It’s another day at the beach on Crafts ‘n Coffee, as we share tutorials for crafting a Seashell Topiary and Seashell Deco Spheres. I love to walk on the beach, enjoying the surf and collecting shells. But, once you’re back at home, what do you do with all of the shells you’ve collected? Follow our tutes by designer Kathleen George to create your own custom seashell accessories that keep the beach close at hand.
Here’s what you need to make a Seashell Topiary:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 15″ x 5″ cone (or size of your choice)
- Assorted seashells, 5-10 cups
- Tools: Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
To make your Seashell Topiary:
1. Starting with the larger shells, use a glue gun to add the first layer of shells to the foam cone. You’ll use more, larger shells around the base, and fewer shells near the top.
2. Continue adding shells, using smaller shells to fill in the gaps, and overlapping them till entire cone is covered. Note: at the top, Kathleen glued additional shells over the original shells to create a fuller look.
Here’s what you need to make a Seashell Deco Sphere:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5” ball (or size of your choice)
- Assorted small seashells
- Ceramic tile adhesive
- Tools: Rubber spatula; disposable container; natural sea sponge; soft rag
To make your Seashell Deco Sphere:
1. Mix small amount of sand with tile adhesive in disposable container. Use spatula to apply mixture to one area of foam ball at a time. Use hands to press seashells into “grout.”
2. Let set a few minutes, then gently smooth using damp sponge. Rinse sponge often in fresh water.
3. Let grout set up slightly, then wipe face of shells again with damp sponge. Let dry completely. Use clean, soft rag to polish shells.
Display and enjoy!
Here’s another idea for you, too — our Seashell Frame. The frame is made from STYROFOAM Brand Foam, so you can make it any size and shape you choose. www.styrofoamcrafts.com has a tutorial for the Seashell Frame.
I’m curious about any beach treasures you might have collected. What’s the most unusual item you’ve ever found on the beach?