The Secret Sauce To Making A Shell Trinket Dish

How to make a seashell trinket dishIt would be a pretty good story if I told you that I got the idea for making a shell trinket dish after a glorious vacation.

🏖 To a white sand beach.
🌊 With blue waters.
🕶 Plus, a gentle, salty breeze.
🍹 And a fruity drink with a paper umbrella.

scallop shell

But I didn’t get the resin idea from a beach holiday.  It was from a grocery store zombie shopping trip.

What’s that?

It’s when you go to the grocery store and wander around like a zombie who’s three degrees of hangry.

As I stumbled by the seafood counter, I saw these:


Scallop shells stuffed with bay scallops and cornbread stuffing.

Lame brain off. Resin brain on.

I can feed my family and make something with resin.

💡 Pro tip:  If your grocery store doesn’t have anything like this, there are some pretty large scallop shells on Etsy. But I don’t think the Etsy ones come with dinner.

Here’s your supply list to make a shell trinket dish:

Large scallop shells
Beach sand
Small shells
Resin Obsession super clear resin for crafts
Resin Obsession opaque white epoxy color pigment
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Heat tool



Step 1: Secure the shells

seashells set for resin

Because the shells don’t have a flat back, they will roll around your crafting table.

Prop them up so you’re resin cures evenly.  Like side-to-side and front-to-back evenly.

Step 2: Mix resin

mixing epoxy resin

Mix 1 ounce of super clear resin. This resin works great for craft projects because it releases bubbles easily. You won’t have to stress over getting them out before the resin cures.

Step 3: Add sand

adding sand to clear epoxy

Add about ½ a teaspoon of sand to the mixed resin. Stir it around to release bubbles.

Step 4: Pour

adding resin and sand to a shell

Add the mixed resin to the open shell. Start at the deep end and let the epoxy resin flow forward.

adding sand to resin

Add more sand and clear epoxy as you need to get the shell about 1/3 to ½ full.

[OPTIONAL] Step 5: Add glitter

sprinkling glitter over resin and sand

If you want to give your shell trinket dish a smidge of sparkle, sprinkle on the tiniest amount of glitter. It will provide a subtle shimmer to the resin.

Check for bubbles before letting the resin cure for a day.

Step 6: Mix more resin

shells ready for second layer

Mix another ounce of resin. This time split it into two cups – 1/3 ounce in one and 2/3 ounce in another.

Add opaque white pigment to the smaller resin amount. Mix well.

Step 7: Add clear epoxy to the shells

adding clear resin second layer

Pour a layer of clear resin over the layer already in your shell. Make sure it covers everything you added yesterday and a smidge more.

Step 8: Add white resin

adding white pigment to clear resin

Dab white resin in a line across the shell in a few spots.

Step 9: Blow with a heat gun

Use your heat gun to blow the white resin across the clear resin. This is what creates cells that look like ocean waves. If you want more foamy waves, add more white resin.

Step 10: Finish with a few extra shells

resin shell for a trinket dish

Add a few extra shells at the resin edge. This makes it look like your shells washed up on a beach.

Let completely dry.

shell trinket dish made with epoxy resin

Tada! You just learned how to make a shell trinket dish with epoxy resin.

paper clip holder

I love how these are so cute and can fit so many uses. This dish is the perfect size to put on a desk to hold paper clips.

ring dish holder

I’m putting mine on a windowsill to hold my resin rings while washing dishes.

shell trinket dishes made with epoxy resin

The shell trinket dish on the right has a tiny bit of glitter.  They both look great, but I love how the glitter picks up the light more.

resin trinket shells

Some other design ideas for making this shell trinket dish could be:

1. Color the resin with transparent ocean colors instead of keeping the resin clear.
2. Paint the shell a different color before adding resin.
3. Add glitter paint or glue to the edge of the shell before adding resin.

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