Making a Seashell Mirror

April 29, 2009

Mirror decorated with shells.I made this beautiful bathroom mirror with shells I collected from a beach in Florida and a mirror that I picked up in a dollar store. I used a glue gun to attach the shells. It was so easy and came out so pretty.


First, I bleached the shells and let them dry in the sun. I purchased an 8x10 inch mirror at a dollar store and proceeded to hot glue the shells onto the frame. It was already brown in color and 1 in. wide. It was perfect for a base. I tried to create a pattern with the shells. As you can see, I am delighted with the finished product and it cost me the expense of the glue sticks and the $1 frame!

By Mary Lou from Flanders, NJ

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January 13, 2005

I previously replied to a request of what to do with excess shells. I explained how I decorated wooden or chipboard (MDF in Australia) mirror or picture frames with shells. I recently made one for a friend who celebrated her 40th birthday on the weekend.

Framed mirror decortated with shells.

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March 22, 2007

I'm looking for instructions on how to make a seashell mirror.

Thank you,
Linda from Anna Maria, FL


By Cathy from Townsville, Australia (Guest Post)
March 28, 20070 found this helpful

hi Linda
The easiest way is to play with the seashells by laying them out on a pattern the same size as the mirror until you are happy with the layout. Then mix up some plaster of paris, and place a small section on the frame.


Using your laid out shells, press these into the frame, section by section. Good luck!

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June 1, 20071 found this helpful

Hello, we create seashell mirrors. I am in the process of creating a website for seashell craft projects. Our website will have kits, craft project instructions, and even made up items for sale. Our goal is to inform the world that there are more bigger and better projects for people to do with seashell then what is being done with them now. We will be showing how to make flowers, people, animals, etc....
If you want furter information on the subject please feel free to contact me.

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March 1, 2017

Choosing the right glue or adhesive is the most important part of successfully attaching shells to a mirror. This page contains suggestions for the best way to attach shells to mirrors.


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