Memories become Mirrored Seashell Tray

I’m constantly impressed with how my “beachy blogging friends” showcase seashells in their homes. I’ve seen many used in craft projects and displayed in dishes, bowls and baskets.  One that caught my eye recently was on Shellbelle’s Tiki Hut  blog.  She showcases some of her seashell and beach treasures in this fabulous cabinet…

Shellbelle displays her gorgeous seashells
in this glass-shelved cabinet.

I am also absolutely in love with Shellbelle‘s vase and the mirror it sits upon…

Shellbelle’s Tiki Hut featured this vase and mirror!

In addition to my ever growing shell collection, I also inherited quite a collection from my Mother.  In fact, my Mom left me so many that my guest room closet has boxes filled with jars of shells.  After looking at Shellbelle’s site I thought I’d use an old mirror (purchased at a garage sale) in combination with some of my Mom’s seashells.

$3.00 Garage Sale Mirror

One of several jars of inherited seashells

I started my project by separating the seashells into similar types and sizes…I love the little tiny starfish that Mom had.  I decided to keep them to add very last since they are so delicate.

…then I pulled out all the cracked shells that were found in Mom’s stuff as well as ones that I had kept.  The broken and cracked shells were to become the first layer around the frame.  A hammer and kitchen towel folded over them makes it easy to break the seashells into manageable pieces.

A glue gun with lots of glue sticks made the job of gluing on a nice base coat of broken shells as easy as pie!

I worked on the project off and on over a four day period ~ adding layer after layer. Making sure to cover both the inside and outside of the frame completely. Once the last shells were attached and glue dried, I applied three coats of gloss varnish to seal and protect my masterpiece!

Completed project with gloss varnish applied

Since I’m short on wall space I decided not to add a hanger on the back (as well as the project weighing quite a bit!) so thought I would use it as a centerpiece on my dining table for now.  I can change what sits on it depending on the occasion or my mood.  I’ll fill it with a bunch of candles once Autumn and the Holidays arrive…the candles flickering will look lovely in the mirror below. Once my Master Bath remodel takes place it may end up being on my vanity…we’ll see!

The completed mirror holds a bunny to celebrate the arrival of Summer!

I’m glad that I decided to do this project ~ I think that I’ll try Gorilla Glue next time (since I keep hearing how wonderful it is!) and I don’t really enjoy the glue gun burns like I use to! LOL! Seriously, I am extremely happy with the end result and it’s a really nice way to remember my mother and her love of the ocean.

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