These unique trinket dishes are made by using discarded scallop shells. They are so easy to do and are truly adorable, they also make a lovely present. To keep with the seaside theme I added a bit of quirkiness to my trinket dishes by attaching a little sea creature. Also as I can’t resist a bit of Marimekko I decoupaged the outside of shells to make them even more lovely.
On her way back from France my aunt popped into see me with a gift of a crate of wine and a bag of scallop shells. Whilst the wine disappeared quickly the shells sat in my craft shed for a year. One of the quirks of being a crafty upcycler you get given all sorts of stuff to transform. Jeans and jumpers are greatly recieved, but sometimes I get given things where I may graciously receive them, whilst actually thinking, what the heck can I to do with that. The funny thing is that in most cases I end up coming up with something, even though it may not be for a while. This was the case with these scallop shells.
What You Need to make the trinket dishes
Scallop Shells – you may not have an aunt to give you some but all’s not lost. These shells are quite easily obtained from your local supermarket or fishmongers. Most prepared scallop dishes are served in these shells.
Small plastic sea creatures – I had these left over from my upcycled toys frame. You should be able to pick these up from your local pound/dollar store.
Napkins to decoupage the outside – as you may already know I love Marimekko and they do some lovely sea themed paper napkins (Merivuokko) that are perfect for this. There are lots of Marimekko napkin sellers on ebay.
Spray paints – I used copper, gold and a metallic transparent pink, but obviously use whatever you have or fancy using.
PVA Glue or Modge Podge/ Decoupage glue, Resin glue.
Small glue brushes and pads.
How to make your scalloped shell trinket dishes
As I had loads of shells and because they make great gifts I made 3 trinket dishes.
First I spray painted the inside of my shells in my chosen colours. I do love a bit of copper and it goes with my home decor so I sprayed one copper and then the others gold and metalic pink just because I already had those colours in my craft cupboard.
Spray paint the sea creatures you’re going to use the same colours as your shell.
I then decoupage the outside of the shells but you may want to leave yours aux natural. To do this I separated out my 3 ply napkins and only used the top ply. Using water and brush I wet my napkins where I wanted to tear it (tearing gives a nice feather edge). I glued these small strips of napkins one at a time to the outside of my shell. As napkins can be rather delicate it’s better to use a pad rather than a brush to pat down your napkins. When the shells are completely covered and dry apply at least one coat of PVA glue or modge podge to provide a protective layer.
I then stuck my spray painted figures to the inside of my shells using a resin glue.
I have the copper one on my beside table and use it to hold my jewellery when I take it off at the night. The penguin makes a great ring holder. I’m going to make a slightly more masculine one for my husband, perhaps in a metallic blue with an octopus figure, so he’s got somewhere to put his loose change at night.