Hi everyone! We’re joining Funky Junk Interiors again today, helping Donna celebrate her 2000 followers with a clay pot project. Her challenge was to do something unique with an ordinary, garden center clay pot. For my design, I’m going with a classic, sea shells. I started by giving the pot an aged finish with craft paint. To see how I painted the pot, go here. I then assembled a variety of craft store and dollar store shells, all unearthed from my stash, and fired up the glue gun.
The largest shells were glued on first, giving me a base pattern to work from. Next I glued the tiny shells on in rows surrounding the large shells. It helped that I had a pair of long-handled craft tweezers to get into the tight spots around the center shells. I did have to pry up and re-glue a few of the shells, and although some of the paint peeled up, it was hidden by the shells that were being added.
Here’s the finished pot
It was so fun to experiment with the different sizes of shells, and create this pretty pattern. I just used neutral shells for today, because that’s what I had on hand. Michael’s, however, has bags and bags of beautifully-colored shells, and I was tempted to come home with a basket full of those! They will definitely be on my project list for the future. Think of the possibilities – lamp shades, gift boxes, chandeliers and more. Buttons, coral, starfish and even freshwater pearls could be added to really glam up any project. Check out this gorgeous frame from Horchow, a mere $775. Let’s all make one ourselves and save, say, $750!!
Since I used craft paint and hot glue, this pot will be for indoor use only. Your local craft store could probably advise you on which paint and glue to use if you wanted this to be durable enough for outdoor use. I also didn’t go all the way around the pot, as these will be sitting on my mantel (when I finish the second one!), and the back will never be seen.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done with their simple, basic clay pots. Go here to visit Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for the creative inspiration!