You choose: Make a Seashell Topiary or a Sea Glass Topiary

Seashells + sea glass = what’s not to like? I would be hard pressed to choose between the two, so today I’m sharing a Seashell Topiary and a Sea Glass Topiary. Both are a beautiful way to add a little beach theme decor to your home. You might even consider mixing it up, and adding nuggets of colorful sea glass to your Seashell Topiary, or vice versa.

seashell crafts and sea glass crafts for beach theme decorating

Click through for the tutorial to make the Seashell Topiary. The instructions for the Sea Glass Topiary are below. Both are designed by Kathleen George.

Seashell Topiaries are simply elegant, and adaptable to whatever seashells you have in your stash. The tutorial for the Seashell Topiary is already on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Today, I’ll share the tutorial for the Sea Glass Topiary. Sea glass is not as readily available on the beach, but fortunately, you can purchase it by the bagful at craft stores and some discount chains.

To make a Sea Glass Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” x 4” cone
  • Beach glass pieces, equal to three pounds (we mixed shades of blue & white)
  • Low-temperature gun
  • Tools: Pencil; ruler; scissors; wire cutters

    Sea glass crafts for beach theme home decor

    We used shades of blue and white sea glass.

To make a Sea Glass Topiary:

1. Starting at the bottom of the cone, glue glass pieces around the base. Work on a small section at a time. Overlap the glass pieces as needed to cover the area. Your glass pieces do not need to lie flat, and in fact, it can be more interesting to have some pieces jutting out from the cone.

2. Continue working around and up the cone, one section at the time, until entire surface is covered.

I thought I’d share another version, in beautiful, soothing shades of green. The instructions for this Sea Glass Topiary are on

beach theme home decor with sea glass crafts

Diane Flowers designed this Sea Glass Topiary in soothing shades of green and with a starfish top.

The Seashell Cone Topiary can also take on a very different look, depending on the seashells you have on hand. To see how you can change it up, check out the tutorial for the Seashell Cone Topiary pictured below, also on

seashell accents for beach theme home decor

A different assortment of seashells changes the look. Seashell Cone Topiary designed by Kathleen George.

Seashell Topiary Crafts

An all-white Seashell Topiary.

A parting thought for you – what do you think of this Seashell Topiary that’s painted all white? Do you like the elegant simplicity of an all-white Seashell Topiary, or do you prefer the Seashell Topiary au natural?

Happy crafting!


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10 Responses to You choose: Make a Seashell Topiary or a Sea Glass Topiary

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  3. Linda H says:

    This is so awesome. I have so many shells I have collected over the years and now I know what to do with them. This looks like a Christmas present waiting to be created. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. This is so neat!!! I’m thinking of bringing the BEACH to Christmas this year 🙂 So pinning this!

  5. Jan Saunders says:

    These are so impressive, really great. Think mine would lhave to have pride of place in my home.

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