The little bit of warm weather we had got me into the spring and summer spirit and I came up with a coastal craft with materials I already had on hand: A decoupaged scallop shell!

Decoupaging shells seemed to be the rage last year and everyone was doing their own versions and selling them, so I thought I’d give it a shot with items anyone can get and share the DIY with yall!

Decoupaged Scallop Shell

What you’ll need:

  • Scallop shell (you can find these at your local craft store)
  • Decorative cocktail napkin
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

I had never decoupaged with a napkin before, but I saw a craft on Damask Love’s blog with it and it seemed like a genius idea!

Most napkins are made of 2 layers, so separate those and keep the top layer with the design. Apply a thinner layer of mod podge to the inside of your shell with your sponge brush. You want enough there so the napkin sticks, but not so much where there are pools of the liquid.

Place the napkin on top of the shell and smooth out the wrinkles. I started from the center and worked my way to the edges. Cut the extra napkin away from the edges. Apply another thin layer of mod podge on top.

Once the mod podge is dry, paint the edges of your shell gold. This also covers up the uneven edges of the napkin and adds a pop of metallic color. Let dry, then place in a stand for decoration!

You can still see some wrinkles in the napkin (getting it smooth is no easy task), but I love how it turned out! And it didn’t cost a thing 😉

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