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Easy DIY Seashell Cloche

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Bring a sense of ease into your home with this easy DIY seashell cloche!

You guys. This past month has been full of unexpected life things. It’s been crazy and frustrating and I’m just so tired. Because of that, I needed something super easy to create for the blog this week. If you are feeling run down or pulled in a million different directions, I one thousand percent get it.

This super simple tutorial will allow you to still decorate your home in a pretty way for mid-Summer but also won’t take you more than 15 minutes. Let’s get into this easy DIY seashell cloche!

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Materials Needed

  • glass cloche
  • a base such as a linen, plate or small tray
  • seashells
  • lace ribbon

Easy DIY Seashell Cloche

Seashells are special. They not only remind me of some of my favorite places which include St. Petersburg, Florida and Maui, Hawaii but are also beings of a magnificent ocean. The ocean speaks to me in so many ways and teaches me to ride the waves of life in a graceful way.

The simple cloche tutorial below includes just a few steps. You will have a beautiful coastal cloche display in no time flat!

Step 1: Place Your Base.

First, decide where you want your cloche to be displayed.

I am using this in my hall bath as pretty counter decor so that’s where I placed my circular linen base.

Other options for a base can include a small plate, wood round, or an oval platter.

a small vintage linen

Step 2: Arrange The Shells.

I’m using my collection of seashells that I have brought back from Florida over the years.

There is really no rhyme or reason for where or how you place the shells on the base.

Since the cloche is round, I arranged my shells in a circular shape on top of the linen.

seashells on a vintage linen

Choosing more spiral-shaped shells helps to add variation and definition to the display as a whole.

I saved some of my favorite shells to place on top of the smaller ones so that they would be seen easily, such as the purple coral piece.

My best advice here is to keep adding, arranging, or taking away shells until you are happy with how it looks!

more seashells for display

Step 4: Test Fit.

When you have the seashells the way you want, do a test fit with the cloche dome to be sure that everything fits nice and tight under it.

I ended up having to squeeze a few of the shells closer together on the sides so that the cloche was sitting flat.

After that, I added the star of the show! Using just two fingers, I maneuvered the sand dollar under the dome so that it leaned up onto the back of the glass.

glass cloche dome with seashells

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Step 5: Add Ribbon.

Last, I simply cut a piece of lace ribbon and tied it in a bow around the knob of the dome.

I think it adds such a soft touch to the cloche display as a whole, really toning down all of the hard elements.

add lace ribbon to glass cloche

Step 6: Display The Cloche!

With that, my seashell cloche display is finished!

This is a very different type of decor for me. Living in the Midwest, I don’t typically decorate with seashells. However, due to the neutral palette of it, this cloche vignette blends in seamlessly with the blue and white decor that I have styled in this bathroom.

left side of glass cloche dome

The seashell cloche display is rich in texture, helping to bring movement and life to this small space.

seashells close

Styling this cloche on a bathroom counter allows for all of the seashells to be seen from different angles. If you are at the sink, it’s a completely different view than if you are looking at it from the bathtub.

It’s like three displays in one!

bottom of glass cloche

Other areas of your home that you can display a cloche include :

  • a coffee table
  • side or end table
  • as a centerpiece
  • entryway or console table
  • on a shelf as part of a larger vignette

a finished seashell cloche display

Closing Tidbits

My hope is that this easy DIY seashell cloche inspires you to create simple decor for your own home! You truly don’t need to spend hours or many dollars to create a haven that is cozy and beautiful. Natural elements, like seashells, are some of my favorite decor items to use because they already speak for themselves in such a lovely way. Be encouraged to see the beauty in minimal living, finding simple pleasures along the way.

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Leave me a comment! How do you decorate with seashells in your home? I love hearing from you!

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a glass cloche dome filled with seashells

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13 Comments. Leave new

  • MaryJo Materazo
    August 1, 2023 9:39 am

    So cute Rachel. I love decorating with cloches. This is perfection! XO- MaryJo

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  • Debbie- Dabble
    August 1, 2023 5:25 pm

    Rachel,
    This is really cute and i do have the things I need to make one!! Thanks for sharing as i have a whole Coastal/Nautical theme going on in my Living Room right now!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs.
    Deb

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  • Lynne | My Family Thyme
    August 6, 2023 5:53 am

    So pretty, Rachel!! Thank you so much for sharing at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

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  • Hi Rachel. This is such a cute idea. It’s so simple and cost effective. This would make a fabulous centerpiece for a tablescape. Wishing you the best week!

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  • Hi Rachel! Sorry to hear life has been crazy lately! Hope things settle down soon! I love the beauty and simplicity of a cloche! I don’t know why but everything looks more amazing under a cloche! Using sea shells is perfect for this time of year and the addition of the ribbon is perfect!!

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    • Rachel Granholm
      August 7, 2023 12:45 pm

      Hello!
      They have settled down thankfully!! July was just insane.
      Thanks so much for the lovely comment…I know…glass domes make everything look so much more elevated, right?! Wishing you a great week ahead!

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  • What a great way to blow off some steam and be creative, Rachel! This looks so good and would be such a fun way to celebrate the summer season while also keeping your memories close. Sending you lots of hugs that August will be all that you need it to be. Never forget how amazing you are sweet friend. I believe in you, CoCo

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    • Rachel Granholm
      August 10, 2023 4:30 pm

      Thank you!! August is off to a much better start, thank goodness! I’m grateful for you, friend! Wishing you a great weekend ahead!

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