How do I glue sea shells onto a clay pot?

by Sissy

I'm hot glueing Sea shell's on to a clay flower pot and after the plant is in it the shell's fall off. Help please

  6 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 08, 2019

    Hello-I think E6000 would be a great choice. Its at walmart and craft stores-

    Ive used it to flatten glass marbles and faceted glass plates on woodn glass windows to make decorative hangings.

    Please have a look at product information to see if it might meet your needs.

    A second choice might be Gorilla Glue but I find it messy with its expanding foaming property and an awful situation if you get it on your skin/ hands.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jan 08, 2019

    2 part epoxy like Gorilla Weld; Silicone Caulk(Silicone caulk is a waterproof method of adhering embellishments to a flowerpot or for repairing broken pots. The area to be glued should be cleaned and dried.) Here's others need waterproof one for sure Cement adhesive Cement adhesives are sold under many brand names, oftentimes as patio or garden adhesives, at home improvement, craft, hobby and hardware stores. Cement adhesives are used for objects that may be exposed to the elements, such as water. Terracotta flowerpots, as well as ceramics, pottery, cement and stones can benefit from the use of cement adhesives because these types of glues can tolerate temperatures ranging from -45 degrees Fahrenheit to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. For best results, when repairing a broken flowerpot or gluing decorative embellishments to the pot, lightly sand the area to be glued (and the back of any embellishment if applicable) with fine-grit sandpaper to create texture for better bonding. Press the object onto the pot or press the broken pieces together. The pot should not be handled for a minimum of two hours and will not be permanently glued for about 72 hours. Use cement adhesives with extreme caution as many contain the toxic chemical, tetrachloroethylene. Ingestion may be fatal. Inhalation causes neurological complications, among other dangers. To get objects to stay on easier maybe need to use glue gun to stick on, then adhesive for permanent bond(because adhesives have a much longer cure time. you could also always do them as mosaic

  • Susan Susan on Jan 09, 2019

    You might try sealing the clay pot from the inside will help to retain moisture for plants as well.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 09, 2019

    Sissy, I think the shells fall off because a clay pot draws moisture from the soil into the clay pot. I personally don't like to coat the pot with anything because clay pots are supposed to draw some moisture out from the soil, thus keeping the soil an appropriate wetness for the plant. So I sometimes knit or sew a pot cover. You could glue the shells to the fabric or yarn. Another option is to wind jute around the pot if you like that look, but only glue the jute at intervals. Then you could glue your shells to the jute. The soil can still breathe through with the fabric or jute or yarn, which is the whole idea behind clay pots as opposed to ceramic or plastic pots. They are just healthier for the plants. I have houseplants that are over 40 years old! Keep them healthy! They clean the air in your house. Have fun!

  • Tammy P Tammy P on Mar 19, 2023

    I have used E-6000 with hot glue, this way water and the outdoor elements will not affect them. They will stay right away and long term. Happy crafting

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    You can use hot glue for this or if your pot is going to be out in the weather you may consider using a stronger adhesive such as glass/ ceramic glue.