DIY Seashell Decor
Two projects for under $4.00!
I bought the shells ($1 for a big bag) & jar ($1.95) at the Christmas Tree Shoppe. With some leftover hemp twine I crafted two different decor pieces. The string of shells was fun to make. I draped a broken costume necklace with yellow/seafoam green beads with it to compliment.
I reblogged this photo months ago, and couldn’t find the original source or any tutorial associated with it. I knew I wanted to make it either way, so I snapped some pics and decided to piece it together for you.
- Flowers & Dirt
- Light bulb(s)*
- Not pictured: Poker or needle
- Not pictured: A hook to hang it from
- Optional: Decorative rocks
* Only use incandescent light bulbs for this project, DO NOT break open a fluorescent light bulb (the curly ones), they are very toxic!
This project requires breaking glass and handling glass… so be careful, kids.
Step 1: Hollow
Cover the light bulb with a cloth and grip it gently.
I took my needle-nose pliers and went at it. There is a piece of foil/metal on the very end of the light bulb, that can be pulled off with ease, exposing a small hole. Then you sort of just need to start digging in there. The black part is the hardest to get off, but once you crack it you should be able to clean the rest of it easily. After that, you need to break the filament and pull it out.
Click here for a more thorough explanation of this step.
Step 2: Poke Holes
Once your light bulb is all cleaned out and you’ve discarded any shards of broken glass, twist a poker or a sewing needle against the sides of the light bulb to poke two holes through the metal.
If your light bulb has a stamp or text printed on it, use nail polish remover to take it off if you wish.
Step Three: Create a Handle
Cut a piece of wire (I used jewelry wire) and thread it through the holes. Leave about a inch of wire exposed on either side, and wrap the ends around the top to secure it.
Step Four: Get Dirty
I put these pretty rocks on the bottom to give it some weight, and filled about a cup of dirt from the potted plant into the light bulb. If you have a funnel, it will make this step easier.
Step Five: Add Flora
Transfer your plant carefully, do not scrape the stems onto any sharp edges on the inside from where you removed the filament, or it will damage your flowers.
Tie a sturdy piece of twine around the handle and hang it up!
I love beautifying my dorm with these simple projects. Click here to learn how to create the autumn leaf heart vine pictured above.