How To Shellac Oyster Shells?

If you’re using copy paper, use Mod Podge to the back side to slightly softeren the paper. If you’re using a tissue or napkin, skip this.

Apply Mod Podge with a paintbrush to an oyster shell’s inside surface. Now, beginning with one spot on the interior shell surface, place the paper or napkin there and gradually push it down until it covers the entire area.

I’ve discovered that lightly tapping the paper reduces ripping and works pretty well. See video tutorial for greater information.

Remove the extra paper from the edges while the paper is still wet.

Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge with a paintbrush to the entire decoupaged surface. This will make the trinket dish more sturdy and provide a surface that is resistant to water.


*Remember to set aside some time each day for this assignment. However, because you’ll have the freedom to complete other tasks during downtime, such as cooking lunch, switching out the laundry, or making a call to a friend, this is fantastic for folks who love to multitask.

  • Spray the clear lacquer inside the oysters first; make sure to do this outside or somewhere with good ventilation. Give the lacquer 45 to 60 minutes to dry and set.
  • To spray the oysters’ exterior, repeat Step 1.
  • Apply white paint to the oyster shells’ outside using the broad-stroke brush. Allow to dry for 30 minutes or until touchably dry.
  • Prepare the gold leafing pen, then lightly touch the edge of the oyster shell. Follow the edge and look at the matte texture border to see a more realistic gold edging. Even without the clear lacquer, you can see how the matte texture meets the interior of the shell’s natural luster.
  • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 one more time to complete and seal the paint.
  • Enjoy your nautical-themed finds!

This easy oyster shell painting method makes a terrific starting point for more complex crafts, whether you prefer a more understated aesthetic. Try larger oyster shell projects like making your own gilded oyster wreath or experiment with various metallic paints and colors.

How to Make Golden Oyster Shells

Beautiful oyster shells can be used to create simple, chic pieces of nature decor for your hygge house. These can be used as ornaments for Christmas trees, jewelry dishes, soap trays, salt and pepper shakers, and center pieces (they reflect great off of lights). Being born and reared in South Carolina, I was exposed to these items in various southern decorative motifs.

The evening before Thanksgiving, our family enjoys an oyster roast every year. Fortunately for us, my father has saved literally bushels of oyster shells from this yearly gathering (perhaps in the hopes that they’d make fantastic fire pits instead of jewelry bowls), but this year, my sisters and I snagged a couple to use for a craft project on Thanksgiving.

We created the jewelry, salt, and soap bowls using the larger oysters. We used a gold paint pen to write the names of each family member on the longer shells. To make ornaments for our Christmas tree, a little hole will be drilled in the oyster shell’s hinge.

So, if you are cooking an oyster roast or already have some of these lovely shells at home, follow these instructions to make stunning pieces for your hygge home.

Clean water should be used to wash your shells, and any dirt or oyster remains should be brushed off. If they have just been used, an oyster knife could be required to scrape off any fragments that remained.

Paint your metallic gold paint on the shells’ backs using a flat brush. Give them a few hours to dry.

Apply your metallic gold paint with a brush to a 1 cm section of the oysters’ front edges.

I’ve discovered that dotting the gold paint on the edge rather than using strokes is the best strategy. With the edges, the line is thicker and has more character. You are welcome to experiment to determine your preferred painting style.

4. Monogram your ornaments if you’re making them.

Use your gold paint pen to inscribe the desired names onto the oyster after the gold edges have dried. I believe cursive writing looks the nicest.

It’s time for the final glossy coat after the golden edges and monogrammed names have had time to dry.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the oyster’s lustrous top using a clean, flat brush. Caution Avoid applying a layer that is too thick since it will pool in some places and dry into a matte, white region.

6. Attach bowl supports with glue.

If you want to use your oyster as a decorative bowl for jewelry, soap, or other items, it must lie flat on the surface you want.

Painting your buttons’ front and backs gold is the simplest solution. After they have dried, glue a flat button to the uppermost rear edge. Place the shell on the table to see which part of its uneven, rock-like surface contacts the surface first. Once you’ve located it, place a flat button there with your super glue.

If you want to experiment with making the shell more stable, try adding pearls to the base. Personally, I combined the two.

Self-Made Shell Pinch Bowls

The project is quite simple to make, and I believe that you may prepare ahead for it to ensure that I, you, or we complete it. The materials required to make your own shell pinch bowls are listed below:

  • Look for flat or shells with a natural “base” when choosing shells. There shouldn’t be any tippy shells. Oyster shells work really well, in my experience. Although muscle shells can be smaller, these are gorgeously flat, purple, and blue.
  • Remember that you are applying this on a food product when using gold paint. I used the Martha Stewart brand of gold acrylic paint. Before applying a food-safe shellac spray, the item must be completely dry. Always use your own good judgment while consuming anything that has been painted.
  • I used Rust-spray Oleum’s shellac, which is made of a natural resin and is suitable for use on food. Before adding salt or herbs and serving the shells, make sure they are completely dry.

