This DIY Octopus Shell Art was a fun project I put together for our monthly thrift store makeovers. I found a bag of small shells at my local thrift store, and I don’t pass up on bargain shells. I’ve been wanting to add some decor to our downstairs bathroom that I’m creating with a coastal Octopus theme, so I though some seashell art would be a great addition.
Here’s what I found at the thrift store, a half-used bag of shells. I already had the canvas, so it made for a cheap and thrifty piece of art.
Octopus Shell Art Supplies
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Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Make Octopus Shell Art
- Find a image
First step is finding an image that you want to create for your shell art. I went with an Octopus for this project.
- Attach image
Use some painter’s tape to help hold down your image.
- Trace your image
Using a sharp pencil, firmly trace around the edges of the image.
- Glue on the Shells
I started planning what shells I would put in one area. I started with the head. Once I knew which shells I wanted to use I applied the glue over the head area and pressed the shells onto the canvas. The superglue I used dries within a minute. I would wait a minute and then move to the next area.
The final step was using a Sharpie to add the black center of the eye onto two shells.
I love how it looks in our downstairs bathroom!
Other Thrift Store Projects
Make sure to check out what the rest of the team made over this month!