Sea Shell Collecting...Crafting...Creating

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...

8 comments

Michaela Staňková said...

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 :-)
Nice day!!!xoxo
Vicky

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Oh I love all of these ideas Janet,but that little mermaid on the large shell is so sweet and my favourite

Amy Klimas said...

Love these!!! Especially the sweet little mermaid and the bust!!! Love the creativity. Thanks for posting.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

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 said...

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.

Elyse said...

hi janet,

everything is beautiful!

happy spring wishes

xo
elyse

Heaven's Walk said...

Love your beach style, Janet! That pretty green interior of your cabinet is so striking behind your dishes! Love it!

xoxo laurie

Michaela Buranova said...

I love your pretty beach style, too! Your ideas are always very ispiring, dear Janet. Have a lovely days, xo

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