Seashell Outdoor Table!

I wanted a small table to go between the patio lounge chairs I upcycled. I had a 20" terra cotta pot that I painted yellow and a great idea! Here's what I did...

I already had a bag shells, but I purchased a bag of sand and a 24" glass top.

A terra cotta pot is very heavy. I wanted to be able to move it around without hurting myself...so I gathered pieces of Styrofoam and cardboard to fill the pot 2/3 up from top, this would keep the pot from being too heavy while still having it full.

I cut a circle from cardboard that fit pretty well on top. If you can fully seal off the top of the pot, you'll need less sand for this project.

Then I added the sand. I poured in enough so that it created a smooth, solid surface.

Then you just add your shells!


It is so beautiful....so easy to make...and is a wonderful memento of your happy times at the shore.

If you don't have any shells, you can purchase a bag for under $10 at Walmart. Check out more of my unique creations at: kelleysdiy.com thank you for looking

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  • Alison Ozgirl
    on May 6, 2019

    Clever idea..Cute and creative..

    Question?: Is the terracotta pot that colour naturally..?

    I'm in Australia and never seen one that colour unless painted.

    • Mamma
      on Jun 13, 2020

      This is the very first thing she wrote; I wanted a small table to go between the patio lounge chairs I upcycled. I had a 20" terra cotta pot that I painted yellow and a great idea! Here's what I did...

  • Elizabeth Garza Arroyo
    on May 6, 2019

    I was thinking you were going to make a small table out of it. I love the idea and I'm thinking of putting a round of square glass on top of it to make a cute table out of it. What do you suggest I secure it with? Gorilla glue or something else? Thanks for this great idea.

  • Judysue
    on May 8, 2019

    How did you secure the glass top to pot. Could you glue or expoxy it. I love this idea Judy

    • KLEvans
      on Jul 20, 2020

      I think I’d buy a clear plastic round disk for this purpose.

      when my grandkids are here they can play with the shells and sand.

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  • Nikki
    on Jul 12, 2020

    Maybe plexiglass instead of glass if one is concerned about breakage around kids.

    Love it, been wanting a cool idea for my patio and this is it. Plan to make one

  • Pamela
    on Aug 19, 2020

    I made it and it came out wonderful. Goodness, I never thought I would do anything like this but I did it however, I painted my pot which is heavy. I made a circle with the inside measurements out of cardboard. I had a damaged

    12 inch mirror (just on the edge but I wouldn't have used it for anything else) and I glued it to the cardboard. Then I took jute rope and went around the mirror several times. (I hot glued it on top of the rope I had just circled. I did this about three times. I placed the sand, shells and sea glass on top of the mirror and it looks wonderful. I can now just lift the whole thing out and store the sand and seashells in a baggie for different seasons to decorate with the table. I purchased a 24 inch glass top table and it is heavy enough that I am not worried that it will tilt. ( I plan on placing halloween, small pumpkins, Christmas fairy lights, ornaments etc, into the tray for different seasons) I hope that makes sense. Thank you so much

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