September 10, 2010

Seashell Salt & Pepper pinch pots!

Every morning when I'm walking Bo I see loads of gorgeous sea shells along the shore. Last week I was late for work because I was combing the beach for the perfect scallop shell. Why? Because I had an idea for a craft that I wanted to do and couldn't rest till I'd done it! So finally here she is: The Seashell Salt & Pepper pinch pots. Catchy no?

Alls you need is some pretty shells,some gold paint and some rocks. I used a pair of matching mussells and a scallop shell. Collect some interesting shaped rocks with a flat base. You should be able to 'sit' your shells nicely onto the rocks. Paint the rocks gold or silver. Navy blue would be nice too. Nautical but nice.

Painting rocks gold is so relaxing. I could sit in the sun painting rocks gold all day long! Once dry you can position the shells the way you like and glue them in place using super glue.

Put salt in one. Pepper in the other. Sea salt just feels right served in a shell! Perfect for a seafood supper. Or for eating outdoors. I also made one using a scallop shell to hold salt. It's like something a mermaid would have at her table!

Also the plain gold rocks are perfect paper weights. They'll stop your napkins from flying off your picnic table! And they make a place setting very pretty when combined with the salt & pepper shells.

This is one of my favourite crafts ever. This Christmas everyone is getting these from me. So quick and easy to make. So enjoyable! I love them! These would also be a great craft to make with kids. The scallop shell would happily hold soap or hair clips. Pretty and functional, the last of the summer crafts!
Lilly x

PS. As with all 'original' ideas someone has done something similar. Wah! Ah well, Martha Stewart's minions got to it before me but I prefer my version, huzzah!


  1. Martha or no Martha that looks great. Just don't paint yourself in gold.

  2. This is a great idea, I think I might borrow this for Crimbo too.

  3. They're very charming! I admire your restraint - if I got started on that gold paint I'd paint the shells as well and the chair I was sitting on and perhaps one of my arms.

  4. Martha you made yours without ending up in jail! Yours is better anyway. Hey you know what would be super cool. You can buy sea salt with seaweed in Dunnes it would be really cool for a sea food dinner!

  5. I much prefer your version!

    I love the idea of everyone having their own condiment set at the table.

  6. What a great idea!! I collect rocks so this is just great. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog- I'm glad you found me and I'm following you now- seems like we have a lot in common! :D

  7. oops that was supposed to be signed Amy.. lol

  8. What a cool idea! I love beach combing :)

  9. Love this idea. Now I need to get to a beach to collect some shells & rocks. My niece is currently obsessed with all things Disney Princess so I may have to make the scallop shell accessory holder for her Little Mermaid dress up days.

  10. That is just beautiful.I'll be making one asap.I love your little website.Dee


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