Rue How-To: Savor Summer Memories

This year especially, it seems like summer is slipping right through my fingers. There’s only one month left (better get outside and soak up some rays!), and I’m trying to savor every last sweet summer memory. From a beach trip earlier this month, I was left with a collection of shells — courtesy of my niece and nephew — and a few pictures. With a little spray paint, I can reminisce about those special moments year round with chrome seashell keepsakes.

• Seashells
• Rust-Oleum Silver Metallic spray paint
• Newspaper or cardboard to protect your workspace
• Frame or clear glass vase
• Glue gun with glue sticks

1. Lay out clean shells on a piece of cardboard (to keep things from getting messy) and spray with silver metallic spray paint.
2. Let dry for 30 minutes.
2. Once dry, use a glue gun to affix shells to a frame or fill a glass vase.

By Emily Gibbons of Lucky Little Love, Staff Writer

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August 3, 2012


  1. Steve says:

    how many times did you spray the shells?

  2. Patricia Hatch says:

    Love this idea from the super fab Emily Gibbons. Chic and beachy all in one!

  3. Jen says:

    Love this idea. You get the look of those expensive silver shells sold in specialty stores, for next to no cost at all! Plus you have the personal memory. I am definately going to try this idea myself…thanks for the great post Emily!!!!

  4. Chandley says:

    Just once should do it, Steve. But spray until you get your desired shade.