Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration

Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration hanging from a tree made with magenta yarn and beads

Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration

The Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration is easy to make and works up quickly. This project uses some interesting craft supplies to make a unique and beachy decoration you can give as a gift or hang in your home this summer!

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Capiz shells on a brown wooden surface with one being held in a hand - all are white circles

Capiz Shells – perfect for summer projects!

Capiz shells are taken from the “Windowpane Oyster” that are grown in Indonesia and the Philippines. These oysters’ shells have thin layers of calcium carbonate that are translucent and allow light to pass through. Many years ago before glass was available on these tropical islands, the capiz shells were used as windows. The capiz shell industry is an eco-friendly and sustainable endeavor that supports many island families. Now capiz shells are used to make a variety of seaside décor – they make a soothing sound when in a windchime and have a beautiful soft glow when the sun shines through them.  This crocchet project puts a Capiz shell piece front and center in a crocheted flower.

Stitches Used in this Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration

There are only a few stitches used in this Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration pattern – chain, slip stitch, single crochet and treble crochet. Treble crochet stitches are simply tall stitches that require 2 yarn overs before you insert your hook (see stitch explanation below). I love how you can make a crochet flower so quickly with basic stitches!

Let’s get started!

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements:

Flower =3” diameter; Entire decoration approx. 8-9 inches long

Supplies needed for this free crochet pattern - thread, hook, capiz shell, scissors, beads, wooden piece, and needle on a brown wooden background

Supplies:

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Size 3 Cotton crochet thread  – 1 skein (small amount) – (I used this Lizbeth thread)

C (2.75mm) Clover crochet hook

Capiz Shell piece (1 1/2” diameter) – There are many suppliers of these shells on-line and you can easily find them in a wide variety of colors

Embroidery needle (or yarn needle with small eye)

Driftwood (approximately 5” across) – I found my driftwood pieces at my local craft store but you can also find some on a beach!  Drill a small hole in the center (or you can tie the hanger on around the wood instead)

3 faceted beads

1 wooden bead

1 large acrylic teardrop bead (1 ½” long)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks (or craft glue)

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

Tr (treble crochet)= YO twice, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 3 times

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration  made with light blue yarn and the sun shining through the center shell with flower petals around it hanging outside

Notes:

First flower petals and a single row of single crochet are crocheted

Then the crocheted pieces are glued to the Capiz shell

Lastly all the beads and the driftwood are attached to form decoration

All the crochet pieces used to put this crochet pattern together

Instructions for the Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration:

Flower Petals

Ch 25

Row 1: 

Working in the back bar of the chain (Click here to watch a short video tutorial of this technique) sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail (12″) for assembly. Do not turn.

Row 2:

With Right Side facing of Row 1, join with sl st in 1st sc; (ch 4, 2 tr in same st, 2 tr in next st, ch 4, sl st in same st, sl st in each of next 2 sts) across. Fasten off. (8 petals)

Back Cord

Ch 31

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off. (30 sc)

Assembly:

How to glue the crochet pieces made with magenta thread onto the shell piece showing hands and glue gun

Glue petals to edge of Capiz shell piece

Glue back cord on back side of flower covering up the edge of the shell piece

Weave in all ends and use yarn tails to join where the first and last petals meet and where both ends of the back cord meet leaving one long yarn tail at top of flower intact

The crochet capiz shell decoration on a brown wooden surface with the top beads and wooden piece attached

Thread on beads making double knot in between each and then thread on driftwood using photo as a guide

Adding the top loop to the decoration

Tie top of yarn tail into a knot and thread short end back through driftwood piece – trim off excess (If you don’t have a hole in your driftwood, tie the yarn around the driftwood and knot in place; Then tie the top loop for hanging)

Adding the large teardrop clear bead on the bottom with another bead and thread and needle

Cut a 15” piece of yarn and thread through hole in top of teardrop bead until one end matches up with other yarn end

Add one more bead on both lengths of yarn putting more double knots in between – see photo as a guide

Join this bead element to the bottom center of flower on back side – weave in yarn tail ends

The crochet capiz shell decorations in blues and magenta showing flower petals around a round capiz shell piece laying on a brown wooden background

Your Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration is Complete!

Your Crochet Capiz Shell Decoration is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this project. I love to watch the sun shine through the capiz shells and the large faceted beads. One thing I do recommend is that you try not to have your decoration hang in direct sunlight for too long – it can weaken the bond of the hot glue. Of course, you can use another type of glue if you would like (E6000 or Gorilla glue).

Which colors did you choose? Did you know you can purchase capiz shells in different colors? I think it would be pretty to make some of these with colored shells and white crochet thread – so many possibilities!

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Thank you for stopping by! Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

Long image of the capiz shell decoration for pinterest showing all 3 versions outside and the magenta one on brown wooden wood background

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