For years, way before we lived at the beach, we’d go on beach vacations to tropical destinations and always came home with bags or buckets of seashells we collected. Funny thing is, even now that we live at the beach, I still can’t resist picking up a pretty shell. Which means we have a huge collection, I bet you do too. Today I’d like to inspire you to pull out your stash of collected seashells and start using them. I’m sharing 22 creative DIY seashell projects you can easily make and decorate with. I also found 18 more Creative Seashell Craft Ideas.
I fully intended to pick just a few of my favorite seashell projects, share them with you guys and call it a day. Ya know what? I just couldn’t stop, I couldn’t help myself. I kept thinking of more ways to use shells in home decor, or a lighting project with shells and even a few ways to use them in tablescapes and had to search like crazy to find good examples to share today. So be prepared to pull out your box of shells and start creating!
First things first, when you bring home new sea shells always clean them. Below is an easy way to clean your seashells.
How to clean sea shells before using them in DIY project
- 1/2 cup bleach
- quart of water
- scrub brush
Let shells soak for a few hours or overnight. Take a soft scrub brush and gently rub them all over to get any last residue out of them. Lay them on a towel to dry. This works great for shells that have not had recent creatures inhabiting them. I also read that you could put them in the dishwasher, although I think I like this method better:)
Cleaning sponges you find on the beach is a whole different matter. The cleaning process is a lot more involved and involves bleach and soaking and working out the biological things in the sponge. I’ve never been able to successfully save a sponge from the beach. If you try, do it outside. You’d be surprised how awful stinky natural beach sponges get! I’ve never made it past a smelly mess, and after a few days of attempting to clean my beach sponges, I always give up and toss them.
Now that we’ve taken care of how to properly clean seashells, let’s get on to the fabulous medley of projects and creative DIY seashell projects I found for you guys today!
21 super creative DIY seashell projects you can make
Lighting DIY seashell projects
In nightlights, candles or in lamps, seashells always work nicely to set a beachy casual vibe.
Fill a Mason Jar with your favorite shells and add a light fixture on top. Can’t you picture this in a 1 gallon Mason Jar? Love!
Make pulls for ceiling fans and your shells become useful. I have these all over my house and love them!
Make a seashell or starfish nightlight to brighten up a dark room or hallway.
A simple seashell and candle display is always elegant.
Seashell DIY wreath projects for the front door
Seashells look wonderful on wreaths any time of the year!
Add colorful burlap flowers, a few starfish and a variety of seashell types for color and variation.
Mix in your favorite driftwood pieces and seashells for a rustic wreath.
DIY seashell projects for the walls
Mount shells on painted ready-made canvases for quick and inexpensive wall decor.
Use small seashells to make a seahorse or your favorite sea creature.
Use a large circle of strung shells on an outdoor painted American Flag for a coastal patriotic look.
Mount shells on vintage caning in painted frames. Hang in groups on the wall.
Try a blue background and a simple shadow box
Fill a shadowbox with small shells to the brim.
Seashell tablescape ideas
Use shells to add that extra special touch to a summer table.
Or try a non-traditional fall tablescape.
Paint them and fill a few with candle wax for a simple and elegant centerpiece.
Accessorize with seashells and add them to your favorite vignette.
Make a seashell garland.
Store small goods in stylish DIY storage jars, embellished with twine and seashells.
Seashells are wonderful with plants.
Upcycled plain terracotta planters with small seashells are beautiful in groups.
Airplants fit perfectly in small seashells. I’m loving the twig stand too!
Cover an entire pot with like shells for a tropical look.
Use seashells during the holidays too.
DIY seashell Christmas ornament
DIY seashell Christmas ornament
Have I inspired you or shared a few ideas that just might work in your home? Are you ready to pull out your stash of seashells and get to work creating something beautiful that holds special memories too? After looking at countless seashell projects for this collection I definitely am!
If you love this post, the best compliment you can give me is to share it on your Facebook page or pin it on Pinterest!
Share your favorite seashell or seashell collection story and why it’s your favorite in the comments below! Here’s one of my favorite memories with seashells…. I have a handful of itty bitty tiny clam shells we found in Va on the beach. About 18 months later that’s the spot my husband proposed to me. I still have them, (the shells and him! LOL ), and still love those tiny little shells 🙂
OK friends…spill your beans or little shells, LOL, and share your story below!
Debbie Mayfield says
Love all the ideas.
Hi Debbie and thank you! I think everyone collects shells at some point in time and it’s nice to have inspiration for ways to use them:) Thanks so much for your visit!
Great projects and inspiration! I have boxes of shells from a neighbor who lived in Miami and collected them on the beach!
Hi Debbie and thank you! Shells are fun to collect and decorate with in so many ways. I hope a few of these projects fit well for your style and collection 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit and nice comment!
Some of these projects would be so diy-able for a beach wedding especially as centerpieces and gifts!
Hi Melanie, You are right, they would! I love beach weddings too. Thanks so much for your visit & pointing out how perfect some of these projects could be for a wedding too.
Lovin those gold shells!! I need them! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
Hi Kim and thank you so much! I want to do all the projects I haven’t tried yet too! I’ve painted some gold & teal and they are awesome on a table:) Thanks so much for your visit!
Love all these ideas! Please share this Thursday on Idea Box for a feature!
Hi Cyndee & thank you:) I had a hard time stopping at 22 project, I could have kept collecting ideas! Thanks so much for your visit!
They are all so cute, it would be difficult to pick a favorite. I smiled when I saw the shells in the mason jar lamp, I did that with my grandma’s old button collection and I love it.
Hi Patty! Funny you mention buttons, I almost did a project this week with buttons. I can picture a Mason jar lamp filled with buttons, Love the idea, especially since it holds something with special sentimental memories. I would have loved to make a Mason Jar lamp with my mother’s thread spools and sewing supplies. Thanks so much for your visit and hope your week is going well!