Girls Want Pearls #43: Photo Display

Welcome to Girls Want Pearls #43: Photo Display. Was your weekend a good one? Was it more of a productive or relaxing one? Making things happen or making memories? Today’s pearl project will help you celebrate the snapshots of your life by giving you a place to display the good times you have captured. We’ll be making a sea shell photo display. If you’ve come to this post as a result of clicking the link at Drop It or Swap It, be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see exactly what’s included in my swap item!


And now for the supply list:


Oh, and one more REALLY IMPORTANT thing…


Forming the wire photo display pieces:

Cut the 16 gauge wire pieces to desired length. Form a circle at one end, wrapping around twice as shown. (hint: use a tubular object to wrap around ~ prescription pill bottle, taper candle, etc.) Twist together the other ends of the wire.


Embellishing the conch: Choose a word that conveys your feeling about the photos/memories, and select your letter tiles accordingly. Embellish the conch shell with all your embellishments. I attached mine using E-6000 (does your glue bottle look as gunky and gross as mine?!)

Bend the ends of the wire, two going one direction and the other two going the opposite direction, forming a T. When gluing the wire to the conch, it’s helpful if you can find a crevice or nook in the top/back of the shell to nestle it (I leaned mine against the spikey things on the conch). Attach it with glue, brace up and allow to dry. Once it has dried, brace it further by adding small – medium shells on top of and around the T. Glue them in place and allow to dry.
Now you have a beautiful and unique way to display photos at the beach, vacation and family photos, or fun vintage photos.

If you would like to make a photo display like this one and would love to have all the supplies delivered right to your door, you need to come back and check out this week’s Drop It or Swap It link up, running this Wednesday through Monday (linky opens Tuesday night for early birds). Cause guess what I’m swapping? Yep, everything you need to make your very own sea shell photo display! Items from each of these categories, with hand picked selections from the tiles, buttons/jewels, and small shells categories.
You’ll just need your own photos, glue and any extra embellishments you want to add. Read more about Drop It or Swap It to find out how it works. Please come back and link up!

Next week’s pearl post hint: Old Glory

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8 thoughts on “Girls Want Pearls #43: Photo Display

  1. Love this display! And we made memories this weekend for my motherinlove and fatherinlove’s 60th wedding anniversary! God is good! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Thanks Donna! I didn’t think of that, but these could be party centerpieces, maybe even a beach-themed party. Good thinkin!

  2. Hi Ann,

    What a great way to use tiles and pearls.
    The shell is beautiful alone, but the
    additions make it that mush more special.

    Bear Hugs,

  3. Ann, love, love it! Your are so creative my friend! I use scrabble tiles all of the time. Wondering where the round ones came from? Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

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