I accumulated quite a few of these lovely peach and yellow pearly shells from the beaches of Ft. Myers Beach in Florida. They are so delicate, they look like rose petals. Hm…
If you like jigsaw puzzles, you’ll love this craft.
I started with a spiral shell to serve as the center of my rose. Then it was just a matter of sorting through my shells to find those that fit in a petal pattern to form the rose. Each petal was hot glued on separately. Experience point- these shells are so thin, the heat from the glue goes right through them, don’t burn your fingers!
Once I had the shape of the rose I wanted, I applied a layer of clear nail polish to accentuate the shell colors and give some protection.
Then I added some leaves with hot glue. There are all kinds of things you can do with these to decorate, I made mine into napkin rings by attaching small ribbons. You’ll see them on my beach themed table scape with the next project.
You can use other shells to create roses, since they are thicker, they are best made into just buds.
Here I used a spiral shell a mussel shell and an angel wings, then I spray painted it.
You can use these to make flower arrangements, decorate packages or table pieces, again, you are only limited by your imagination.
Now you have an excuse to keep collecting those shells!