• Save Your Summer Memories with Scallop Shell Art

    Things to do with scallop shells

    by Allison Walker

    It was fun diving for Florida bay scallops. The days out on the water were all you hoped they would be: finding a fruitful spot, hoisting the diver flag, swimming in the refreshing Gulf water and bagging your limit.

    As you gaze at your bounty, popped open on the ice, ponder their shapely shells. Soon you will shuck them, cook them up and savor their tastiness. Don’t discard those shells. Decorate!

    Check out these eight crafty keepsakes you can make as mementos of your summertime scallop diving adventure. Note: all materials are easily found at a local craft shop, online or around the house.

    scallop shell candle

    Scallop Shell Candles

    Materials:
    Hot glue gun
    Candle wax
    Candle wick

    How to:

    Cut the candle wick to the proper height. Use the hot glue gun to place a small amount of glue on the candle wick. Position in the shell and let cool.  Follow candle wax heating instructions and then pour liquid wax into the shell, filling part-way. Consider creating a centerpiece with a grouping of shell candles placed in a shallow glass bowl filled with sand.

    Scallop shell lights Pinterest

    Scallop Shell Fairy Lights

    Materials:
    Hot glue gun
    String of white lights

    How to:

    Tape a two-foot section of lights to your work surface with bulbs lying flat. Apply a small spot of hot glue with the glue gun to the hinge of the shell. Press the shell hinge to the base of the light bulb. Repeat for each bulb, letting each two-foot section dry for about five minutes before moving on to the next section.

    Scallop Shell Wind Chimes

    Scallop Wind Chimes

    Materials:
    Driftwood
    Twine or fishing line
    Scissors
    Hand drill

    How to:

    Lay out the driftwood pieces on your workspace, arranging about six driftwood lengths to hang vertically and one horizontally at the top. Drill a hole into the top of each driftwood piece. Thread the twine through the hole and attach it to the top, either through holes or tied around the top. Next, drill a hole into the top of each scallop shell. Use fishing line to tie a simple slip knot, making a string of about five or six shells per strand. Tie each strand of scallop shells to the top piece of driftwood. After all vertical driftwood pieces and shell strings are attached, hang a length of twine from the horizontal top piece.

    Scallop Shell Ring Holder

    Jewelry Dish/Ring Holder

    Materials:
    Small, plastic sea creatures
    Paper Napkins (to decoupage the outside)
    Spray Paints
    PVA Glue or Modge Podge
    Small Glue Brushes

    How to:

    First, spray paint the plastic sea creatures and inside of the scallop shells. To decoupage the outside of the shells, use the brush and water to wet the torn edge of a single ply napkin. (Tearing the napkin gives it a feathered edge). Then, glue the small strips of napkins – one at a time – to the outside of the shell. When the scallop shells are completely covered and dry, apply at least one coat of PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue or Mod Podge as a protective layer. Finally, glue the painted sea creatures to center inside of the scallop shell. 

    Scallop Shell Planter

    Scallop Shell Terra Cotta Pot

    Materials:
    Hot glue gun
    Plain Terra Cotta Pot
    Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray Paint (Bleached Stone color)

    How to:

    Paint the pot with a brush, using latex paint as a base. Then, hot glue the scallop shells to the top of the pot. Next, evenly spray the pot with the Rust-Oleum Stone Creations spray paint to give the planter a beach sand look.

    Scallop Key chains

    Scallop Shell Key Chains

    Materials:
    Plain Key Ring/Jump Ring
    Drill
    Paint (spray or brush)
    Seashell shaped beads
    Beading cord
    Scissors

    How to:

    Drill a hole into the hinge side of the scallop shell. Paint the shell inside and out. Next, cut a beading cord to your desired key chain length. Tie one end around the jump ring. Then, thread the bead cord through the small seashell, or other type of beads, in an alternating pattern. Finish by tying a knot through the hole in the scallop shell to the bottom.

    Scallop Shell Ornaments

    Scallop Shell Magnets and Ornaments

    Materials:
    Hot glue gun
    Drill
    Small magnet
    Twine
    Paint
    Accessories

    How to:

    The sky is the limit with the scallop shell as your canvas. Drill a small hole if the plan is to hang the scallop shell as an ornament. Paint with a small brush to color or create an image scenic image. With the glue gun, embellish with small accessories.   

    Scallop Shell Pie Crusts

    Pastry and Pie Crusts

    Materials:
    Pastry dough or rolled pie crusts

    How to:

    Decorate the rim of your pie crust by literally scalloping it. Simply press the back of the scallop shell lightly into soft dough. The scallop shell leaves a decorative impression.

    (example images sourced from Google images)

     Scallop Shell Pie Crusts

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