I ended up making 2 versions of this diy seashell art, here are some final pictures of both…
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