How to Decorate a Mirror or Picture Frame With Seashells

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Seashells can add a unique touch to a picture or mirror frame. The finished product will allow you to keep a part of the ocean in your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Seashells
  • Glue Guns
  • Glues
  • Picture Frames
  • Wall Mirrors

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  1. 1

    Collect or buy seashells.

  2. 2

    Clean and dry the shells carefully.

  3. 3

    Select a wall mirror or picture frame with a flat frame. If you use a picture frame, remove the glass before decorating it. If you use a mirror and it is not removable from the frame, cover the mirror surface with newspaper stuck under the edge of the frame to protect it from the glue.

  4. 4

    Choose a frame that is made of wood or plastic for the best results.

  5. 5

    Sort through your shells and lay them on the frame in different arrangements to see what you like best. Consider decorating a frame with shells of one type or mixing and matching many kinds.

  6. 6

    Space the shells apart if you would like to see the color of the frame as a background. Arrange them tightly together if you do not wish to see the frame.

  7. 7

    Try to place the flattest part of your shell against the frame so it will attach easily.

  8. 8

    Pick up the shells one by one and spread glue on them using a glue gun or a tacky craft glue.

  9. 9

    Press the shell against the frame and hold it for a second before moving to the next shell.

  10. 10

    Remember that until the glue sets, the shell will move if you bump it.

  11. 11

    Allow the glue to dry completely before standing the frame up or hanging it on the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • This project is a great way to create a memento of a beach vacation.

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