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Easy to Make Shell Garland

I was fortunate to find a bunch of lovely shells with perfect holes already in them, so it was super easy to make a shell garland. Look for shells with holes, or learn how to Drill Shells!

shell garland
The type of shell I found asked for a very thin twine (in my opinion). You could also use a fish line, but I wanted it to be a natural material.


shell garland made with thin twine
First, lay out the shells to determine what kind of spacing you want in between each shell, then simply string them together.

shell garland as curtain decor
The garland is now hanging off a curtain rod, just like the one I saw at West Elm, featured on Hanging Shells, Driftwood and Seaglass.

sea shell garland hanging
Some of the hues in the shells match the yellow in the curtain perfectly.

handmade seashell garland
And come Christmas my shell garland might be relocated to decorate the tree! You could make two shell garlands, one for each curtain panel!
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27 comments:

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Oh that is beautiful. I wonder how hard it would be to drill small holes in shells. I have a lot of shells and would love to try this. Great inspiration!

jenna @ alittlebleu said...

love this, i was actually wondering about making my own holes, but i am worried i would crack my shells. will definitely check the craft store first. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I really want to make a couple of these when we get back to Florida! Hope I can remember how! Love this idea! I have long tan drapes in my living room and they need something special! ♥

Drawn to The Sea said...

I would have never thought to use a delicate string with quahogs, only smaller clams... what a great artistic look :-))

Nikki said...

Great idea! Really dresses up the curtains too. My parents made an outdoor mobile out of shells and rocks they collected from the beach at our wedding. I wish they had made me one too, it would've been a great memento!

michelle said...

That is very cool!!! They look great on the curtain rod and will look awesome on the tree at Christmas!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Drawn to The Sea:

Thanks Julia! I just wanted the string to be as invisible as possible, so I chose a delicate one, and I do love it that way.

Heidiopia said...

Beautiful! I would love to try one of these!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

A bunch of the ones we found the other day had these holes in them too, and until I read your post on your other blog, I didn't know why! Thanks for explaining. Now you've given me a good idea with what to do with mine :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Anonymous said...

Pretty! I wish I could do it for my home, but kitty would think it was her new toy! :(

Marie said...

That's a brilliant idea Maya! You're getting very crafty there girl. I just got a bunch of huge shells in a bag from Michael's with my 50% coupon, and I have yet to take a photo and show you what I've done.
-marie

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

How cute! I love it!

Nicole-Lynn said...

It turned out great! :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

How did you get so lucky as to find shells with holes in them? It is lovely and something like that would look lovely in my home too...thanks for the idea.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

That adds just the right touch too!
Brenda

Beach House Living said...

Turned out great!

Erica @ Decorica said...

Such a sweet and subtle touch!

Love of the Sea said...

Love it. These came out great. Much better than store bought ones...!

Debbie said...

love them !! I remember when you found them. thanks for sharing!!

bichonpawz said...

I think they turned out just terrific! Love 'em!

Flotsam Friends said...

Simple and stunning!! Clever girl. Love, Pruxxx

Beach Vintage said...

Oh Maya, its perfect. I love it.

Desperate Housewife said...

I have a bag full of clam shells already drilled that I've been planning on turning into some kind of mobile for about three years ... I just might make your garland instead.
My hubby drilled the holes in the shells ... he said it was easy.

simpledaisy said...

Pretty!!
And super clever:):)
That's funny...I just posted about drilling shells...it's super easy! Just drill em:)

Fearless Nester said...

That strand of shells looks so perfect with your curtains, I really like your choice of twine with them too. Such a simple, yet classic look. Very beautiful Maya! ~Lili

beth said...

Oh Maya, I love it!! I'm gonna have to try that myself.
You have so many good ideas on here! :)
Have a great weekend!
Beth.

vicki said...

Now I know what to do with all my shells that have holes! Love the garland-
Vicki