Make your own DIY seashell art. It all started at Joann’s when I found a bag of seashells, since I’m desperate for the sun & sand I figured I’d try my hand at some seashell artwork. I had a few small canvases at home so I made these for just a couple dollars. These would make a thoughtful hostess gift for a summer party, or when visiting a friend’s cottage. Would be cute in a summer vignette or in a pool house, end of the year teacher’s gift……you get the idea!! If you want to see some real seashell art check out this Nantucket store.
To create your own seashell art you’ll need:
A blank white canvas, mine are 5″ square
Craft ink pads in various colors
A foam brush
Twine for hanging
Start by swiping your canvas with one color ink at a time and use your foam brush to soften the edges of the ink as you go. I just added colors until I was happy with the way it looked. I used gold on both to tie them together.
Arrange your shells in a pattern you like. Once you’re happy, glue the shells down one at a time. I used a shank remover tool (used for buttons) to take off any excess shell that kept the design from going together the way I wanted.
Add twine to the back. I used hot glue to adhere it. The frames aren’t terribly heavy so I think that’ll work just fine. If you do a larger canvas I’d probably do something a little sturdier. Just remember if your picture hanger is going to be nailed to the frame do it before you put anything on the canvas!
I think I’m going to put a thin layer of spray sealer over these to protect them.