Sunday, October 10, 2010

Framed Seashell Display

Here I am dreaming of my blue and white ocean/beach theme bathroom again.  (I've been doing this recently because we may possibly be moving sometime in the spring)  Although it is just a possibility right now, I can't help but think of what might be!

Plus, I found a really beautiful wooden frame (with mass-produced artwork) at a yard sale for $1, when it originally sold in stores for $40!  The glass was missing, but that was perfect for me since I wouldn't be using it anyway.  It was a metallic silver color, so I just spray painted it white.  (Sorry, no before picture... I blame my impatience!)  At the very same yard sale I got a big basket full of seashells for $1, too!  I purchased some burlap at a local fabric store, and used the artwork (flipped over, so it was plain cardboard under the burlap) and cut the fabric so it would wrap around a few inches on each side.  I laid out the seashells and took a picture so I would remember the placement I wanted.


 I wrapped the burlap around and hot glued it to the back of the cardboard.  I had to trim the corners a bit because it was too bulky.  Then I rearranged the shells, checking with my photo to make sure they were where I had them before.  One by one I glued the shells to the burlap.  I rubbed the glue in through the burlap to make sure it would stick to the cardboard so the weight of the shell would not pull the burlap away from the cardboard when it was hanging.  



I love three dimensional art!



  1. Very neat idea...I'll have to try it, pretty and easy that's my style!

  2. I live on the Chesapeake Bay and my whole rec room is blue & white beach theme! Thanks so much for this idea, I love the burlap!

  3. Very nice display. Shell art is a casual yet a classic approach to decorating anywhere from a home to an office or business lobby. Ir's appealing to the eye plus sends off both relaxing yet romantic favorite way to decorate is with shells, framed free-style sand art and driftwood projects...anything beachy and nautical..

  4. I love this art work so much that it was in the back of my mind for so long. I had handpicked few nice shells at beaches of Florida last year so finally found a decent frame, hopefully will finish this soon!

  5. Strangely Google did not pick your page this time during the search, had to dig deeper.....


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