How to Make a DIY Ring Holder From a Scallop Shell

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Upcycle A Scallop Shell Into A Gorgeous DIY Ring Holder

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 perks quirks of being a crafty upcycler is that you get given all sorts of random crap stuff to transform.
 
Jeans and jumpers are greatly received. Occasionally, I get given things which I may graciously accept, whilst actually be thinking, what the heck can I to do with that. The funny thing is that in most cases I end up making something with this stuff.
 
That was the case with these scallop shells. I used them to make a useful DIY ring holder.
 
The last thing I do every night when I get into bed is to take my rings off and put them on my bedside table. This isn’t always the safest place to put them. As they often get knocked off onto the floor as I reach for my phone in the morning.
 
I know, I hate to admit it but I’m a slave to my phone. It’s the last thing I look at before going to sleep and the first thing I check in the morning. Anyway, I digress what I needed besides kicking the phone habit is a DIY ring holder.
 
These gorgeous DIY ring holders are made from upcycled scallop shells.  They make a lovely handmade gift.
 
 

Scallop DIY Ring Holder..

This is a really simple and quick craft with a gorgeous end result. So much so that I made a few of these DIY ring holders. They make a perfect handmade gift.
 
To keep with the seaside theme of the scallop shells, I added a bit of quirkiness to my DIY ring holders by attaching a little sea creature. Also being a bit of Marimekko fan I decoupaged the outside of shells with some Marimekko napkins to add to their overall gorgeousness.
 

 
Scallop Shell Trinket Dish - Pillarboxblue.com
 
DIY Scallop Shell Trinket Dishes - Pillarboxblue.com
 
 
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What You Need to make a Scallop Shell DIY ring holder

  • 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.

 
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How to make your scalloped shell Ring Holder

As I had loads of shells and because they make great gifts I made 3 DIY ring holders.
 

  1. 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 metallic pink just because I already had those colours in my craft cupboard.
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  3. Spray paint the sea creatures you’re going to use the same colours as your shell.
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    Scallop shell trinket dishes pillarboxblue.com
     
     

    Decoupaging scallop shells..

  5. I also decoupaged the outside of my shells. Firstly I separated out my 3 ply napkins and only used the top ply.
     
    Then using water and a 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 mod podge to provide a protective layer.
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    Decoupage scallop shell trinket dish
     
     

  7. Finally the spray painted sea creatures were glued 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 DIY ring holder with the penguin on my beside table. The penguin is just the perfect shape for hanging rings on. The others I have gifted to friends.
 
This gorgeous DIY ring holder was made from an upcycled scallop shell.  They make a lovely handmade gift.
 
 
If you liked this post then you may like some of my other handmade gift ideas.
Gorgeous Fabric Birdhouses
Beautiful Map Roses
Spring fabric birdcages
DIy Jewelry -Upcycled Silk Scraf Necklace
 
 


 

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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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