Decorating with Seashells

decorating with shells

Photo by evythecute

I like to collect pretty shells I see on the beach, and having just returned from a weekend trip to the shore, I have a nice little collection. Now, what to do with them?


Real Simple has some creative uses for your beach finds:

  • Turn them into a display: Place them in clear, plastic cubes, keeping them safe from dust and little fingers.
  • Decorate your journal: Glue flat shells or starfish onto a fabric-covered notebook for an easy nautical look.
  • Turn it into a planter: Found a monster shell? Plant succulents in it, watering sparingly when the soil is dry.
  • Use it as a pinch pot: A half-shell turns into a unique, tiny bowl to serve your seasonings at your next dinner party. 
  • Adorn a mirror:

    • Step 1: What you need: a framed mirror, craft glue, a paintbrush, and seashells of various kinds and sizes. Repeating similarly shaped elements, such as sand dollars or sea urchins, and using a limited palette will make the piece look harmonious.
    • Step 2: Place the larger pieces around the frame first, then fill in with the smaller ones. Applying the craft glue to the shells with a paintbrush makes it easier to be precise on uneven surfaces. 
    • Step 3: Hang the mirror using a picture hook and a hammer, or lean it on top of a dresser, on a table in a hallway, or anywhere else you would like to see a seascape.

I think I may try turning some of mine into pinch pots! Be sure to read Cafe Kim's post on how to clean seashells before crafting with them.

What do you do with your seashells?

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