Hey hey! How are you today? I started the week with a girls shopping trip and have decided every Monday should be fun day. Right?!? Well today is also The Global Styler and this month we are sharing DIY or decorating tips about “my world’s favorite place”. Since my husband is a United States Marine, we are always stationed close to an ocean. I know, tough life! So I just love to decorate with our coastal finds. Today I’m sharing a modern seashell door hanging made with shells and driftwood found in Okinawa, Japan.
DIY Modern Seashell Door Hanging
Here’s what you need:
A piece of driftwood
Seashells (around 13 or other odd number)
Hemp twine and rope
Hot glue gun, scissors, and needle nose pliers (or chop stick)
Step one: Hang the seashells on twine. If you have similar seashells to mine, follow these simple steps for a no-drill solution to hanging shells. If your shells or more flat, a small drill bit can be used to create a hole in a each one.
- Tie a knot at the end of a piece of hemp twine.
- Place the knot near the inside center of the shell.
- Use a pointy object like needle nose pliers, chopstick, or whatever else is conveniently close by and push in the knot.
- Gently tug the twine upward while holding the shell so the knot get’s caught at the top.
DIY tip: If any of shells are loose, secure with a dot of hot glue
Step two: Tie a thicker piece of rope to each side of the drift wood for hanging.
DIY tip: Next we are going to attach the seashells in a “V” shape pattern to the driftwood. I used a pipe cleaner to hang my driftwood on the back of a kitchen chair so I could sit near the hot glue gun and take my time tying up the shells perfectly.
Step three: Layout your seashells in a “v” shape pattern. Starting with the biggest shell first, hang it on the driftwood. Working your way out, add the remaining shells using large to small. Each shell should come up about 1/2 an inch on both sides of the center.
Step four: Once you have all of your shells hung evenly, triple tie the twine at the top making sure the loose end heads towards the back.
Step five: Flip the seashell hanging around and trim the excess twine to about one inch. Hot glue the end up on to the driftwood.
Final step: Add faux succulents by tucking in the stems into the rope knots or hot gluing them right onto the driftwood. This gives them the cute effect of “sprouting” right off the wood!
Now friend, this Seashell Door Hanging was too pretty to hang on our ugly-brown front door in Okinawa (although it would have been an improvement). So I decided to hang it in our foyer to greet our guests when they come inside!
My husband saw the mirror I had replaced the hanging with on the floor and hung it right back up. It’s kind of quirky.
I’m super pleased with the way it turned out. I have yet to find a spot in our new Japanese house to hang it in but it could really go anywhere!
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