DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

Simple DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

Unfinished Wood Shadow Box, Seashells, White Chalk Paint, Light Green Chalk Paint, Hot Glue Gun, Paint Brush

Today I’m sharing a DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art I made for Crafts Unleashed. I had a lot of fun working on this project and finding the perfect spot in the house for these. Now onto the craft!


I love working on coastal crafts for the house. My home decor style is very coastal, so I couldn’t wait to get started on a new craft that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now – a DIY shell specimen wall art project. These are so pretty and so simple to do, I had mine done in a couple hours.

We all know wall art can be pretty expensive, so making a project like this using shells you’ve gathered yourself or bought from is a perfect option.

Step 1 – Paint Your Shadow Box

I started off by painting my shadow box white.  I did a total of two coats letting each coat dry 20 minutes.

After the white paint had dried, I lightly dry brushed on my light green paint.  I wanted it to have an aged feel.

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

Step 2 – Add Shells

Next I picked out some of my favorite shells!

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

Step 3 – Add Shells

Then I used a high temp glue gun for this project.  I laid out my shells, until I found the order that I wanted. Add hot glue on the back of each shell and firmly placed them onto the shadow box.

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

I had it finished in a couple minutes! See how simple it was to make and they will make a statement on the wall for sure.

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

You can add a metal hanger on the back to hang on the wall, but I always like to use command strips when hanging projects like this.  They are super easy to use and hang.

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

I did a similar project a couple years ago using an old pallet and starfish, a DIY Beachy Wall Art.

DIY Shell Specimen Wall Art

This DIY shell art fits in perfectly with my coastal decor.  I love the idea of using shells you’ve found on a recent beach trip and making a project like this.

Now you have some great artwork for the house, enjoy!

If you’re looking for more DIY Coastal Wall Art then check out this awesome roundup over at Crafts by Amanda!

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