Gorgeous Scallop Shell Trinket Dishes

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DIY Scallop Shells Trinket Dishes

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.
These gorgeous scallop shell trinket dishes are so easy to make by upcycling old shells and plastic sea animals.  They make a lovely gift.
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.
Scallop Shell Trinket Dish - Pillarboxblue.com
DIY Scallop Shell Trinket Dishes - Pillarboxblue.com
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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. You can even buy them online (click here)
  • Small plastic sea creatures – I had these left over from my upcycled toys frame.
  • 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.
  • Spray paints – I used copper, gold and a metallic transparent pink, but obviously use whatever you have or fancy using.
  • PVA Glue or Mod 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.
    Scallop shell trinket dishes pillarboxblue.com

  • 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.
    Decoupage scallop shell trinket dish

  • I then stuck my spray painted figures to the inside of my shells using a resin glue.

    Scallop Shell Trinket dishes - Pillarboxblue.com
    Scallop Shell Trinket Dish - Pillarboxblue.com
    Scallop Trinket Dishes - PillarBoxBlue.com
    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.
    Copper Scallop Trinket Dish - Pillarboxblue.com

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    30 Responses

    1. Very cute! Would work great as a ring holder! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop & Link Party!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you !

    2. Its a beautiful collections and they all are looking unique and stylish…

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers and thank you ! I’ve gat a few more shells left so I think I will be making more.

    3. These are so cute. Would you mind sharing the brand of paint you used. Thank you.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! I use Montana Gold spray paints for most of my crafts which you can get from lots of art / craft shops

    4. Hi, Claire! Omigosh, these are the awesomest!!! Adding the extra outer decoupage is fabulous, but my favorite part is the tiny metallic creatures. Love!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Yeah the figures are my favourite too especially the penguin.

    5. I love this! Now off to the seashore to pick up some shells. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks & good luck !

    6. Fabulous! I actually picked up a bunch of shells that I don’t really have a use for, now I’m inspired. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Glad I inspired.

    7. Sooooooooooo very creative and unique!!! I especially love the shell with the blue and red fabric! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Yes I love that Marimekko print as well.

    8. oh wow too cute! love these and you know I have some huge shells from when we went to the beach! I see a birthday present for Kristina coming up 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and tute!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I’m sure she’d love the present.

    9. Such a clever and creative idea – they are gorgeous! Pinning to share 🙂

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers and thank you!

    10. I love these! Of course, I’m a sucker for anything sea-related. Great gift ideas for sure.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you! Pleased you like them.

    11. This is so pretty and creative!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you so much !

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    14. Hey Congrats just dropping by to tell you that this awesome post was picked as a feature on the #HomeMattersParty Linky Party. You can find it at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-party-74/. While you are there make sure to grab the I was featured button. And once again Congrats and hope to see you link up again.

      • Claire Armstrong

        That’s awesome! Thank you very much

    15. Claire, these shells are so awesome!! Love the colors you chose and how cute to attach sea creatures for embellishment as well as to hold rings. Very creative!! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    16. What a clever project! So easy and inexpensive to make, yet they turn out to be so lovely. Well done! 🙂

    17. I have a lot of shells left over from serving shellfish appetisers last winter. Now I know what to do with them. Presents for my young nieces. Please Claire, what is PVC Glue? Thanks!

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