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Create a seashell wall hanging

How to

Here's a diy idea for those of you who (like me) love collecting seashells but don't know what to do with them. It's a great one for doing with kids too - I have the fondest memories from my childhood of threading little shells onto strings and making necklaces with my Grandma!

What you will need

  • Seashells (it's really up to you how long you'd like to make yours and what size shells you'd like to use - I went with a single string of 7)
  • Stick or length of dowel
  • String
  • Needle
  • Awl (or equivalent) or small hand drill for making holes in shells

 shell hanging tools

Step 1

Lay out your shells to see how they look together and which ones you'd like to use. Your wall hanging can be as big or small as you like but for mine I used 7 shells ranging between 1cm and 4 cm in width. (Tip - odd numbers usually work best for these things!)

Step 2

Depending on the thickness of your shells use an awl, needle or drill to put a hole in the top of each one.

pierce shells

Step 3

Thread your needle with the string and then thread through the shell you'd like to be at the bottom and tie a knot to secure it. Continue this with each shell, leaving enough space between them so they can hang freely. Once you've tied on the final shell then tie again around your stick or dowel. 

 thred shells


Step 4

Tie another piece of string to each end of your stick or dowel and you're ready to hang your new wall hanging!

shell wall hanging diy

All done!

shell mobile hanging on wall

How easy was that?! Now go and add it to your gallery wall!

Try this idea on a larger scale with longer and multiple strings or for something more colourful experiment with dying or painting your shells. I think for my next one I'm going to use really tiny shells for a dainty version! 

I've saved a whole lot of ideas and inspiration for things to make from seashells over on this Pinterest board. Happy crafting!!

Seashell lovers scan check out my new Sunset Seashells collection over here >>

Sunsets and seashells collection



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