How to Make a Seashell Mirror

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A plain, inexpensive mirror can be easily transformed into a charming seashell mirror. Seashells that you have picked up on the beach can be used if you live near the shore. They can also be purchased from a craft or a department store. The size and shape of the mirror you choose will determine sizes and shapes of the shells. Seahells are available in many sizes, shapes and colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Framed mirror
  • Painter's tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Seashells

Preparation

  • Cover the mirror around the inside edge of the frame with painter's tape. Get as close as you can to the frame edge.

  • Lightly sand the mirror frame if it is wooden, and you wish to paint the background. This step can be eliminated if you do not want to paint the frame before applying the shells.

  • Paint the mirror frame with acrylic paint in the desired color. Let it dry.

Adding Seashells

  • Lay the seashells on the mirror frame. Move them around until you are pleased with the arrangement of the shells.

  • Remove each shell, one at a time. Using the hot-glue gun, apply glue to the back of each shell, and place it in the desired position on the mirror frame.

  • Remove the painter's tape from the mirror edge. Enjoy your seashell mirror.

Tips & Warnings

  • This method can also be used to transform picture frames.
  • Starfish, seaglass and charms can be added to the seashells for a different look.

References

  • "Treasury of Country Crafts;" Publications International, LTD; 1998
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