Thursday, May 6, 2010

An Ode To Summer - Seashell Display Box - Quick Mothers Day Gift Idea-Tutorial

This summer Seashells are making big comeback, accent decorating with seashells is one of the hottest trends.

(Image courtesy Pottery Barn)
Pottery Barn's latest catalogue is overflowing with seashell decorated accent pieces, these pieces are really cool except for the price tags,so i thought may be i should do something with seashells too, of course minus $$$. Seashell decor may be HOT for now but for me seashells are always fascinating objects, I spend hours in collecting and decorate stuff with seashells.

So the other day while shopping at Dollar Tree, I found this cute frame. I actually bought this for one of my Paper Quilling project but then decided to make some seashell decor, I simply could not resist charm of sea shells,so i made this seashell display box.

OK quickly moving to tutorial-

Supplies we need

• Small Shadow Box ($1 Dollar Tree)
• Seashells
• Polymer clay tiles (Click here to make your own)
• Flat white Spay paint
• Hot Glue Gun
• Masking Tape


• Mask Glass of the frame with a Paper and Masking Tape.

• Spray paint white and let it dry.

• Remove the masking from the Glass.

• Distress edges with little ink and Sandpaper.

• Pull apart the back of frame.

• Place accent polymer tile in center and fill rest of box with Seashell.

• Reseal box with hot glue gun.

• Glue other Polymer clay tiles.

• Just sit back and enjoy

This display box just cost me $1 and I was able to finish entire project within one hour, so even kids can try this with little adult supervision. It would make great Mother’s day Gift Idea.

Wow isn’t this box fabulous just cant stop admiring it :)

Well that’s all for today.

Have a creative day.



  1. Love your seashell crafts, so creative and cute!

  2. What a neat idea! Love how it turned out.
    Like you, I love ginding pottery barn decor and making it for les $$ . =)

    Following from FF.

  3. I am here via Friday Follow and decided to follow you. I hope you will check me out. I am #112 Traci66 on Mr. Linky or I am having my first giveaway aldo, it is on my right sidebar at the top. I hope you will join in on the giveaway. I also have several more giveaways lined up. Happy Friday-Traci

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  5. What a wonderful blog you have! I am a new follower from FF! Please come by my blog and follow back when you get a chance!

  6. Hi! Stopping by from Friday Follow. I am now your newest follower. Please stop by my little corner of the bloggysphere when you get a chance! I am co-hosting an amazing fundraiser and you could win a week in an Orlando Vacation Home just for donating!!! Plus lots more goodies are being auctioned off.

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  8. I found you from FF; I'm following you,

    would love to get follow back at;

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Happy Friday Follow. Following you now on GFC as thrifty canucks.

    Check me out here -

    Great blog, I love the step by step instructions with the photos.

  10. I have a bag full of shells I so need to do something with (from my son's first beach trip last month)! Over from New Friend Friday! Cute blog!

  11. Great tutorial - can't really beat a project that only cost $1 and took less than an hour to finish. I think this is something my daughter would love to do with me. My first time here and I love your Linky Parties page - super helpful. I am actually hosting my first linky party today (First Fridays Etsy Artwalk) and once I get a button up and running for it I would love it if you would add it to your list. Have a great day!

  12. What a totally cute blog name - I love it. Your blog is beautiful - wonderful job!

    Stopping by from the Trendy Treehouse, hope you'll pop on by and say hello!


  13. Visiting from Friday Follow.
    We now follow you publicly through google friend connect. Please visit Mom to Bed by 8 and do the same.

  14. Very cute blog you got!! I'm your 72nd follower :)

  15. Cool idea :)
    Happy Friday Follow. following your blog, come follow mine :)

  16. LOVE New Friend Friday!!! Thank you so much for following my blog! I hope you win the gift certificate!!!

    I'm your new follower too!

    Great Great Blog!
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  17. I LOVE shells. I'm from Hawaii and growing up, my sister and I would collect shells every sunday and glue them to this poster board we kept on our wall. This craft totally takes me back lol.
    I'm a new follower from ff..nice to "meet" you! :)


  18. Happy FF! I follow you on GFC. Feel free to visit and follow (SKOY Cloths & Teething Bling giveaway).

  19. Everything is better with shells!

    m ^..^

  20. Beachy is always better! : )

  21. I love seashells, and right now I'm off to find pottery barn's new catalog..wonderful job on the frame by you!!

  22. What a cute idea! Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!

  23. Happy Friday Follow (I know it is Sunday!). I clicked on over here and I am in love. Your blog is gorgeous and full of so many great ideas!

    This frame is fantastic. I live by the beach so shells are always in here!

    You should linkup with the DIY Club for a project (there are some have to use one of three sponsors products - you can see details on my sidebar - click on it)

    Anyway. I am a new follower.


  24. I love how those tiles look like metal! Very cool. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

  25. Lov'n it! Looks great! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


  26. I love your take on this. The way your shells are displayed is fabulous and your added embellishments are super cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  27. love your crafts! I get quite a few craft things at the dollar store too!I saw you on tuesday tag-along!

  28. Love the shells!!
    New follower from Tuesday Tag-Along
    Placing your button on my site

  29. I love using sea shells to decorate... thanks for the idea!

  30. Hi thanks for visiting my blog - I am visiting you back and have become a follower!

  31. Beautiful.
    Following you from TTA.please consider following me?

  32. Hello! Thanks for tagging along this week at the Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop! I'm a follower of your blog! :)

  33. I love seashells! That's really cute!

    Glad I stopped by from Tip Junkie!

  34. Yes, it is fabulous and I'm so glad you shared your display box @ Anything Related!

  35. I love seashells, this is a very cute idea for displaying them!

  36. popped in from ?yaworkin' on Wed. Love the shell art. I have a ball jar lamp in the boys bathroom full of shells we've collected while on trips to Florida.

  37. Wow, this is so perfect for summer! I wish I had a beach house. If I did, the whole thing would be done up in this style.

    Thanks for linking this up to A Little Creative Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  38. I agree with everyone! These are so amazing. I miss Cali!