How to Make a DIY Bowl of Out of Seashells... Using a Balloon!

by Rosaenidn

I used a balloon to help me glue the seashells together to form a DIY bowl or vase. Once I was done and the glue was dried I popped the balloon and the DIY shell vase was ready! Let me show you how easy this was to create.

Tools and materials:

  • Seashells (various sizes and shapes)
  • Balloon
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional: Decorative items like pearls, beads, or sea glass
Using a balloon to make a DIY bowl
Inflating the balloon

Step 1: Inflate the balloon

I blew up the balloon to the desired size for the vase I wanted to create. Remember that the balloon's size will determine the size of the bowl or vase.

Hot-glueing the shells in place
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Step 2: Apply hot glue to seashells

I applied the glue to the edges of each seashell and placed it next to or overlapping a shell so they would stick together.

How to make a DIY shell vase
Arranging the seashells

Step 3: Arrange seashells on the balloon

I glued seashells onto the balloon's surface, pressing them gently together and overlapping them slightly edge to edge so they adhered. I covered half of the balloon with shells.

Step 4: Let the vase dry

I allowed the glue to dry completely.

Popping the balloon

Step 5: Pop the balloon

Once the vase was completely dry and hardened, I carefully popped the balloon using a pin. The balloon deflated inside the shell vase and left a hollow vase structure. I carefully pulled out any remaining bits of the balloon from inside the vase. Look for any loose shells that may need more glue.

DIY shell bowl
DIY bowl with shells

I did not do this, but you can glue on embellishments like pearls, beads, or sea glass if you want. I love this DIY shell vase.

DIY bowl with shells

I use it to display greenery but you can use it as a DIY shell bowl to hold anything. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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