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.
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.
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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