How to Adhere Seashells to Glass

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Things You'll Need

  • Glass votive

  • Newspaper

  • Hot glue gun

  • Hot glue stick

Make seashell art using craft supplies.

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.


Step 1

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

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Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.


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


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