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Project

Shell Salt-and-Pepper Dishes

Introduction

A half shell was good enough for Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." Can humble condiments require more? Four clam or scallop shells make a summery set of salt-and-pepper dishes.

Materials

  • Four clam or scallop shells
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Run four shells per set through a dishwasher, secured in the silverware caddy.

  2. Step 2

    For the base, turn two shells topside up, and hot-glue them together at the hinge.

  3. Step 3

    Glue together the other two shells; then lay them faceup and crosswise over the base, and glue. Now bring on the chowder.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2007

Reviews (37)

  • amandassoaps 16 Aug, 2011

    this is really cute I'm going to try this

  • Orah 19 Jun, 2010

    I really like this idea. However, epoxy may be a better choice in climes where temp varies widely thus compromising the integrity of the hot glue. This is a great idea for outdoor events where if your guests are a little tipsy if they knock it over and break it you're not going to have an inordinate amount of grief over it.

  • rock63roll64 19 Jun, 2010

    LOVE IT !! LOVE IT !! SOOOO BEAUTIFUL BUT THEN I AM A BEACH LOVER AND A SHELL LOVER AND A SAND LOVER AND A EVERYTHING LOVER!! I AM JUST A LOVER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE !! AND YES, YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE...MOVE ON!!! I AM WITH bradis2 and kid-valkyrie !!! Could not have said it better!!! THANKS MARTHA FOR ANOTHER GREAT IDEA!!!

  • glowin33 4 Dec, 2008

    I really love this idea! It is very simple and when we have clams and the shells are large and in good shape i save them for wreaths and other projects. Now i have one more use for them! Thanks, MSO!

  • sojosmom 6 Jun, 2008

    I like the idea also as a ring tray near the sink or on the bedside table at the cottage. Summery and practical!

  • busheytree 6 Jun, 2008

    I really like the idea of creating a base for the shells as this looks like it would stay put a bit longer when set out on a buffet table or anywhere kids gather.....I love MS crafts because even tho' I may not use them all, they help me rethink ways of doing things and get my creative juices flowing.

  • purple00 5 Jun, 2008

    My sister-in-law is going to love this idea! Simply cute.

  • roserobin 5 Jun, 2008

    OK GIRLS LETS' LIGHTEN UP A LITTLE!! SALLY SELLS SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE FOR HER SEASALT!!!!!!! SMILE

  • bradls2 4 Jun, 2008

    I agree with the others...please stay off the site if you do not like the crafts. I look forward to these emails. There is enough negativism all day at work I don't want to see it here too. I come here to relax and enjoy all the simple pretty ideas.

  • donnagrol 4 Jun, 2008

    I think this is a marvelous idea....perfect for a sea-side lunch or dinner....I agree with Miria, the addition of salt spoons is very befitting!

  • Catherine808 4 Jun, 2008

    What a clever idea for a beach themed dinner or luau. I can picture the tiny spoons carved out of coconut shell or wood. I think this idea is fun and can set the imagination to work! I also think tthat criticizers should stay away from cluttering the comments. What is the purpose of being negative anyway???

  • ariadnaquijano 4 Jun, 2008

    I agree with valkyrie... if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing. It may be silly for you, but a great accomplishment for a kid, for instance. Anyway, if you are too good for this site, do not enter it.

  • Shesh 4 Jun, 2008

    Glued, they stay in place and won't tip.

  • SMChase 4 Jun, 2008

    Love this idea, we have pool partys all the time and trying to fine salt and pepper shakers to match is always a problem. We also live on the west coast so clam shells are easy to fine, great fun for the grandkids to fine and than make them. I love all your ideas may not make all of them but I save them so I love this site.

  • kid_valkyrie 4 Jun, 2008

    Never in any online community have I seen such harsh, bitter and sceptical comments as I do here, attacking the various crafts suggestions. These crafts are for all skill levels, for a WIDE audience! Not for everyone! Save your bitter comments and move on if its not for you. Also, not everyone can afford all the crafts out there, some are also economical. Like my mama says, if you don't have a nice word, say nothing at all.

