Don’t know what to do with all of those sea shells you collected as a kid (or adult)? Make decorative seashell balls or ornaments! The process is super easy (and quick) and has the potential to be cost free. You, of course, can always purchase them (see above link) for a reasonable price.
- Ball base (I used paper mache balls I made myself to make this project totally free.. but you can also use Styrofoam balls from your local craft store)
- Hot Glue Gun and glue 😉
- Spray paint (optional)
For the paper mache balls:
Blow up a balloon to the desired size of your decorative ball per each decorative ball
Rip up newspaper into strips approximately 1/2 to 1 inch wide and as long as you want
Mix up 1 part flour to 2 parts water in a bowl and add a couple teaspoons of salt to avoid mold to make your mache paste
Dip the strips into the paste and apply several layers to the balloon(s)
Allow to completely dry before moving onto making your decorative balls!
See here for more complete instructions
Take your ball base and pick out the shells you want to use
Using your glue gun, adhere the shells to the base
Yes. It is just that simple. If you want to add some sparkle or modernize your organic decorations, add spray paint of choice.
Below are some quick pix of my most recent seashell ball. I love the natural vibe and how you can see newsprint though it. I now feel justified by the amount of seashells I have collected (and made my friends collect) over the years. All those times I wanted to take a walk in FL paid off didn’t Quad? Let’s se if the Quad understands the reference.
That’s it for now. Please, share with me: Have you done this? How many rooms in your house now have these fun things?
It’s almost Friday!