One of my favorite DIY projects has been the shell mirror that I made from seashells that my family collected on vacations to the beach. This is a very easy project that doesn’t take much time to complete. I’ve made three of these mirrors over the past few years and would probably make more but I have run out of spaces to hang them. If I lived at the beach, I think I’d put one in each room.
For this project, choose an inexpensive mirror that has a fairly wide, flat base for the shells to adhere to. I have found that wooden frames work the best. If the frame isn’t a color similar or at least complimentary to your shells, give it a quick coat of white or cream paint. Next, take your shells and lay them out so that you can see the different sizes and shapes easily because you will want to spread your different shaped and sized shells evenly around the frame. I use hot glue to affix the shells and have had pretty good luck with them staying affixed to the frame. My shell mirrors have moved across the country in the back of a moving van several times and only require a few minor glueing fixes when I unpack them.
When you glue the shells to the frame, glue your large shells onto the frame first, spacing them evenly around the frame. Once those are glued on, move to your medium shells and then fill in the gaps with your smallest shells.
Once I think that I’ve added enough shells, I hang the mirror to determine whether any holes are visible and then fill those in with small and medium shells. These shell mirrors make me smile every time I see them because they remind me of our family beach vacations. Have you used seashells in a DIY project? I’d love to hear about it.