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Using Shells to Decorate Flower Pots

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Shells can easily be used to 'decorate' flower pots - here are a few examples of some in my garden.
The upright pot is the easiest - I used ready-mixed tile adhesive. The adhesive not only holds the shells in place, but covers the entire background (or surface area) of the pot in a neutral color.
When working with a 'long' container, such as that in this photograph, I found that was best to deal with the ends first. Once that had been accomplished, I rested the container on its long side, and 'decorated' the front. The back was not decorated, as it is not on display.
The rock in the corner of the photograph had a nice shape, so I decided to paint it, and then added some shapes using a silver metallic permanent marker.

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  • V Valencia
    V Valencia Downey, CA
    on Jun 11, 2014

    Love this idea...very attractive flower pots

    • Valerie
      Valerie South Africa
      on Jun 11, 2014

      @V Valencia Thank you - you can use any old pots for this project - the long ones are made from asbestos, they are very old, and the other one is terracotta. I think that plastic ones would work equally well.

  • Lucy Fraser
    Lucy Fraser Brooksville, FL
    on Jun 12, 2014

    hmmm great idea looks nice!

    • Valerie
      Valerie South Africa
      on Jun 13, 2014

      @Lucy Fraser Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  • AYSUN GUVEN
    AYSUN GUVEN Turkey
    on Jun 12, 2014

    like a dream..........

    • Valerie
      Valerie South Africa
      on Jun 13, 2014

      @AYSUN GUVEN Thanks so much!

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Jun 12, 2014

    These are precious. My sister decorates pictue frame with tiny shells. They make quite a difference.

    • Valerie
      Valerie South Africa
      on Jun 13, 2014

      @Liliana Wells I have seen quite a few examples of frames decorated with shells on Hometalk, and they are absolutely lovely. If I had small shells available I would use them to decorate around a kitchen clock - just a thought ...

  • Marge
    Marge Mesa, AZ
    on Jun 12, 2014

    I like this idea. And I will try the tile adhesive because if they don't stick, the project is ruined.

    • Valerie
      Valerie South Africa
      on Jun 13, 2014

      @Marge The tile adhesive that I used is a ready-mixed variety. It has quite a thick consistency - why not try a small sample to see if what you have available will do the job? I found that I had to put it on fairly thickly, as the shells are uneven. When you are finished, please post a photograph, I would love to see how it turns out.

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