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Summer has felt so incredibly far away here lately. Then, I saw Briana’s Daily Delight this morning — the amazing zebra hide-shaped beach towel — and suddenly, summer feels like it’s just on the horizon. I can feel it! Are you dying for some sunshine, too? This week’s how-to will immediately leave you with thoughts of seaside lounging, crashing waves and sand beneath your toes. Plus, it’s the perfect accessory for a coastal cottage or seaside retreat.

Make a Seashell Mirror

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Update a plain mirror with collected seashells to give your home some summer-inspired, coastal charm.

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Here’s what you’ll need: a framed mirror (round, square or rectangle), hot glue gun, seashells, stiff paintbrush, straight razor, window cleaner and a paper towel.

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Use a variety of seashells in several sizes to make sure you can cover the entire frame. If you’ve collected your shells from the beach, make sure they’ve been rinsed and dried. (You can also pick up shells at craft stores.)

Then, working from the inside of the frame, start gluing your shells. You can either place them at random or glue them in a pattern. Continue to apply glue in small sections, adding your small- to medium-sized shells. Apply larger shells last as more visible embellishments.

Use a stiff paintbrush to sweep away any excess glue strings. Then, use a straight razor to remove any glue from the mirror itself.

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Do you have any coastal decor in your non-coastal home, or do you leave all the seashells and anchors for the beach house only? Tell us in the comments below!

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  2. Lois says:

    These mirrors are great – but just remember, it's VERY heavy – so mount on wall at a stud or use a big "molly".

  3. rex in sunny Florida says:

    I tried this without much success. At first all was fine but within a couple of days my shells started dropping. I re-did it and the same thing happened. I live in Florida and hung it out on the Lani. Maybe it's too hot for it? It looks really cool laying down but… help!

    • PJ RAY says:

      ON SOME WALL PAPER CUT OUT THE SHAPE OF THE MIRROR AND GLUE IT OR ADHERE TO MIRROR WITH THE ADHESIVE ON PAPER THEN GLUE YOUR SHELLS TO THE WALL PAPER OR FLIP THE PAPER AND USE THE MANUFACTURES ADHESIVE AS AN EXTRA STRONG GLUE FOR THE SHELLS

  4. Kathleen says:

    I made one of these 15 years ago and it is still looking great! You need to use plenty of glue and they will stay on. I still love my mirror!

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  6. Kari Frank says:

    Well, that's definitely one way to add a nice touch of style to any mirror. Now, let's see what I can do with our own bathroom mirror.

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