Repurposed Inspiration: Shell Art Mixed Media Wall Hanging

dreaming of the sea feature

I love to sort through my craft supplies for two reasons.  The first is for inspiration and secondly, I decide if this is something that has been sitting around too long…. it needs to go.

dreaming of the sea shell

This 5″ shell had seen better days!  I did consider tossing it, however with a coat of turquoise paint it gained a new life!

dreaming of the sea back start

I used a long piece (approx 24″) of 20 gauge annealed wire to make a hanger/ bead strand holder to attach to the back.  I LOVE 20 GAUGE ANNEALED WIRE!  It is dramatic and really adds a new dimension to my shell art.

dreaming of the sea back

I used a good amount of hot glue to adhere the wire hanger to the back and covered the hot glue with vintage sheet music.

dreaming of the sea feature


Step One:  Cover the shell with paint and let dry completely

Step Two:  Use FREE magazine font with glue stick to spell out the phrase.

Step Three:  Make the hanger with 20 gauge annealled wire and use hot glue to attach it to the back.

Step Four:  Make bead strands and attach them to the rings on the wire hanger.

Step Five:  Decorate the shell with a tiny star fish.



Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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