Create a Seashell Picture Frame featuring seashells, starfish, and pearls! This tutorial makes for a fun summer craft or keepsake gift!
How To Make A Seashell Picture Frame
9″ x 11″ Wooden picture frame with 2” flat border (for 5″ x 7″ photo)
8-10 Large white seashells, turbo and conch-style, 1½” to 2″
5-7 Large white, clam/scallop shells, 1½” to 2″
10-12 Large white shells, cone and miter-style , 2″ to 2½”
40-50 Medium white shells, various, ¾” to 1½”
70- 80 Small white shells, various, ¼” to ¾”
68 Small cone shells (for inside border), ¼” to ½”
60 Pearl beads, 4mm
1 Half-pearl, 3mm
5 Half-pearls, 5mm
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Craft Paint, Mother Of Pearl #32127
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
1. Mask off the glass and the back of the frame with masking tape, then paint the frame with the pearl craft paint and a foam paintbrush. Paint several large and medium seashells with pearl craft paint and let dry.
2. Hot glue the small cone shells around the inside border of the frame. Arrange the rest of the seashells on the frame, starting with the largest, then the medium shells. Hot glue the shells in place, overlapping them and turning them in different directions as you go. Fill in the gaps between the shells with small shells until the entire surface of the frame is covered.
3. Hot glue pearl beads in the gaps between the seashells. Hot glue half-pearls onto the starfish so the largest half-pearl is in the center. Then hot glue the starfish to the frame.
Don’t live near the beach and didn’t vacation on the shore? You can find shells and starfish at your local craft stores or online. And for pearls, just head to the beading aisle!
Jennifer & Kitty