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Shell Garden Pots How-To

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

Photography: Gentl & Hyers

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2011


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

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

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

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