How to Make a Seashell Rose

August 25, 2010

Two sea shell roses.This is a gorgeous, romantic, and elegant craft which can be applied to a number of other crafts as an enhancement, although it is completely stunning on its own! The shells (if you live near bodies of water) are free, which is the best part!


Approximate Time: Depending on the size of rose you wish to make, this craft takes from 20 to 30 minutes.



  1. Load glue gun with glue stick and plug in to warm up.
  2. While glue gun is warming up, arrange your oyster shells from largest to smallest.
  3. Find the two largest, (pieces are just as good as full shells) and glue ends together, so that the shells rest on your work surface opposite from one another.
  4. Find the next two largest from the ones left, and repeat the process, only having turned your base about forty-five degrees.
  5. Now that you have a complete base to work from, start finding the medium-sized shells, which usually have more of a curve to them, like the inner petals of a rose.
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  7. Take those and glue them after turning base another forty-five degrees, these two should angle up about twenty to thirty degrees, to mimic the opening of a rose bloom.
  8. Rotate your rose another forty-five degrees and use 2-3 of the next smaller size shells, gluing them in at a slightly steeper angle, almost closing the bloom.
  9. Take your snail, auger, or bit of nautilus shell and stand it upright in the middle of your rose, gluing and holding it there until it is cooled.
  10. Once all of the rose has cooled securely, take it outside and place on a piece of cardboard. Spray with lacquer lightly, making sure to get in-between the layers of petals. (Don't go overboard, or the spray paint will loosen the glue and your rose with fall apart easily.)
  11. Let dry as per instructions on your paint can.
  12. Display in a nice copper bowl or hot-glue to another project such as one involving sea glass or drift wood; a mirror or vase.
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  14. Enjoy and be proud of your work!

By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK

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September 16, 2016

I have been looking for someone who sells long stem rose stems with calyx for making long stem sea shell roses. I have the time and the shells if only I can find the stems. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

I believe there are many people who may not know what you mean by 'stems with calyx' so here is a description/definition:


I do not know if you have found a supplier for your stems but if not, I would suggest you call some of your local florist shops and tell them what you are looking for. Many times the shops will have roses that did not sell and have 'seen their prime' and will either trash them or they may give them away. If you know how to preserve the stems then you may make good use of these.


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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

Supermarkets and street vendors also sell flowers. They will probably give you a great price if you buy all the roses. Try preserving the petals and doing something with them, too.

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February 17, 2012

I am looking for roses (or rose buds) made of seashells; red, preferably. Do you know where I might find some to purchase? Thanks.

By ljburns


February 22, 20121 found this helpful

You know, I checked out all three of the Google ads below my question. Not a one of them involved sea shells. I wonder if I asked my question incorrectly. ljburns


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February 23, 20120 found this helpful

I purchased mine years ago in Florida. I think that they are a tourist thing.

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