Seashell Craft Tutorial: Make a Seashell Topiary & Seashell Deco Spheres

Make Seashell Decor Spheres

Seashell Deco Spheres

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.

Make a seashell topiary

Seashell Topiary

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
  • Water
  • Sand
  • 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!

Craft a seashell frame

Make a frame using your seashells.

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. 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?

Happy crafting!


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12 Responses to Seashell Craft Tutorial: Make a Seashell Topiary & Seashell Deco Spheres

  1. Patti says:

    Love it..going to make myself one. ..

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  5. Jean Walker says:

    I have always loved sand dollars and picked up many at certain times of the year in the Bahamas on a little ‘out’ island. I make Christmas ornaments from them and they are always more meaningful to me. The sand dollar has five little openings. I use small stretch gold stretchy cords or something similar, narrow white ribbon will do. thread into hole and tie a knot so it doesn’t slip out and tie a loop at end, hand on tree. Beautiful and natural…..Jean Walker

  6. ubhdenton says:

    Reblogged this on Broom With a View and commented:
    I can’t wait to make these

  7. Donna says:

    I really like your shell spheres. I’ve seen them before at Pottery Barn, but they were fake shells. Of course, real is always better! Thanks!

  8. Ellen says:

    marvelous projects! tfs

  9. Ready Or Not says:

    Great shell craft! You should stop by and link up to my seashell craft post!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for the comment and the invitation. I just posted two images on your fun blog. Lucky you, living near the beach! I hope you’ll visit again. Sharon

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