Seashell Inspiration

I love going to Anthropologie for inspiration. I can’t afford most of the beautiful things there, though I occasionally splurge on a cute kitchen accessory. Last week my sister was wandering around there and absolutely fell in love with these bottles.

Not so much the price tag though. By the weekend she had a plan to create her own version to display her favorite shells. My Saturday sales-going provided several interesting bottles, and we spent Saturday evening crafting! I tried to take pictures of the process so I could share it with you all!

The first step is to gather your supplies. We used vintage bottles, seashells in assorted sizes, polymer clay, and bakeable adhesive.

After washing the bottles thoroughly and pairing them up the shells, we decided to add small shells inside the bottles, just for decoration.

Next we decided on the colors of polymer clay that would look good with the bottles and shells. We mixed colors for most of them.

We wrapped the lip of the bottle with a thick coil of clay and pressed the shell deeply into the clay.

We pulled the shell out and applied a good thick layer of glue to the clay.

Then, we pressed the shell into the clay again, pressing it around the shell and stabilizing the whole thing.

Then we baked the whole thing according to the polymer clay package. Be sure the combination of your shell and bottle will fit in your oven – we just barely made it!

After cooling, you have a beautiful new display piece. These look great grouped together!

Thanks all, I hope you enjoy! Happy crafting!

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