I’ve always wanted one of those seashell mirrors but they are so expensive. So I gathered up the sea shells I’ve collected, found the perfect mirror on clearance, and made my own. You can too!


  • Mirror with wooden frame (don’t use plastic)
  • Shells (collect your own or purchase online)
  • Heavy-duty mirror hanger
  • Glue gun and strong glue
  • Clear spray sealant (non-yellowing)


  1. Purchase or use a mirror with strong hanger support. These can get heavy, especially if it’s large, so make sure to use a heavy-duty hanger. Have your hanger installed and ready to hang before gluing the shells on.


  1. A mirror with a white or off-white frame helps the finished look. If your mirror has a dark frame, spray paint it first and let it dry.


  1. Clean the shells. Position the larger shells on your frame first, then fill in with smaller shells. Take your time. Walk away from the project, come back later, and move things around until you’re happy with the look.


  1. Glue the shells in place with a hot glue gun. Remember to use caution, and use plenty of glue! Clean away any strings of dried hot glue. Use strong glue for the larger shells (Gorilla Glue works great).

  1. After all the shells are in place, glued and dried, go back over the frame with a soft brush to remove any residual glue threads. Check for any exposed areas you may have missed and fill in with smaller shells.


  1. Tape off the mirror, covering all the glass. Spray the entire project with sealant (two coats). Let it dry completely. Hang and enjoy!