Make your own DIY Seashell Wall Decor using a thrift store find, shells, and inexpensive hexagon boxes. If you love adding coastal touches to your home, creating unique pieces that are budget friendly is the way to go.
This wall art is easy to make and will look great along with any coastal or beach decor.
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I often see coastal decor in stores like Home Goods or TJ Maxx and while it’s often reasonably priced, I challenge myself to make it for less.
DIY Seashell Wall Hanging
Using wall plaques that can almost always be found priced low at thrift stores is a good way to keep the project budget friendly. Another way to keep the cost low is to use scrap wood that you might have on hand from other home projects.
Michaels sells .99 hexagon boxes that are good to use for shadow box projects like this. I purchased several of them and for this wall hanging, I used three.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to decide on a color scheme for the project. I chose to use a soft white for the plaque. After giving it two coats of chalk paint and allowing it to dry, I used medium grit sandpaper to distress the edges just a bit.
The hexagons are ready to hang, but for this project I’ll be using glue. Remove the saw tooth hanger and the rope before painting.
Each of the hexagons is painted blue, but you could choose any color or a combination of sea colors for the wall hanging.
Since I want this piece to have a weather worn look, I added brown wax over the blue paint. Use a sponge brush to apply it and a lint free cloth to wipe away the excess.
Once you have the desired weather worn look, use medium grit sandpaper along the edges for a distressed look.
If you collect shells and have some that are the right size for the hexagon boxes, use those. If not, a bag of them isn’t very expensive to buy.
I used a combination of collected shells and craft shells. Attach each shell to the inside of the hexagon box using a strong glue. I prefer to use Gorilla Clear Grip when I need to glue heavier items.
Measure the distance from the top and bottom of the plaque that you want to attach the boxes to and mark the spots with a pencil mark. Find the center and mark that spot for the third box.
Add glue to the back of the hexagon box and press it onto the mark. Hold it in place for about a minute. Repeat for the next two boxes.
I love the way this turned out and I have the perfect spot for it on a narrow wall in the breakfast nook. For only a few dollars, it’s a one of a kind coastal art piece that fits in well with my other coastal decor.
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Seashell Wall Art DIY
Supply List for Coastal Wall Art DIY
- Thrift Store Find Plaque
- Hexagon Boxes
- White and Blue Paint
- Brown Wax
- Paint Brushes and Sponge Brush
- Lint Free Cloth
- Gorilla Glue
- Measuring Tape
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