Friday, March 25, 2016

DIY {Oyster Shells}

I am not a huge DIY-er as I prefer to have someone else do things correctly the first time, but I have had fun with my oyster shell creations throughout the years.

I am still using the Oyster Shell wreath that I created in May 2012. I update it each season. It has been a fun wreath to have on the porch.

I saw a beautiful, organic oyster shell wreath at a gift store in Ocean Springs a while back and knew I wanted to set out and create one for my home this summer. I am the Acorn at Wisteria Hill, after all. I took what I saw, tweaked i,t and made it my own. At the price they wanted for it, I knew it would be easy and well worth my time.


Any wreath says welcome, and an oyster wreath is an appropriate welcome for  the months of summer.
The steps to construct this wreath are very simple.
Materials needed include:
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Oyster shells (many)
  • Liquid cement (I use clear)
  • Spanish moss and/or green moss
  • Burlap or your own choice of sea worthy/seasonal ribbon (rope would also be nice)
Simply start out with any size grapevine wreath that you desire. Place a large dollop of liquid cement on the back of the oyster shell and place directly on the wreath. You can add Spanish moss, green moss, or grasses in the openings.



Add a bow if wanted. I like it without, but a bow might be nice later. You could use a red, white, and blue ribbon for the 4th of July or an apple ribbon for the start of school. I may add a burlap ribbon at a later date too!
I guess I’ll start taking orders now. What do you think? I will now transform the candle holder on the front porch with oyster shells soon. Projects!


In July 2012, I created bottle stoppers by gluing oyster shells to purchased stoppers.

Here I go, again! Obsessed with oyster shells? Definitely!


On my recent tour of Fairhope, AL, J & I came across an oyster shell bottle stopper in one of the local shops. At $89.95, both of us thought the price was way too high. I thought, hmmmmm? I can create one.
With an old bottle stopper, liquid nails, and oyster shells, I set out to create one for much, much cheaper.


Take a look at the two I created recently:


Hint: The process takes days. After a shell is glued into place, allot enough time for drying. I allowed about 24 hours dry time for each shell used. Gravity certainly did not work in my favor. LOL! Trial & error! No two will ever be the same.


I think the two I created will look magnificent on the bottles I store in the dry bar.
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I am linking to Kelly's Korner blog today for her Show Us Your Life (SUYL) series. It is always a treat to be visiting Kelly's blog.

DIY, y'all!


  1. I always love your oyster shell creations. Happy Easter, Ron.

  2. Oyster shells are fun to create with. I love how organic they are. The wreath is very creative and unique. It looks great.

  3. Good morning, Ron, and Happy Easter! You sure have gotten a lot of use out of your oyster wreath since you made it back in 2012. I always love how you decorate it for the seasons. Have a great day! xoxo

  4. I created a very similar wreath last spring and loved it. I need to make another and use a few more oysters and less moss this time as it dries out in the heat here so fast. Love the bottle stoppers. One of my favorite DIYs was an oyster shell lamp. Yes, took days as each had to dry and you have to be created getting them to stay in place "climbing" the base of the lamp.


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