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Shell Garden Pots How-To

Aim for a balance of color and texture as you adorn the pots.


Assorted white shells and broken coral pieces, Dual-temperature-setting glue gun by Martha Stewart Crafts, Barnacles, 7 inches to 10 inches, low round cement pots and cement pot with saucer,


  • For shell pots: mixed bags of shells and broken coral
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Clay or cement pots
  • For barnacle pots: purple barnacle clusters, screwdriver, rubber mallet


  1. Step 1

    For shell pots: sort through shells to decide on color scheme.

  2. Step 2

    Starting with the larger shells and working in sections, glue shells to pot. Overlap the pot's rim slightly to conceal top edge.

  3. Step 3

    Glue smaller shells and coral bits to fill in any open spots.

  4. Step 4

    For barnacle pots, resize clusters by gently prying apart with screwdriver and mallet. Glue clusters to the pot's top edge.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2011

Reviews (1)

  • cochiaj 4 Sep, 2011

    I made this pot. It is absolutely beautiful. Only trouble I had was holding the sea shell and put hot glue on it. Sometimes the glue dripped a little and it burned my finger tips.