On this past cruise we were on the look out to find something that could fill in one of the empty 5 x 5 opening frames that we have and decided on a shell coaster from Grand Cayman. The size worked out perfectly, but the thickness of the shells... not so much. I was so sure that I could make it work but alas, the sounds of cracking shells proved that I could not.
No fear, I was determined to do something with this! I started to cut the coaster apart only to realize that the holes which held the shells together are very noticeable if I wanted to lay the shells flat.
Due to the holes and the amount of space I had between the frame glass and the backing I decided to just work with the little shells around the edge. I played around a bit until I came up with a design that I was happy with. Onto some left over scrap paper that I had on hand and this is the final product.
I wasn't sure if I really wanted to keep this color paper, so right now it's just tapped down instead of glued. Once I finally make up my mind I'll glue it so the paper is flat. The shells bring back memories of our cruise, as well as childhood memories when I used to collect shells from the shore.
Did you ever collect shells on the beach?