How to Make: Shell Flowers

When I was in Tonga, one of my favorite things to do was collect shells on the beaches. After a while, I had accumulated quite a few, but wasn’t really sure what to actually do with them. I came upon this ideas of making little flower magnets. It’s fun and was a cute, inexpensive, and lightweight gift for friends when I left. I think they would also make great drawer pulls or just decorations for the house.

For those of you who are interested, here’s how to make them:

Materials Needed:
1. Cardboard
2. Scissors
3. Tacky Glue (or another strong glue, but I don’t prefer hot glue)
4. Small shells (I collected mine but you can also buy them online on sites like this one and this one)
5. Magnets (optional)


Find a circular object a little bit smaller than you want your flower to be. I used the lid of a salt container. Trace around it on the cardboard to make a circle and then cut out.


                      Get your shells and decide on which ones you want to use for your design.

Position your outer ring of shells on the cardboard before gluing anything. I found it is best to have them touching each other and halfway hanging off the edge so the cardboard is properly covered up.

Move your shells and apply a thick ring of glue.
Stick on your shells and adjust them until they are positioned properly (the advantage of using Tacky rather than hot glue). Let this dry for a few hours.

Select your next ring of shells. I chose contrasting ones for this flower, but it depends on the look you want.

Again, stick them on, adjust, and let dry.

Stick on the center shell and you’re done. After it’s dry you can glue a magnet on the back, if you want to.

Hope you enjoyed this post! If anyone uses this for their own shell flowers please leave a link in the comments! I’d love to see what you come up with!