Gilded & Decoupage Oyster Shells

Updated: Jul 4, 2020

Good Morning... Happy Independence Day weekend! Hope you are enjoying some relaxing time off with your family. It's 5:59 and I have been up since 4:20. Anyone else having a hard time sleeping these days? A side effect of this crazy new reality we have been living in since early March? I thank God for my creative projects and art. Having a passion for making things keeps me excited and busy and for that I am so grateful.

I wanted to share this fun project to do using oyster shells you can easily collect on the beach.

Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  1. Mod Podge

  2. Paint Brushes

  3. White Gloss Paint

  4. Oyster Shells

  5. Patterned napkins ( you can find in TJ Maxx or Homegoods)

  6. Gold Paint

The first step is the clean the shells. Soap and water works best and sometimes a scrub brush or sponge is needed.

Next you have to paint the inside of the shells with one coat of the gloss white paint. This will ensure that you have a solid color surface in case you can see through the napkins.

Once the paint has dried you can now apply the napkin design.

First, take your napkin and take the layers apart. Usually, the napkins have 3 layers. The thinner the paper the better it will lay when you decopauge. Trim the napkin to the general shape of the shell , making sure to leave extra that you can trim after.

Using a paint brush you want to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the painted part of the inside of the shell. Next, while the Mod Podge is wet you gently apply the napkin to the shell. Once you apply the napkin, you want to very lightly add a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the napkin. You will notice a milky appearance on top of the napkin but don't worry about that, it will dry clear.

Once the Mod Podge is dry you can trim the excess napkin with scissors and then use a sanding block to gently smooth the edges and the excess napkin.

Now you are ready to add the gold paint. Using a thin paint brush and gold paint add gilding to the edges and tip of the shell.

There are so many fun patterns to choose from and so many beautiful ways to display these works of art! Check out some of my shells below!

Birds, Flowers and Butterflies

Blue and White Birds, Botanicals and Coral

Coastal Designs

Blue and White Geometric


Thanks for stopping in!! I hope I have inspired you to create some new artwork using your shell treasures! If you don't want to make your own, I will be posting some of these in my shop for sale! Be well, Stay Healthy! - Diana

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