How are oyster shells Mod Podged?

4. Smooth down the patterned tissue paper over the wet glue by gently laying it on top. *If using napkins, divide the layers with your thumbs from the corner and use only the top layer.

5. Use your fingers to remove the extra material after the mod podge has cured.

6. Gently file the edge of the pit with your nail file until it is smooth.

7. Use your fine paintbrush to apply the gold liquid leaf on the oyster shell’s rim.

How are oyster shells prepared for decoupage?

You may utilize Your choice: glossy or matte. On the tissue paper or napkin, cut out a rough outline of the oyster shell. If you use napkins, make sure you only use the colorful portion and discard the white outer layer. Utilizing a paintbrush, apply pressure and shape it to the shell.

How are oyster shells cleaned and preserved?

  • Remove any unfinished meat before cleaning the interior of the shell. Pay close attention when removing the muscle that holds the oyster to its shell.
  • Next, wash the interior with dish soap and warm water.
  • Thoroughly rinse.
  • Fill a bowl with water and more bleach if you need to do more cleaning. Give the shells some time to soak.

How are oyster shells prepared for painting?

  • Freshly shucked oyster shells should be soaked for up to 24 hours in a solution of half water and half bleach.
  • For cleaning, discard the bleach solution and replace it with a mixture of warm water and dish soap.

Can oyster shells be cleaned and used again?

What happens to empty oyster shells, have you ever wondered? The good news is that they may be recycled and composted after use. Continue reading to find out how and why you may reuse your oyster shells!

You can recycle the oyster shells after you’ve indulged in one of our Pacific oysters rather than throwing them away. Your beautiful oysters’ shells can be used to create crafts or jewelry after being cleaned. For instance, you may paint the shell’s outside gold to create a stunning jewelry dish. They can also be organized as a house wall accent or strung together to create a wind chime. If making tea light candles is your thing, you can use the shells to create a one-of-a-kind candle for your table by adding melted wax and a wick.

Additionally, you may compost your empty shells to make organic fertilizer! It is a really easy process. Your empty shells should first be boiled before being broken into little bits using a cloth and a hammer. The crushed oyster shells and water can then be added to the soil. Oyster shells naturally contain calcium and other minerals, so the composting process provides essential nutrients to the plants in your garden. By composting oyster shells, you are essentially giving them a second chance at life.

Donating them is another option to put your shells to use. There are a number of groups that focus entirely on saving oyster shells. These organizations buy used oyster shells from local eateries or individuals, clean and cure each shell, and then dump it back into the sea. Each recycled oyster shell becomes a home to dozens of baby oysters and aids in the restoration of oyster reefs since oyster larvae seek out something difficult to adhere to. Check out these public shell drop off locations to donate your used shells.

How is an oyster pearl polished?

  • Put a strainer in the drain or close the sink’s drain. The last thing you want to happen is to witness your priceless jewels falling into the toilet.
  • Add about 2 cups of warm water to the bowl.
  • Mix in a few drops of gentle detergent.
  • Gently wipe each pearl with the delicate cloth after dipping it in the solution. A pearl string should not be soaked in the solution as this could cause the string to stretch.
  • Overnight air drying is possible if you hang the pearls or place them on a nice cloth.

Can oyster shells be sprayed with paint?

You either “love them or loathe them” with oysters, kind of like “Marmite”! Personally, I adore them and have transformed some of them into a glitzy oyster shell decoration.

I use the word “glamorous” because I painted the oyster shells with gold spray paint and embellished the thread with sparkly beads. The oyster shell decoration becomes glam with the addition of some gold and sparkle! I used a tiny cream felt ball as the pearl to finish off my amusing oyster shell pendant.

My typical Christmas décor consists of a plain, DIY rustic Christmas tree decorated with vibrant, colorful, and occasionally glitzy ornaments. The decorations, in my opinion, are the main attraction. I enjoy creating new ones every year, like my Frida Kahlo ornament.

What is used to cover shells?

Ensure that the seashells are completely submerged in the water and bleach solution. When using bleach, take the necessary care to avoid splashing it on anything that could be harmed (such as your clothes). Remove the seashells from the bleach and water after about an hour, then thoroughly wash them with fresh water.

How are shells varnished?

  • First, let some brightness in.
  • Step 2: Scrub and wash.
  • 3. Boil the leftovers and remove them.
  • First, soak yourself in alcohol.
  • Soak in bleach solution in step two.
  • 3. Dip into acid.
  • First, get rid of any hard water stains.
  • Step 2: Buff and polish

How do you use mineral oil to polish shells?

I rub or brush on a tiny layer of mineral oil to restore a shell’s original gloss, and it suddenly appears to be incredibly lovely. I’ve found that treating clean, dry sand dollars and urchins with a mixture of 50/50 water and white glue is the best way to keep them safe.