You know it was a good trip when you get back and you want to play with all the souvenirs right away. This shell frame came together soon after we got home, using a wooden frame I'd picked up long ago. The owls first caught my eye (and that turned out to be a fun vintage postcard!), but I liked the wide work space on the piece.
I love the ocean-inspired look of the shell frames from Pinterest. This one from Decorating HQ had the more casual look for the shells that fit the collection I'd gathered, but I wanted more polish than the simple wood frame.
Most of the frames I came across were turquoise or blue. It's lovely, but we're landlocked, and my sister is the only Tennessean I know with a beach-themed room. (It's her kitchen, and it rocks.) But my frame became "lemon chiffon" with acrylic paint, to complement traditional/casual style.
The tutorials that I found all mounted the shells with good-ole' hot glue and its webs and minor burns. Why do crafts that don't have an element of danger? I chose my larger shells first, glued them as the anchor pieces of each grouping, then added medium-sized shells.
I can't pass up the cone shells, even partial ones. This one was perfect for adding a layered look to the frame; I glued it down first, then surrounded the broken side to make a piled-up look.
Once everything was dry, I shined the glass and added a photo from the trip. This was a gift for my brother and sister-in-law, who helped collect the shells with me and my oldest.
If you've not been to the beach lately, check out this amazing post from Addicted 2 Decorating. She used pistachio shells for her flowers- a craft that's good for you in so many ways!
My husband went into the Bermuda Triangle closet and found my art supplies, so I'm back in business for my Haunted Mansion Halloween. He says it makes him want to go to Disney World - I've got no problem with that!
However, when I went internet surfing for ideas, I found this amazing video of Dan in Wisconsin, who created a mini track with a Haunted Mansion theme inside his garage.
Now Son One wants to make a roller coaster. I tried to explain to him that, as lawyers, his parents are more concerned with homemade roller coaster liability than with roller coaster construction. But I think we'll still be able to come up with some good stuff.