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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