I’m in the middle of switching our home decorations to reflect the upcoming summer season and all things related to the beach are always a must for summer decor. I always start with our front entryway and decided to create a seashell flower wall art piece to replace my baking soda starfish art that I accidentally broke…grrr.
To create my new art piece, I picked up a large basket of mixed seashells from Hobby Lobby, but found one large shell broken. Instead of discarding it, I wanted to feature the shiny inside of the shell. Since the shell had a round shape, it made the perfect center for a flower.
Seashell Flower Wall Art
- seashells (4 large scallop shells, 4 smaller scallop shell, round shell for the center)
- hot glue
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- painter’s cloth or sturdy fabric
- foam core
- frame (I used an Ikea 8×8 shadow box frame)
- utility knife
Take the back off the frame and use it as a template to draw the shape onto a foam core board and a piece of painter’s cloth. Use the utility knife and cut the shape out of the foam core board. Use a scissors to cut the shape out of the painter’s cloth.
Dry fit the foam core into the frame to make sure it easily fits into the frame. Trim off any areas that are too snug. Spread Mod Podge all over the foam core and place the painter’s cloth over it. Smooth it out. Set aside and let the Mod Podge completely dry. Use the frame backing to trace and cut out a burlap square. Remove four to five threads from each side of the square burlap. You should end up with frayed edges that you will trim to be slightly smaller than the foam core backing. Once trimmed, use a generous amount of Mod Podge to adhere the burlap to the foam core board that is covered with the painter’s cloth. Let this dry completely.
Do a dry fit arrangement and create the flower shape that you like. I used 4 large scallop shells, 4 small scallop shells, and one broken round shell. Once you have an arrangement you like, begin to glue down the shells with hot glue. Let dry.
Insert your new seashell flower art into the picture frame (I removed the glass to accommodate the height of the flower) and you’re ready to display on your wall.
What’s your favorite way to use seashells?
More summer craft ideas…