Oyster Shell Centerpiece
Whether you gather your shells on the beach or purchase them in a craft store, it’s wise to shake out loose sand and rinse them in a solution of water and bleach before using for craft purposes.
Several dozen cleaned oyster shells
Hot glue gun
Tea light candle
Centerpiece is worked from top down. Holding five shells with interior surface upwards, arrange shells into a cup, making sure a tea light will fit inside. Glue in place.
Turn cup upside down and arrange a second layer of shells so that new shells show between original shells (see photo).
Arrange a third layer of shells so that new shells show between shells of previous layer.
Fourth and fifth layers: Place shells directly on over previous layer.
Sixth layer: Arrange shells so that they show between shells of previous layer.
Seventh layer: Place shells so that new shells show between ones on previous layer.
Eighth and ninth layers: Shells go directly on top of previous layer.
Add shells as “feet”, if necessary, so centerpiece lays flat on table surface.
Photo by Dan Mayers.