Way back in 2001, we loaded up the kayak and drove up to Maine to spend a beautiful week hiking and exploring. We chowed down on fresh caught lobsters, we hiked around Acadia, we paddled around the many islands and inlets and visited a couple of lighthouses.
To give you an idea of how long ago that was, the littlest one here, Nathan, is 16 and learning to drive.
Why bring up a vacation that occurred 14 years ago? Because, that is where the shells for my hurricane lamp came from.
Maine has some spectacular tides. When high tide comes, all the coves are full of water and the boats are actually sitting in water. Low tide comes…no water! All the boats are left high and dry.
We do have tides in Maryland, usually a 30ft difference (more or less), but Maine knows how to do tides. The difference between low and high tide can be 100’s of feet. In those low tides are tons of tidal pools to explore, and somewhere around those pools were piles and piles of washed up shells. Thinking that they would make a great craft for the kids, we filled a pail full.
So now 14 years later, what do I find in a cabinet in the basement…a great pile of shells.
Heck with the kids craft, now it’s my project.
A few weeks ago I shared with you my hurricane lamp made from driftwood. Since I bought 3 of these hurricane lamps at the local Goodwill, I thought I would decorate them 3 different ways, just to give you a few different diy ideas. This shell lamp is #2.
For decorating purposes I personally like when I have a set of three matching/or similar items to make a centerpiece. Think about the terracotta pipes and junk candle holders I had displayed around Christmas. So if you’re going to make a hurricane lamp, you may want to consider making a few.
I think it goes without saying that you can’t attempt this project without a nice supply of shells, some plain fabric, hot glue sticks and a hurricane lamp.
I originally tried to hot glue the shells directly to the glass but they didn’t hold very well.
Next idea was to cut a piece of fabric the same height as the hurricane lamp and a inch and a half longer than the circumference of the lamp. The bottom edge of the fabric was cut on the finished edge of the fabric (selvage). This piece was cut from a drop cloth.
Pin the fabric in place around your hurricane with the selvage at the bottom.
Sew along the line you just pinned and slide the fabric back down around the hurricane lamp with the seam facing outwards. The seam will be nicely concealed by shells and you won’t have any seam showing on the inside of the glass.
Start gluing. I used hot glue which held really nicely to the fabric and the shells. Each row fit fairly well inside the previous row.
As you go along, it’s easy to glue the seam open with the hot glue.
When you get to the top, fold over the fabric, glue in place and cover with more shells.
Finally finished our Maine souvenir, only 14 years later. That has to be some sort of record. 🙂
Happy Memorial Day everyone. Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend.
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