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Making the Oyster Shell Mirror from Wisteria

Here's a stunning DIY shell mirror, inspired by Wisteria's oyster shell mirrors.

Wisteria oyster shell mirror
Wisteria's Oyster Shell Mirror in all its glory. I'm sure we have all experienced it, seen something beautiful in a store that was just perfect, except for the price. What do you do? Either you forget about it, try find something similar for less, or make it yourself! And shell mirrors are usually expensive. So when Sandi saw Wisteria's Oyster shell mirror she was inspired, and determined to Make an Oyster Shell Mirror herself.


How to Make a Seashell Mirror
And here it is! Impressive, don't you think? For a moment though, Sandi might have had crafter's remorse when she said, "Maybe that price of $399 from Wisteria was not so bad. I appreciate the hours of work that went into that mirror!"


To make the shell mirror, you'll need a beveled edge mirror, a large 1/4 inch piece of plywood, liquid nails, small shells and a big bag of Oyster shells. The process is fairly simple. Cut out the oval shape from the wood, attach picture hangers on the back, then glue on the mirror. After that you can begin gluing on the Oysters ring by ring, outer ring first, letting them hang over the edge a little, finish with small shells. For a step by step tutorial, visit Sandi!


While I might be able to find all the oysters required to make a stunning shell mirror like this one, you might wonder where to get a bag of oysters. Well, Sandi got hers from an Oyster Factory! Or try a restaurant! Warning: the shells are smelly and need thorough cleaning.

Oyster Shell Mirror
A priceless masterpiece!
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40 comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Maya
Looks fantastic.. maybe I'd need someone else to clean them.. hahaha..
have a great week xx Julie

Lamp Tramp said...

Oh, thank you, Maya, for this post. I am still surprised every time I look at this mirror, I really did it. It was all pretty easy, simple, but just took lots of steps. I am glad I took the time to make this mirror, well worth it.
Have a lovely day!

Tina said...

That is fabulous! I bet it has some weight to it, but wow, so worth the time put into it.
Hey, Maya, sent you a little link love on my blog. Check it out. I love reading your posts and wanted others to read it too.
Blessings and have a great day.
T

Laura Trevey said...

Who ever thought you could make oyster shells look pretty! This is gorgeous!!

xoxo Laura

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Tremendous job! Kudos to her. What a beautiful mirror. The kids and I made a mirror of found shells. We hot glued the shells...and slowly they all started popping off. Liquid nails. Must be the key!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Looks gorgeous!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! Thank you so much for the links and great photos! I love this mirror and it would be perfect in my home! You've given me so many good ideas...things I had not thought of! Thanks! ♥

DesignTies said...

Wow -- I can imagine how much work went into gluing all those shells onto the mirror. But the final result is fabulous!! I think Sandi's mirror looks even better than the Wisteria mirror :-)

Kelly

Nikki said...

That turned out great! I might try it. I have a friend with an oyster field (I think that's what they're called).

sealaura said...

OMG!! That is gorgeous and so laborious! I happen to be on the crafty kick this week and made a necklace inspired by the sea. But WOW this craft shows sheer dedication!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow-it turned out beautifully!

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Fantastic! Your blog is my newest addiction!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love Lamp Tramp's mirror and can't wait to try and make and oyster lamp (she has one of those too!) or mirror of my own one of these days! I love her blog too!

Blue Creek Home said...

I love the Lamp Tramp!!! She has so many neat ideas and great projects on her blog!

I am getting close to being ready to make one...don't have enough shells yet! I am sure I will be e-mailing her for help!

Rhonda

Beach Vintage said...

Now this gives me the excuse to get out there and eat oysters for the next few weeks! Thanks Maya. Look forward to catching up on your blog. xx

Jeannie said...

i really love your blog! thanks for stopping by today!

you give me such inspiration...things that even I can do (not being a very crafty girl, I'm a good "adapter" though!).

i love the yellow house and car photo. Yellow is my current favorite color. Can't wait to wear that shade of nail polish once summer comes!

Great blog; i love it.

Fearless Nester said...

Love this post! Thanks for bringing it to us, not only do I like Sandi's mirror better than the Wisteria one, I love the room she has it in too. Awesome work! ~Lili

Rana said...

WOW!! I love this!

thelennoxx said...

Maya I didn't realize you had registered Completely Coastal on Bloglovin. YEYY!!

The oyster mirror is fab! I have a round mirror that desperately needs a frame, Thank you for inspiration =D

Southern Aspirations said...

I LOVE this! I was wondering if I could DIY that mirror....

kay said...

