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Sea Shell Frames (& Another Gallery Wall!)

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We’ve gone a bit gallery wall crazy around here. We have the heart gallery in the dining room, the grid in the master bedroom, and even a casual wooden frame gallery in the guestroom. But, there’s always room for more.

I have a bit of a seashell hoarding problem. I live 15 minutes from the beach, but constantly look like a tourist as I crouch on the sand and scamper to gather Good Shells. I capitalize it because I have certain shells I just feel guilty passing up. They’re so pretty. Butterflies. Coral. Fingernails. Spirals. I don’t know any of their scientific names, I just know that I love them.

I have shells in jars (on a bookshelf) and in boxes in my craft closet. It’s become a hoarder-like issue. So, I decided to put a few to use by decorating some plain frames and assembling a little gallery wall.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

I picked up these simple wooden frames at Michaels for $1.

I sat down with each type of shell, sorted them, laid them out on the frames to decide on a layout, and then used hot glue to secure them in place.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sean even got in on the fun! He very, very rarely does “craft” projects (he does TONS of DIY but more nail-gun than glue-gun) so this shows how badly he feels “use it or lose it” re: my seashell hoardstash.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Afterwards, if there were a lot of hot glue strings, I blasted them with a hair dryer to melt the little strings. Warning: if any shells aren’t glued down well, they will blow away.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Then I decided on my gallery wall layout. We ordered a bunch of 4″x6″ prints of cute pet pictures from Walgreens. I used painters tape to attach them to the wall and decide on a layout. This wall is right next to our laundry room on the little hallway in between the guestroom and the guest bathroom.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Then, I added the pictures to the frames and hung them using command velcro strips. We actually cut the strips in half to get more out of a box. It’s a lot cheaper to do this than buy 2 boxes of the smaller strips.

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

Sea Shell Frames & a Gallery Wall - Charleston Crafted

A couple of the frames are still in progress, and we might expand the wall in the future, if we get enough of other frames. But I totally love it! The animal-beach combo totally tugs on my heart strings.

Have you hung any new gallery walls lately?

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