Discover how to make a DIY Oyster Shell bookends perfect for any shelving.
Today I have a special project that I have been wanting to make for the last few months. DIY Oyster shell bookends. They are going to be perfect for my bookshelves. The bookends have a natural coastal charm to them.
Why You Will Love the DIY Oyster Shell Bookends
- They will make your book shelves look coastal.
- You can put them anywhere in the house.
- The bookends have a beach vibe.
Supplies For DIY Oyster Shell Bookends
- 75 to 80 oysters
- 4-8 inches by 8 inches.: You can purchase 2 by 4 wood and have it cut up at Home Depot or you can cut them yourself using a miter saw.
- Seashell glue: Works great for glueing the oyster shell on the wood.
- Hand sander
- White paint
- Liquid nails: Perfect for glueing the pieces of wood.
How To Make DIY Oyster Shell Bookends
I can purchase oysters very easily here in the Low Country. I can buy the shells by the bag full at most landscape places. Many constructions companies use oysters in a mixture called tabby which is very popular for people’s driveways and sidewalks. If you don’t have access to oyster you can buy them online too.
- I gathered all the supplies I needed to do the oyster shell bookends project. I place about 75 small to medium size oyster shells in a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar diluted with 2 quarts of water for 4 to 6 hours. The longer the better. The vinegar solution will dissolve any debris or dirt.
2. I had some leftover 2 by 10 lumber from my home. I took the wood to home depot to have it cut into 4-8 inches by 8 inches. With liquid nails I attach one end to the other. Let it dry for 24 hours. I painted the wood in off white. Once it dried I sanded the wood to give it a distressed look.
3. Before gluing them to the wood I place the oyster shell in a design pattern on the wood. I picked shells that are of similar size. There are many ways to glue the oyster shells to the wood. You can use a glue stick or any epoxy glue. My favorite is the seashell glue. Make sure you use gloves.
Start by wetting the oyster shell and add a thin layer of glue on it. Place on the wood and in a few minutes the glue starts bubbling. Clean any of the leakages around the shell. Let dry for 24 hours.
I love how my Oyster shell bookends turned out. They look so good on my shelving in my new home. They are a bit time-consuming and not a fast project to make. Hope you like them.