Ever go to the beach and collect shells?
Ever bring home said shells in a giant ziploc bag?
Ever trip over a giant ziploc bag of oyster shells that has lived under your laundry room’s utility sink for over a year?
Ever smell a giant ziploc bag of year-old shells?
Promise me right now you won’t. It’s like whiffin’ a bowl of six month old tuna salad in the back of the fridge. Not that I would know. Nothing in my house smells bad. Even our diapers smell like my boys pooped butterflys.
So this post has a point. Let’s get to it. I found a bag of very stinky oyster shells from an old vacation in my laundry room (you gathered that already, huh?) and I was feeling crafty. So I made this…
Super simple craft. First you need to soak your shells. I soaked mine in white vinegar for a few hours to get rid of the funk. Then I gathered my supplies. I used some scrap plywood cut in a circle, a glue gun, some old brownish gray paint, and your shells.
First I painted my round piece of wood. You could probably get a precut piece at the craft store…I have so much stuff in our workroom that I just went down there and pulled some outta the scrap box. I did two coats of paint (I dried it between coats with a hairdryer because I’m dedicatedtowallart like that).
After it was dry, I laid out my shells. I tried to use my bigger shells for the first layer….then filled in the empty areas with smaller shells.
Then I just used my glue gun to attach them to the board. Really complicated huh?
Fill in the center and continue gluing. Eventually your shell art will look filled out and more like its blooming…
Pretty flowertastic, huh?!
The overall effect is really textural and fun. I think if I had access to a bunch of these I would make one giant oyster shell art wall hanging. It would be huge. Like three feet across. How pretty would that be over a bed?! Kinda like one of those gorgeous juju hats except with shells instead of feathers. So what have you been crafting lately? anything trippy? anything shelltastic?
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