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20 Beautiful DIY Sea Shell Home Decor and Gift Ideas

20 Beautiful DIY Sea Shell Home Decor and Gift Ideas

If you’ve been on a beach vacation chances are you might have spent some time collecting sea shells on your beach walks.

Or maybe you’re lucky enough to live close to the ocean and walking on the beach is a daily activity.

Ever since we lived in Maui, my happy place has always been the beach.

I love going for long walks, feeling the sun on my face, the wind in my hair and sand in my toes! The sound of the waves rolling calms my spirit in a way nothing else can.

And I love collecting shells brought in by those waves. Early morning, right after a storm is the best time to find an amazing variety of different shells in all kinds of sizes.

But after a while you start to wonder what to do with all those shells. So I’ve put together a list of beautiful sea shell home decor and gift ideas to inspire you.

Here’s a super simple idea I made using my own shell collection, some votive candles, a large glass bowl and 3 wine glasses I found at a local thrift store.

Beautiful DIY Sea Shell Home Decor and Gift Ideas - Wines and Glass Bowl

You might already have what you need right now in your china cabinet or sideboard. If not, be sure to check your local thrift store.

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And if you need a few more shells to achieve the look you want… Amazon has these large sea shells or this collection of mixed beach of sea shells.

More Sea Shell Home Decor and Gift Ideas

Make this pretty Beach Memory Jar. They’re a great souvenir to create as a reminder of your trip.

Along the same lines… is this Easy Beach Terrarium.

In my post, How to Make a Sea Shell Angel you’ll craft a beautiful angel to hang on your tree.

Erlene from My Pinterventures shows you how to upcycle a cabinet door or piece of wood into an Aloha Sea Shell Pineapple Sign.

This awesome Sea Shell Pineapple Jar is another of Erlene’s creations.

If you have a bunch of plainer looking shells, Creative in Chicago will have you breaking out your colored sharpies and Getting Creative with Sharpies and Sea Shells.

Make a Take Me to the Ocean canvas like this one from Pickled Tick Crafts.

If you’ve been collecting shells for a while, you could put together this Sea Shell Window Valance with instructions from Diane over at In My Own Style.

And how about these Sea Shell Coasters Made with Resin. I would love to receive a set of those as a gift!

Wouldn’t these Shell Lanterns look great on the mantel and for parties they could be moved out to the patio.

Turned them upside down, add a wick and fill with wax to make Sea Shell Candles.

Did you take photos of the ocean while on vacation? Enlarge one to use as a backdrop, add some sand and your shells for this Ocean View Shadow Box.

A pillow made from shell? You can when you use the as stamps to make these Sea Shell Stamped Pillows!

Linda Facci of Facci Desigs uses them to stamp tea towels and napkins.

Mermaids are all the rage right now… DIY Mermaid Earrings

Upcycle a set of old wine glasses (or ones bought at a thrift store) to make a Maritime Tea Lite Centerpiece.

Give your houseplants a lovely home with DIY Sea Shell Planters.

Make a Sea Shell and Succulents Wreath for your front door.

Driftwood, twine and shells can be used to make Seashore Windchimes.

We all have that one wall that we just don’t know how to decorate. Try this simple shell art on canvas. A set of 4 would look extra elegant.

If you or someone you know is handy with power tools, you’ll want to make this beautiful DIY Decorative Wooden Lantern to fill with seaside treasures.

Or decorate the rim of a wicker storage basket.The basket can be used as a catchall, a planter or as a decorative way to store all those shells until you have time to make the projects I’ve gathered in this post. 🙂


If you have children at home, you’ll also want to check out my post… 20 Sea Shell Crafts for Kids.

You’ll also find more ways to use sea shells in my 10 Elegant Ways to Bring the Beach Into Your Christmas Decor.


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  • Kim
    November 22, 2017 9:08 am

    I’m a huge fan of the beach, so this craft is right up my alley! So pretty!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 22, 2017 1:59 pm

      Thank you Kim!

  • Melanie
    November 20, 2017 9:45 pm

    We always bring them back and use them for craft ideas with the kids.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 22, 2017 1:59 pm

      There are sooo many sea shell crafts you can do with kids and they’re great memory builders too.

  • Emily
    November 20, 2017 1:27 pm

    This post is perfect for me! I have a ton of coastal decor in my home and shells are the best home decor item! These would be awesome gifts for other, or even me. 🙂

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 20, 2017 4:36 pm

      Shells really are the best home decor item, aren’t they, Emily. I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to add even more coastal decor into your home. 🙂

  • Katie Clark
    November 20, 2017 10:41 am

    These are all so beautiful. I have lots of family who love all things beach-related, so this gives me some good ideas.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 20, 2017 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much Katie! I’m glad it sparks some gift ideas for you.

  • Deborah
    November 19, 2017 6:27 pm

    I love this post I have been a beach lover as far back as I can remember, it is the one place I always go when I need to re-energize myself. I can get lost for hours just watching the waves come to shore.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 20, 2017 9:28 am

      Me too Deborah! I can sit and watch and listen to the waves for hours without feeling the need that I should be up and doing something.

  • Rachel
    November 19, 2017 9:29 am

    Shells have such a wonderful variety of textures, don’t they!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 20, 2017 9:26 am

      They sure do Rachel… I think that’s one of the things I love about them.

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