  • winterbeach 4 Jun, 2008

    another silly craft (when did gluing shells to each other become a craft) idea. Just use the shells by themself.

  • klukemt 4 Jun, 2008

    If you don't like the daily crafts, why do you continue to read them AND THEN take the time to comment on them? Just wondering... I particularly don't like the shells, but I have 2 friends that would LOVE them as gifts. Thanks MSOL!

  • miria 4 Jun, 2008

    Finally, something I can do with our Mexican shells. Would want to add little spoons as suggested; don't like the idea of each person taking a pinch of salt or pepper. Using shells for dips would be a neat idea also. I shell try that!

  • pboszko 4 Jun, 2008

    really now people...how ridiculous can these daily crafts get...msol is really digging deep into the buket!

  • ulihelisdi 4 Jun, 2008

    great for outdoors, BBQ's, I don't even think you would have to glue them together, singular s

  • camelotbytheriver 4 Jun, 2008

    I always use individual shells fo serving coctail sauce and tarter sauce for guests. Just set them out on a tray and guests help themselves.

  • camelotbytheriver 4 Jun, 2008

    I always use individual shells fo serving coctail sauce and tarter sauce for guests. Just set them out on a tray and guests help themselves.

  • alinsday 4 Jun, 2008

    These are so pretty! Great idea :)

  • mlelwis102746 4 Jun, 2008

    If you do this, it would be very cool to use those cute little antique silver spoons they used to make for the same task.

  • lsbmoak 4 Jun, 2008

    Poject sounds good...for something else. II''m not keen on people dipping food into them or reaching into the dish. ..unless you kind find tiny spoons to use. This is the 1st craft I've seen with complete

  • TriciaJay 4 Jun, 2008

    lovely, esp. when serving seafood.

  • margaret70403 4 Jun, 2008

    Have been using shells that are sanitary for years!! I even use them for individual Ramikins. The ideas are endless!!!!!!

  • hollybeary15462 4 Jun, 2008

    This is adorable! Especially if you can find a cute set of spoons to hot glue a small shell onto the handles of! For a casual dinne, I would just set the shells out (unglued) on the table with the spoons. For the reader who thought this was unsanitary, you may actually purchase shells at gourmet cooking shops, as there are several dishes that are prepared "in shell".

  • mahze 4 Jun, 2008

    Very nice. I've done this (using shells for food items) but not with the gluing. The gluing together will make it a lot more stable than the way I've done it. Great for spring and summer and so pretty on the table for everyday use as well. Nice change. Love it!

  • lamboyster 4 Jun, 2008

    I think this actually looks a little tacky; I would prefer to set the shells on the table without glueing them together.

    And LoveRiot, there are probably some cute little spoons that would work fine.

  • edcolt01 4 Jun, 2008

    I think the idea is meant as a serving dish for the salt and pepper for a dinner party etc. I don't think the idea is to store your salt and pepper this way or to use it all the time.

  • Gramma57 4 Jun, 2008

    Oh my-- my mystery has been solved. I inherited one of these and to this day I had no idea what it was used for!! I love shells so I kept it because. Now I can use the one I have and make a new one with all the shells I have. Thank You!! Gramma57

  • lepb 4 Jun, 2008

    Great idea, just add small demitasse spoons or salt spoons if you have them. Could even do a set for each setting. This is also a good thing for dipping spices, tacos, etc.

  • wduke2 4 Jun, 2008

    How would you store this? I think I will pass. It would be cute for a beach theme party and I guess then dismantle it, but I can't imagine using it all the itme.

  • 1234sana 4 Jun, 2008

    Um, this is kinda of strange idea to do. I kinda think the clam or scallop shells are the not a good things to do. Not good.

  • LoveRiot 4 Jun, 2008

    Looks adorable! But I hesitate due to hygiene issues...Does everyone go 'pinching' into it to get their serving?

  • Cleanfreak88 4 Jun, 2008

    Now that is a really cute idea! The possibilities are endless and if the object you are using is food safe, you could really have fun with a theme!