Create a Beautiful and Modern Shell Hanging Decoration

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DIY a beautiful and modern shell wall hanging with your coastal and beach finds using this easy DIY seashell decor idea and dollar store supplies.

Hey there!  How are you today?  Welcome to a fun monthly series called The Global Styler hosted by Casa Watkins Living. A few friends of mine and I share DIYs and decorating tips inspired by something global and this month we are using the theme “my world’s favorite place”.   Scroll to the end to see their globally inspired posts!

Modern Seashell wall decor hanging in a bright and airy coastal home.

DIY Modern Sea Wall Hanging

(Note: Post originally posted May 1st, 2017 but has been updated!)

I decided this was the perfect opportunity to use some of my beach collections since the USMC always puts us at a station close to the ocean.  I know, tough life!  The kids and I love to gather shells, drift wood, and coral from our local spots and when we travel for souvenirs. 

Today I’m sharing a modern seashell wall decor made with shells and driftwood found in Okinawa, Japan.  But you can easily do this project with your beachy stash or check out the shopping list below! 

DIY shell wall hanging supplies in a tray.  Bright and airy.

Here’s what you need to create a shell hanging decoration:

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  1. A piece of driftwood
  2. Seashells  (around 13 or other odd number)
  3. Hemp twine and rope
  4. Faux succulents
  5. Hot glue gun, scissors, and needle nose pliers (or chop stick)


Where to buy seashells and supplies:

I love the convenience of shopping online at Amazon and found that even the supplies I found at my local dollar store were the same price per item online. But you can also look at the Target dollar bins, dollar tree, and thrift stores for crafting supplies.

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How to assemble your seashell wall decor:

Step one:  Hang the seashells on twine.  Follow the simple steps below for a no-drill solution to hanging shells if you have similar seashells to mine.   A small drill bit can be used to create a hole in each one if your seashells are more flat.

  • 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: Secure any loose shells with a dot of hot glue.

Driftwood wall hanging from pipe cleaner on chair for easy assemble.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Step five:  Flip the shell wall hanging around and trim the excess twine to about one inch.  Hot glue the end up on to the driftwood.

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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!

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Now friend, this shell wall 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!

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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.

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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! Don’t you just love seashell home decorations? I many shell decor pieces but I love finding creative DIYs for them. Have you made anything with shells lately?

Shell Wall Hanging in a bright and airy home

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16 Comments

  1. Collected some shells recenty. I’ll mount It using embroidery hoop to become my wind chime! Hm great idea!. Thanks

  2. I wonder how you cat feels about these, hehe. :))
    I myself am not that good with this type of decoration (it’s more of my girlfriend’s mojo), but I am quite fond of the faux succulents. A lovely touch there!

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