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Make a DIY Oyster Shell Cluster

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A recent trip up the Eastern Shore of Maryland wouldn't have been complete without several stops in antique stores along the way. It was in one of these stores that I spied an old, rusty oyster basket that I knew needed to come home with me. A stop at a hotel that night answered the question of what I was going to do with the basket when I spied a ball/cluster made of oyster shells sitting on my night stand! Kismet!
Since I live on the coast in North Carolina, I was confident I'd be able to source the oysters needed for my own clusters. It took a little bit of looking, but I finally did come upon a fresh fish store that gave me free access to their pile of discarded oyster shells in back of the store.
My oyster shells had been sitting outside in the rain and sun for months, so they really were quite clean, but I did hose them off just for good measure.
I spray painted a styrofoam ball (tennis ball size) with gray paint to prevent any glimpses of the ball. Then I used my hot glue gun and started with a row around the perimeter of the ball. I used the oysters in pairs, similar sized.
I worked on one half and then when that was done and dried, worked on the other half. If the first ring was the middle of the sphere, I worked each successive band angled slightly to the top of each half.
I really jammed the oyster into the foam where I put the glue. As a result, when I finished one side and turned it over to do the other side, none of the oyster shells became loose or dislodged.
Because I had an abundance of oyster shells, I made a couple oyster shell clusters / oyster shell balls to fill my oyster basket.
I can’t imagine anything looking so good in the oyster basket than the oyster shell clusters do…just meant to be. It was fun to play around with where to put the oyster shell clusters and right now I have them split between the basket and the mantle.

Materials used for this project:

  • Oysters   (back of a fish store)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks   (Michael's)
  • Styrofoam ball (tennis ball size)   (Michael's)
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To see more: http://www.nourishandnestle.com/diy-oyster-shell-clusters/

  • Haysha S.
    Haysha S. Cedarhurst, NY
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Wow! Those look great! And such a creative idea!

    • Thanks so much Haysha! They were a very quick project and I do love they way they look in our home. Hope you have a great day. Lynn

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Very creative! Nice job!

    • Jacalyn
      Jacalyn Clearwater, FL
      on Aug 14, 2016

      A few years ago when we were at Pawley's Island, I saw oyster shell candleholders. The shells in several layers were glued onto a base, with the shells overlapping, like a flower. There were pillar candles in the middle? They looked easy enough to make, but I never did.

  • Isabelle C.
    Isabelle C. Canada
    on Aug 13, 2016

    I LOVE this...so beautiful!

  • Thanks Isabelle! Appreciate you stopping by today. Have a great weekend. Lynn

  • Grace
    Grace Lexington, KY
    on Aug 14, 2016

    Yes, so beautiful!

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