Decorating Pots with Shells

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I'm in love with all of these shell pots! They are so pretty and varied, even if you don't have a lot of shells you can turn an ordinary terra cotta pot into a gem.

decorating pots with shells
Decorating pots with shells doesn't get any easier than this. Maryann created a cute Shell Pot by simply adding a shell trim.


shell covered pot Martha Stewart
Then, four decorating ideas from Martha Stewart. This pot was painted and sanded before shells were glued on. See Shell Covered Pots.

decorating pots with Martha Stewart
These beauties I found under Nature Crafts for Kids.

shell planters
For this Project Martha aged the terra-cotta pots with powdered milk paint.

terra cotta shell pot
And here she shows us how to make a richly textured pot adorned with white and gray shells.

painted shell pot
Chris went for the antique look for her Shell Pots which she achieved with spray paint. For instructions click on link.

shell planters
Here's her silver version.

sea shell mosaic planter
Over at BHG you can learn how to make this shell mosaic planter.

Sea Shell Planter
And a similar shell mosaic planter looking pretty on a kitchen counter. Source no longer available.

pot with jingle shells
Then, Annie of Fire Fly Hill did such a fabulous job decorating her pots with shells, using shimmery jingle shells that she collected from North Carolina beaches. Source no longer available.

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Another sweet little flower pot by Annie.

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19 comments:

Pearl Maple said...

Shells are a sweet accent to trim you your household decor, can imagine these pots would be perfect lined up on a deck - with a view

Heidiopia said...

Oh, this brings back memories! My kids (at the time ages 8, 6, and 3) made the BHG mosaic pots after a trip to Amelia Island. We gave them as gifts, but I wish we'd kept one for ourselves. These are lovely-- think I'll need to try another one :)

Flotsam Friends said...

These look fantastic!! Don't they just make those pots. So much better than those bland, terracotta types that stand around with moss and dirt all over them...I really love the middle pot in the third photo. Pxxx

The Hot Heads Groupie said...

I love the top one and the mosaic - although they all look good. I'm going to have to put this on my project list. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOVE the 1st one :)

Tricia Rose said...

Those look perfect for making with older children during the heat of the day, somewhere shady...

Nikki said...

I love the layered scallop shell one. I don't know if I'd have the patients to attempt one though.

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Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Hey, great minds think alike! I made some of these yesterday, and posted about it on my last post (yesterday also). So much fun, so cheap, and these look fantastic. Thanks for showing me more versions today!
Brenda

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oooooo. I likey I likey!

Marie said...

Very nice Maya! I have to check how to do the mosaic planter from BHG.
-marie

Fearless Nester said...

This post makes me wanna go gather some more shells. Thanks for all these pretties!! ~Lili

Sherri said...

I love all these shells flowerpots. I think the next time I go to the beach I'll be bringing back tons of shells! Thanks for sharing Maya!

elle pee said...

Wow, wow, wow! I just looove the fish-scale sea shell pot. I have a whole vase filled with those kind of shells - you can find them everywhere on mediterranean. I had so many, I started collecting interesting rocks and fossils, instead. Now, I can't wait to find a strait-edged pot and start gluing. It had to be Martha...

BTW, have you seen these blog posts, yet?

diy project: kate’s straw “coral” table decor
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/diy-project-kates-straw-coral-table-decor.html

I've noticed that coral is so "in" right now. I see it all over in Italy, even modernized into a minimalist fruit bowl and espresso cup branch holder!

Seaside Inspiration: Driftwood Decor
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/inspiration/seaside-driftwood-decor-119507

Ciao!

L

EntertainingMom said...

I so NEEDED this post! Thanks Maya! Now I need something to do with the fabulous rocks I have found at the sea!

Beach House Living said...

I love the aged terracotta ones I've tried "patio paint" and matte sealer. My first grouted version did leave something to be desired...

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Maya,
Thanks for stopping by my Popcorn Served Daily and leaving the note. After viewing this post of yours my Eve doesn't not stand a chance. I am digging those terra cotta pots!
Thanks again,
Lisa
P.S. You have a new follower...

thelennoxx said...

There are really cute and looks very easy to do. Love them =)

Love of the Sea said...

Love these pots. No sure which one I like best....Hard to select as they are all unique and beautiful.

Love Where You LIve, a blog celebrating design, individual style & decorating. said...

OK . . . this post brought a smile to my face!!! The mosiac shell flower pot at the sink is mine! It sits at the sink of my former home. The shells lining the shelf were picked up during my walks along the Gulf of Mexico. My house and kitchen were featured in BH&G a few years ago. Is that where you found it? Or was it in another Meredith publication. I ask, as I don't recall it running with the house story. cheers! -susan

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