How to Make a Shell Art Picture in 4 Easy Steps

Jennifer Buttner


July 14, 2015

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Wondering what to do with all those seashells and stones you gathered at the beach? Noirin from Galway Atlantaquaria tells us how to make a shell art picture in 4 easy steps, and ensure your beach memories last the whole year round!

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  • IMG_1120An old picture frame with glass removed
  • Wall Tile adhesive
  • Old knife or spoon to spread adhesive
  • Gloves
  • Old shells
  • Some sand and pebbles
  • Googly eyes (if required)
  • Liquid Latex or vanish
  • Old paint brush

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  1. Spread a layer of wall tile adhesive, about 0.5cm thick, on the back of the old picture frame.
  2. Place the shells on the adhesive and sprinkle sand and pebbles on to create your pattern. Add googly eyes if required.
  3. Leave to harden for a day or two. Once the adhesive has hardened, paint with a thin layer of liquid latex or vanish (younger kids might need a little help with this part).
  4. Leave to dry and add another layer of vanish or liquid latex if required.

Enjoy your picture!

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Over to you! Have you made a shell picture before? Let us know your idea in the comments below.

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