Fish Bone Art with Shells

I am a beach lover! I live near the beach, I kayak at the beach, and I create art at the beach.  Today I'm using what I found at the beach to create a simple hanging fish using shells.  This is a great project for your next vacation! 

shell art fish bones

This project is so easy that all you need is the things you found at the beach, some wire, a board and hot glue. 

fish bones with driftwood and shells

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fish bones using shells with wire hanger

No real directions involved because you're going to use what you found to create your own version! 

If you've been following along lately, you know I love fish! 

And any fish with driftwood like this driftwood fish wind chime and the driftwood fish wall hanging are winners with me! 

For this fun fish project I began by dry brushing a quick coat of light green paint onto a piece of reclaimed wood. 

fish bone art with driftwood and shells

Next, using the pieces I found on the beach, I arranged them to look like fish bones. 

shells and driftwood

A couple of pieces of driftwood for the body then shells in descending order down the spine. 

I added a piece of sea glass for the eye then drilled holes in my board to thread wire. 

fish bone sign hanging on lettered sign

I used rebar wire and added a few squiggles in the wire as I went. 

A raffia bow tied onto the wire finished off the project. 

fish bone art hanging on a sign

You could add a little sand, more shells, a different fish head... the ideas will come from all the great things you can collect on the beach. 

fish art hanging on old shutter

If you don't live near a beach, remember this project for your next beach vacation! 

fish art on vintage shutter

Shells can also be purchased quite reasonably on Amazon. 

driftwood, shells and raffia on a board shaped like a fish

This is a great family project to create on vacation or to keep your memories alive all year long. 

driftwood and shell fish bone shape

You can see more DIY beach themed projects by Homeroad by visiting these stories. 

rusty garden in a wheelbarrow and shutter with fish

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fish bone art hanging on a shiplap wall


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .