Round Shell Mirror -A Simple Tutorial

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I finally made a round shell mirror with all the shells I found last year!

round seashell mirror
You might recall, many of those shells had natural holes in them, and I strung them into a Shell Garland.


round shell mirror
Here is the finished shell mirror. I love the color range of the shells. The shells are quite flat too, so they were easy to work with. You can make a compelling shell mirror by collecting shells of one kind. Don't get me wrong, I love variety mirrors too, but the repeat pattern gives the shell mirror a simple elegance that has great appeal.

shell mirror tutorial
The design is simple. Two circles, one on top of the other. The top circle covers up the gaps in the first circle.

mirror tutorial
My handy husband cut out the wood circle. You could use a foam board as a base instead which would be easy to cut with a utility knife.

round mirror on wood
He also cut the round mirror from a sheet of faux glass. Here too, you can use a simple round mirror (charger). I used wood glue and hot glue to adhere the mirror.

mirror hanging hardware
A look at the backside (ugly, I know). I drilled a hole first -not a stable hanging solution! So I looked around in the basement, opening endless little drawers, and found the perfect hardware. The nails were too long, so I hit them sideways. I'm sure you will do a much better job with this!

glued shells on mirror
I used hot glue, which is fast and fun to work with. But I had forgotten that it creates fine glue threads that go everywhere if you're not careful. You can (barley) see that I covered the edge of the wood frame with sand. Not sure if I like it.

shell mirror on wall
What can I say, I love my round shell mirror! Inspired to make one yourself?

You might also enjoy these DIY mirrors:
Making the Oyster Mirror from Wisteria
Shell Frame Tutorial by Nate Berkus

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26 comments:

Tricia Rose said...

This is lovely, simple and elegant, well done Maya, you are inspiring!

vicki said...

Oh Maya - its beautiful - simple and beautiful and I am so jealous! Great job!!

vicki

Beautiful Details said...

So pretty Maya. I love how you stacked the shells. It is very natural. Love shell mirrors!

Deni. said...

Espetacular amiga!!!!Convido-a visitar meu blog.Também faço alguns trabalhos com estes frutos do mar,grande abraço,Deni.

Renée Finberg said...

great little project!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this! I have my mirror out but haven't done anything with it! I got it at a thrift store, missing a few shells and with a scratch on the glass! So it's a project waiting to be done! heehee! ♥

simone said...

Simple yet elegant-good job girl.

once in a blue moon said...

looks great~

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a great job! I love it!

Della said...

That is a fantastic shell mirror Maya! The freebie part is great, too!

Flotsam Friends said...

Simple and perfect. I also like the natural look of the shells. Great job. Pruxxx

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

The clam shells are perfect! It's great to see indigenous materials used, and so elegantly.

I'm curious about the faux glass. Is it lighter in weight than a traditional mirror? Does it reflect as well? Is it aluminumized mylar, sheet metal, or what?

Thanks for a nice tutorial. If only all tutes were this simple.

beachcomber said...

looks fantastic! those shells were great for the project. well done!!
x

Everything Coastal said...

I so admire all of your that can diy anything! I simply make a huge mess with the glue gun. Nice job Maya!

Caron

An Island Mom said...

That looks fabulous. Really. Your shells look perfectly placed. You make it look like anyone can do it, even the non-crafty like me!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Barbara, the mirror is made of acrylic. It's very light and you can't tell the difference!

Sherri said...

Maya, I love your shell mirror! Awesome!

missing moments said...

Great project and it looks stunning!

Really Rainey said...

What a sweet and simple mirror! I think I have enough shells too! Great project!

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Ocean Soul said...

Niiiiiiiice! Nothing you can't do with a hot glue gun!

michelle said...

I love it Maya, it turned out beautiful!
xo

theLENNOXX said...

Oh Maya it looks fantastic! I just love it, looks very expensive and exclusive ;) Great work!

xox Linda

Lili said...

Hi you little cutie in the mirror with your camera! Your mirror has that wonderful simple elegance to it, just like all of your designs Maya! It's so beautiful and you've inspired me tonight. ~Lili

Cat & Cricket said...

My goodness! OI have buckets and buckets of these shells!!!!
smiles~
gypsea

Wendy said...

Hi,
Lovely idea. I did something similar as a festive wreath using shells and seaweed.
Please go to http://lagulhas.blogspot.com/2011/11/beach-house-garland.html
to see my beach house garland.
Wendy.

Weeser1 said...

Beautiful. I attempted to glue shells on an old mirror & had quite a time.Glad you shared this, Thanks.

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