DIY Scallop Shell Mirror

Well it all started last week when I ventured to Home Goods in search of a full length mirror. I found a great white easel mirror there for $39.99, and wasted no time setting it up in a guest room I’m redecorating.

It wasn’t until I stood it up that I noticed a huge blemish in the upper right hand corner. What to do? Inspiration kicked in later that day while I was walking on the beach. The particular beach I was on in Cutchogue had tons of beautiful scallop shells in all colors, shapes and sizes.

I decided right then and there I would use the shells to make over my damaged mirror. I was able to fill an entire painters bucket with shells, and get to work.

Seeing as the mirror is full length, I knew I’d have to enlist help. My daughter and I laid every shell out and sprayed them with Painter’s Touch Gloss in Crystal Clear.

When the shells are on the beach, they have a sort of salty, muted color. By spraying them with gloss, the beautiful natural color and pattern returns to the shell, after being covered up by sun and salt.

Then came attaching the shells to the mirror. For this I used E6000 craft glue. This is a great glue for crafting. It’s EXTREMELY strong and will hold your project together indefinitely. I created a shell pattern that involved three layers. I won’t lie, it took many hours between the two of us to get the whole thing done.

Mirror before I attached the rope

Finally, I visited the local marine supply store in my town to find natural manila rope to trim the edge of the mirror, and attached that with the E6000 glue as well.

I am SO happy with how it came out. It was painstakingly hard work, but it really is beautiful, and well worth the time and effort. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my daughter, as she really is a crafting queen. I hope you all enjoy it! I’m happy to answer any questions to help you make your own scallop shell mirror.

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Today, while visiting the workshop of a family friend, I spotted an old wooden row boat. I loved the weathered, vintage appearance of the boat, and immediately began thinking of clever ways I could use it on my next project. After scouring the internet for inspiration, I’ve come across quite a bit of boating/sailing interior decor inspiration that I just had to share! Enjoy!

Nautical Rope Decor

A great way to bring that nautical feel into your home is by adding a touch of rope to your decor.  I love the rugged, nautical look of rope in a home. If you’re looking to purchase rope furniture, wall decor or accessories, there’s plenty of items around, but you can also DIY and get creative with rope decor.

A unique company to check out is StairRopes.com. They make stair ropes, bannister ropes, rope handrails and barrier ropes to measure. Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in installing a rope bannister or railing.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of monkey fist decor. I’ve got monkey fist door stoppers all over my house. They come in different sizes, colors, and can be used as door stops or as an accent piece on a shelf. Here’s some great photos of knot decor to inspire you. Click each photo to view the original source, or where to buy.