I looooooove me some shells. I’ve been collecting them since I was a little girl. Growing up, my mom gave me a Knott’s Berry Farm jams box, and I’d delight in walking the California coastline, finding shells and putting them in the different compartments. Now, living on Florida’s Gulf Coast, near some of the best shelling beaches in the country, I am truly in Heaven!
Shells are a free, simple and beautiful way of personalizing a gift and making something ordinary look extraordinary. One morning recently, I gathered a bunch of my shells, plugged in my glue gun and basically went around the house looking for things to add shells to and give as gifts.
Don’t they just look so elegant and gorgeous?!? As you can see, I ended up finding a votive holder, a small glass bowl, a Mason jar and a small frame.
The black item is actually a long piece of black grosgrain ribbon that’s meant to be a bracelet. How cute is that, right? I measured the ribbon, cut a V at each end, painted some clear nail polish on the ends so they wouldn’t fray, and glued the shells on. A Christmas gift for my sister-in-law… Done!
What you need:
Hot glue gun (and extra glue sticks)
Stuff to put shells on
It doesn’t get much easier! Just plug in your glue gun and go to town!
Have you used shells or other beach treasures to make your own gifts or art? Share your ideas in the comments section below.