Charleston Inspired Gilded Sea Shell Hooks {Summer DIY Series}

Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready to make three day work weeks a thing! Today is super exciting because I’m kicking off my Summer DIY Series! Every other week, now through the first week of August, I will be sharing easy, affordable, cute, weekend projects that are all inspired by popular summer destinations. Fun, right? This week’s project is inspired by one of my all-time favorite places on planet Earth… Charleston, South Carolina!

I’ve been wanting to hang these hooks that I had by our front door to give us a place to hang our things, but the crisp, modern look just isn’t my style anymore. Today, I’m sharing how I turned those old hooks into Charleston-inspired gilded gems.


Step by step tutorial on how to DIY gilded shell hooks perfect for a mudroom or entryway.

1. You’ll need shells, gilding paint, a paint brush, hooks, and a hot glue gun.

2. Paint shells and hooks.

Tip: Make sure to shake gilding paint well before using. If you don’t, you may get a slight reddish tint.

3. Once the paint is dry (I let my hooks sit for a few hours because they had a thicker coat), hot glue the shells to the top of the hook. Be sure to use a generous amount of glue to make sure shells are completely secure.

4. When shells are secure, hang. I had to back my screws out of the wall a bit due to the shells natural curve.

Small apartment entryway

Step by step tutorial on how to DIY gilded shell hooks

Step by step tutorial on how to DIY these cute gilded shell hooks

Didn’t they turn out so cute? The gilding paint really brings out the detail in all of the shell, I love it!

Have a great weekend y’all!

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DIY gilded sea shell hooks | | Step by step tutorial on how to create these beautiful, Charleston, South Carolina inspired sea shell hooks.

Looking for some summer inspiration? Check out this summer DIY series by home decor and DIY blogger Sincerely, Sweetpea.


  1. July 12, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    My hubby and I are heading to Charleston, SC soon and I am so excited since we have never been! These are adorable hooks.

    • kalynabrams
      July 13, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      That’s so exciting! It is seriously so beautiful, you’re going to love it! And thank you so much!

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