Crafter’s Pick Glue
Shells (I had about 100 various sizes)
Starfish (I purchased the ones I used for $1)
Wreath (I used a small grapevine wreath, but most types will work)
To whiten the shells: Mix 1 part bleach with 3 parts water (I did 2 cups bleach + 6 cups water) in the sink. Leave for about 5 hours or overnight.Step 2
Rinse well using a strainer (so the shells don’t go down the drain). Rinse again – use dish soap if needed.
Dry completely on a dish towel. I just let mine air dry.
Lay out your shells like a puzzle and get started hot-gluing them in place. If you’re kids are doing this with you, Crafter’s Pick Glue is the best because it isn’t runny.
Stop and make sure it’s not too crooked or strange shaped. I tied mine to the oven. It looked pretty misshapen! Go back and add more shells. Check again, back up 10 feet again and look at it. Final product….
Done! I actually went back and added a few more shells and a sand dollar after the picture was taken. Feel free and make it anyway you wish. I chose not to see any of the grapevine wreath in the background, you can do that too.
1. Do not use your favorite dish towels when shells are drying. They may still have bleach on them!
2. Attach your string, ribbon, or twine before you begin the project.
3. Do not leave a metal spatula in the bleach – it will corrode.
4. Make sure you have enough glue before you begin!
I’ve seen these retail for $125!