How to Adhere Seashells to Glass

Make seashell art using craft supplies.
Make seashell art using craft supplies. (Image: Images)

When you decorate your home in a beach or seaside theme, you can make the rooms feel fresh and oceanic by placing out seashell-encrusted accessories. For example, place small candles in a seashell and glass votive. Although you can buy seashell votive candles from a home decorating store, save money by making your own using seashells that you collect from the beach. It is important to adhere the seashells onto the glass in a way that will ensure they will stay on.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass votive
  • Newspaper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick

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Place a glass votive onto a sheet of newspaper. This will protect your work surface from damage.

Insert a hot glue stick into a hot glue gun. Plug the hot glue gun into an electrical outlet, and allow the gun to heat up for 5 minutes.

Squeeze a pea-sized dollop of hot glue onto the outside of the glass, and press a seashell onto the hot glue dollop. Hold the shell in place for 1 minute to allow the hot glue to harden.

Squeeze a second pea-sized dollop of hot glue next to the seashell, positioning the hot glue dollop so that it is at least 1/2 inch from the edge of the shell. Press another seashell onto the hot glue dollop, and hold it in place for 1 minute. Spacing the shells out in this manner will prevent the seashells from overlapping.

Repeat this process to cover the entire glass votive with seashells. Allow the hot glue to cool and harden for 1 minute in between each addition of a shell.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid touching hot glue to skin. Hot glue can cause severe burns.
  • Keep all hot glue tools away from children.


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