While we were in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this summer, I managed to pick up a few shells I felt like I needed to add to my collection of things I collect. I seriously don’t mean to collect things, but I usually find a use for these ‘collections’ somewhere in our home. I found these beautiful natural, silvery seashells on the beach on a few of our beach walks and was in awe of how lovely they were. So I had this idea to make some things with them. One of these ideas included this vase. I was actually inspired to make this vase by this cute Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase that I found at Anthropologie this year. I considered painting the shells a different color, but they are just so beautiful the way they are. So I decided to leave them natural. I loved coming up with this idea because it is a way I can have a small reminder of our walks on the beach and incorporate it into our home. Follow these steps to create your own fun vase! (Photos read from left to right, then top to bottom).
Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need a curvy vase (I actually used an olive oil dispenser), seashells, spray paint, glue gun with glue sticks, (optional: painters tape).
Steps 2-3: I decided to tape off the top of my vase and only paint the outside, but this is optional. Otherwise feel free to take your vase outside and make sure it is spotless. Then spray paint a layer on. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and then apply another coat. Allow this to dry for about an hour before applying your seashell flower.
Steps 4-5: Arrange your seashells into the order that you will want to glue them together (I arranged mine like a flower). And use your hot glue gun to glue each piece together. Once this is finished, glue your full seashell flower to the curve of your dried vase.
Step 6: Voilá! Your vase is finished and now you can feel free to fill it with some simple flowers or berries!
Photography by Marilyn Nimz