DIY Seashell Lamp

2 Materials
2 Hours

Like most people, I love to walk the beach and collect shells.
During the summer, I like to display my shells in a large clear vase on the mantle.
This year, I decided to make a Lamp using a Light Kit from Etchall.
Here’s what I used to make the DIY Seashell Lamp:
  1. Clean mason the jar to remove all dirt, fingerprints and oil. Dry with a coffee filter, paper towel, or lint-free cloth.
  2. Mask off a 1″ area around the mason jar with removable painters tape.
  3. Apply a heavy coat of etchall® etching crème to the masked area using the etchall® squeegee. Leave etching crème on for 15 minutes. After etching time has elapsed, use the squeegee to return the crème back into the original container for later re-use.
  4. Rinse etched surface with hot water to remove any remaining crème. Remember to keep crème away from porcelain or ceramic tiles.
  1. Dry mason jar and apply the “relax” peel and stick stencil onto the middle of the first side. Mask the sides of the stencil with removable painter’s tape.
  2. Using a stencil brush and the multi surface paint, fill in the open areas of the stencil.
  3. Carefully remove stencil and clean before stenciling on the other three sides of the jar.
  4. Fill Jar with sand and shells.
the lighten up shade kit
  1. Using the plastic sleeve template, trace onto a piece of burlap. Cut the burlap leaving a 1/2″ allowance around traced template.
  2. Use spray adhesive to coat the back of the burlap. Apply onto the lampshade and trim.
  • Glue twine around edge of lampshade.
  • Optional: The top of the shade is removable so I spray painted it black.
The Lighten Up Kit is pretty easy to customize. Lots of possibilities. It comes with a self-illuminating lampshade with LED lights, template and instructions guide. It uses 3 AA batteries so it’s portable and can be used almost anywhere.

The DIY Seashell Lamp was created for and sponsored by Etchall®.

Suggested materials:

  • Etchall Lighten Up Kit  (Etchall creme)
  • Mason Jar

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Sue Eldred

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Dee Johnston
    on May 9, 2016

    Can you use the spray adhesive on fabric to cover a lamp shade?

  • LyonStill
    on May 9, 2016

    I don't understand why you put a 'lid' on the lamp? The heat rises and needs to escape from the top. Otherwise, I like what you did with the shells.

    • Leah M
      on May 9, 2016

      It is an LED lamp and, while LEDs do get hot, they don't get as hot as more traditional lights.

  • Kim Hodge
    on Jun 24, 2018

    Where did you get the light kit from?

    • Sue Eldred
      on Jun 24, 2018

      I got it from etchall. I’m not sure if they still make the kit.

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  • Drd4223999
    on May 17, 2016

    Lovely. I need to collect some pretty shells!

  • Linda Abate
    on Jan 6, 2018

    Love your sea shell lamp. I have several thick large glass containers full of sea shells and other treasures I have collected over the years from my yearly vacations to Maine. I never thought of placing some in a lamp, but love the idea. This way, I can display my collection in other areas of my home.
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