How to Make a Unique Seashell Mirror

3 Materials
2 Days

Making seashell mirrors has to be one of my favorite things to do. Each piece is unique and one of a kind, no two are alike. The whole process from the beginning to the end is so calming and therapeutic.

One of the pastimes I cherish the most is walking along the beach searching for seashell treasures and sea glass, of course as long as the weather permits.

I am a self proclaimed shell fanatic. I love the different shapes and colors of these beautiful gifts from the ocean.

How to make the seashell mirror:You can skip some of the steps if you are using a store bought mirror.

  1. Start off with 24″ X 24″ X 1/2″ piece of plywood
  2. Cover the entire mirror with painter’s tape and paper. In order to avoid scraping glue and paint off the mirror later.
  3. Spray the plywood or the store bought mirror frame with white paint
  4. After the paint is dried, spray the back of the plywood with spray adhesive and carefully attach the black felt fabric to the back. This will protect the wall and also look professional
  5. Install the mirror hanger on the back
  6. locate the center of the board…put mirror glue to the back of the mirror and place it down on the center of the board.
  7. Place the shells on the frame before gluing to get an idea of the placement.
  8. Start with larger shells first, then fill in with smaller shells.
  9. Move shells around till you are satisfied with the look
  10. Glue the shells into place.
  11. Clean all the glue webbing with a soft brush
  12. Take you time and enjoy the process!
  13. Finally cover the mirror and spray the frame with two coats of sealant and dry.

Attach mirror hangers to the back of the plywood.

Placing each unique seashell on the right spot to create the mirror is really a fun, creative process.

Taking shape

And here it is, seashell encrusted mirror with beautiful shells, I love it! 

Hang your unique seashell mirror and admire your beautiful creation for years to come!

You can visit my blog at to get a more detailed instructions on creating this beautiful shell mirror.

Suggested materials:

  • Shells   (Beach, online shell stores)
  • Plywood   (Home Depot)
  • Liquid nails adhesive   (Home depot)
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  • Kat Kat on Jul 20, 2021

    What did you use for the tiny filler shells in between the larger ones? The mirror is gorgeous.

  • on Jul 20, 2021

    Hi, I used tiny pearl umbonium shells as a filler, they have a beautiful pearlescent color.