I would like a rectangle one for beach house bath would that be more difficult? i say one at a Hampton Inn and shells faced out instead of in

keeperskid@verizon.net said...

I am going to attempt to use oyster shells to cover the range hood in our new kitchen in Avon, N.C. Do you or anyone have suggestions or thoughts as to the type of adhesive to use. i have played with tile adhesive and thought it gave me time to re-arrange the shells without drying too quickly. I think a random , just shucked look is what i'm going for. any advise would be GREATLY appreciated..
Terry Jennette Ponton

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding covering range hood with oyster shells:

Sandi used liquid nail to glue her oyster shells onto a wood frame. I think it depends on the surface material. I would look for the strongest glue that works with that particular surface. I'm sure someone in a hardware store and/or building department (home depot, lowes) could give you the best advise on this, since I have never done anything like it. It sounds like a great project!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie said...

Hi Maya!

I've linked to this wonderful article on my latest post. Hope you are well.

Beach dreams & sandy toes.
Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
http://nauticalcottageblog.com

Anonymous said...

if you are still around, Lady Tramp, can you share exactly how you cleaned the shells?

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

How to clean shells?

I will put a post together about cleaning shells..., one proven method seems to be to run the shells through an industrial dishwasher with bleach!

Lamp Tramp said...

Hi Maya
I did a post about cleaning my oyster shells here http://fabulousfluffstuff.blogspot.com/2010/01/oyster-shells.html
I had read somewhere about running them through a dishwasher, baking them in an oven but decided I did not want to risk my appliances with some shells. Cleaning them was a long process but well worth it. My mirror, lamp, and other things I've made with the shells still do not smell. You have to be very careful with oyster shells as all the baby oysters attach themselves to a larger shell. I had to open all the little baby shells on one large shell, even after I bleached them, and scrape out the dead oyster. I am about to get another load of oyster shells and will be making more items. I'll try to do another post about cleaning them also.

jojo said...

my oysters smell terrible! I think the bad idea was I didn't clean off the barnacles. I bleached them, then rinsed them, then baked them and I live in a condo and just heard some people in the hallways say it smells like someone died on the floor. Totally not worth it until you have your own house...........

Arlene said...

The easiest and most environmentally friendly way to clean oyster shells is to let them sit in white vinegar and water mixture for 3 hours. Take a scrub brush and brush the dirt off and let dry on a paper towel.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Thanks for sharing the tip, Arlene!!

Anonymous said...

Quick question. I saw oyster shell mirrors at a restaurant in New Orleans (and its sister-restaurant in San Antonio). Those were made with the oyster shell's inside facing out. They also seemed to have the back of the oyster cut off or ground off somehow to make them thinner so they'd stack better when gluing them on. It seemed to make it all not as heavy, too. Anyone try this yet? Anyone know how to grind or cut off the back of the shell without breaking the front (inside). I could use advice before I start trying this project. I have lots of smelly oysters about to get bleached and cleaned! :) Thanks!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Cut off the back of the oyster shells?
I don't know how you would do that. With a grinder or other power tool!? I happen to like the ruggedness of the oysters, but the mirror you saw sounds interesting! Would love to see a picture of it! Wishing you the best with your project!!

Anonymous said...

I have a photo of that oyster mirror if you'd like to see it. E-mail me at ruestpeter@yahoo.com and I'll send it to you, or let me know a better way to post it to this site. I'm not sure how to post a photo to this page.

Suzanne Morse said...

I live in Kissimmee, FL and would love to make this mirror and matching lamps can anyone supply me with Oyster Shells??

www.janisturk.com said...

My oyster mirrors (I made two) look awesome! I just saw one for $400 online that looks exactly like the ones I made. I don't know how to post a photo here but would love to. Tell me how to put a photo up or to whom I can send it so it will get on this thread. Making these mirrors was really worth the trouble in the end!

www.janisturk.com said...

PS, Suzanne Morse--I just went to the nearest restaurant that serves oysters (an oyster bar), and aske them to save me some. They gave me a whole ice chest full! They were going to just throw them out, so they didn't care. Just ask any place. They'll do it!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Thanks so much Janis!! I received your pictures and will feature your version!

Jenny said...

Just found your site by accident and so happy I did!!! Could you do this mirror using different/smaller shells? I am wondering if I used various shells if it would work? love to hear your comments, thanks Jenny (Western Australia)

jt said...

I just made another beautiful mirror for my sister using oyster shells. I can send you all a photo to post if you like. It turned out great!



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