Lilly Pulitzer Seashell Pattern Tutorial

If you didn’t already know, I love Lilly! So to celebrate the summer I decide to try painting this fun Lilly seashell print, called Chiquita. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and here is how I did it, step by step.

Seashell Finish (2)

This is the Lilly Pulitzer Chiquita Pattern that inspired me!

lilly pulitzer chiquita pattern


  • Unfinished wooden photo frame (or other surface to paint on)
  • White Acrylic Paint*
  • Blue Acrylic Paint*
  • Green Acrylic Paint*
  • Pink Acrylic Paint*
  • Navy Acrylic Paint*
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint*
  • Various Sized Paint Brushes

*You can substitute a different color to give it your own personal touch*

Step 1: Paint the entire photo frame white. You may need to do two coats to fully cover the wood.

Seashell 1

Step 2: Using a thin paint brush, paint a few large blue seashells on the frame. Fill in the seashells with rows of small dots to add some texture.

Seashell 2 Detail

Seashell 2

Step 3: Create green swirled seashells by painting a large swirl and adding in curved contour lines. They should be a similar size to the blue seashells.

Seashell 3 Detail

Seashell 3

Step 4: Paint in smaller pink seashells across the frame. They should be slightly smaller than the blue seashells and don’t have the filling dots.

Seashell 4

Step 5: Paint pink starfish by painting the outside shape as a five pointed star. Then fill them in by making small pink circles giving it that starfish look.

Seashell 5

Step 6: Using navy paint, add small navy seashells and small navy swirl shells. Use them to fill in some of the white space around the other shells.

Seashell 6

Step 7: Fill in some more of the left over white space with small yellow seashells and yellow conch shells. Create the conch shell with by painting a small yellow triangle and then leave a little gap and paint a rectangle shape and then another one and another one, getting wider and wider and finishing it off with another triangle.

Seashell 7

Step 8: Now that you have all of the basic shells on the frame, you need to fill in the rest of the white space. Fill some of it in with lines of navy dots along the edge of a shell. Or fill in a small area with scattered navy dots.

Seashell 8 Detail

Seashell 8

Step 9: Fill in some more of the open white space with green swirls and long curved stripes that make up a large seashell under the rest of the pattern.

Seashell 9

Step 10: Continue to fill in the pattern by adding some more yellow seashells and navy swirls and dots. Keeping adding a little more of each color until there is very little with space between all of the seashells.

Seashell 10

And now that there is no more white space you’re done!  Hope you love it as much as I do! xoxo

Seashell Finish


7 thoughts on “Lilly Pulitzer Seashell Pattern Tutorial

  1. This is an awesome tutorial! I just taught myself how to paint my sorority’s Lilly print and have not stopped painting it on everything haha! The Chiquita print is my all time favorite Lilly print though!

    • I did this one so long ago that I don’t have the exact names but it really doesn’t matter as long as the color is close.

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