DIY Shell and Driftwood Mobile


This quick DIY is a result of my attempts to spruce up the patio and pick up those old craft projects I’ve been meaning to get around to.

If you’re anything like me I know you’ve got a hefty collection of shells, maybe even some driftwood lying around. I have a ton I’ve saved throughout the years, but I wanted to do something really special to display my beach finds from Maui and Costa Rica circa 2012 (yes I kept them separate, and labeled). The shells and corral I found there were just gorgeous!

You can pick up ready-made mobiles like this at any little boutique by the beach, but it’s so much more meaningful when they’re shells you’ve found yourself! Peaking at this special little display now hanging on my patio makes me so happy!

One long piece of driftwood
Collection of shells, corral, and little driftwood nubs
Twine rope
Hot glue gun


  • Start by laying out the shells you want to use and determine which will be the bottom hangers. When you have an idea of what you want to put where, start attaching the shells to twine using the hot glue gun. Some shells may need to be tied first and then glued. I cut the twine one strip at a time so that i could be sure they would end up around the same length when all was said and done.
  • When your strips are done, tie each around the driftwood base, and glue.
  • Lastly, cut one last piece of twine and tie and glue around each outer edge, creating the string it will hang from. Do one last check to make sure everything is firmly attached, and you’re ready to show off your new mobile!

One Response to DIY Shell and Driftwood Mobile

  1. happsters says:

    I want to do this project this weekend! So cute

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