How Do I Glue Sea Shells to a Clay Pot?

by Ann Johnson, Demand Media
    Try to glue the less attractive side of the shell to the pot.

    Try to glue the less attractive side of the shell to the pot.

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    When you collect seashells during your visit to the shore, bring them home to use in craft projects. One such project involves covering the exterior of a clay pot with decorative shells. Before gluing the shells to the pot, wash and dry the shells and decide which side of each seashell you intend to place next to the pot, and which side of the shell you want to display. After affixing the shells to the pot, and the glue completely dries, you can finish the project by dabbing exposed areas of the pot with a bit of glue, using a paintbrush, and sprinkling with sand. Just be careful not to get the glue on the shell, as you want to keep the sand on the pot, not the shell covering.

    Step 1

    Lay the pot on its side on a sturdy, flat surface. When adding the shells, keep the side you are working on facing you.

    Step 2

    Apply a dab of waterproof glue to the surface of the pot and affix a shell. Slowly add one shell at a time, as if filling in a puzzle, to fill the side facing you.

    Step 3

    Allow the glue to completely dry before you rotate the pot, exposing an area of the pot free of shells. Continue adding shells, as in the previous step, until you cover the exterior of the pot's side with shells.

    Tips & Warnings

    • For a finishing touch, spray the completed project with an acrylic matte sealer spray, available in craft stores.
    • Handle the pot gently when a shell-covered side is resting on your work surface, to avoid chipping or breaking off the shells already attached.

    About the Author

    Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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