Whew! I feel like I’ve been sharing some pretty hefty projects lately and today I’m balancing that out with an easy DIY seashell home decor project friends. I whipped up this simple coastal decor piece for my living area. With warmer months ahead it seems fitting to add more beach decor around the house.
Funny that we live at the beach but I feel that playing up our coastal home decor style and coastal themed rooms are best suited for this time of the year.
Don’t you agree?
Here’s the best part. No tutorial required and no fancy tools were used to make my seashell vase. I saw a picture of a similar seashell vase last week on Pinterest. It was for sale and pricey. I love being inspired by what I see online, like these fresh and trendy beach house decor ideas, or like these 18 Creative Seashell Craft Ideas. My updated Coastal Home Tour is full of great ideas.
If you love coastal decor projects you will love my whale bench and how to paint graphics on furniture with a free fish graphic , my School of Fish, and my coastal rope serving tray project too.
I’ve been working on my coastal living room for about a year now. I have to admit, I’m really pleased with how well it’s coming together. A few of my other favorite projects in this room are my Wall Mounted TV Cabinet (get the free plans) that hides our huge TV. I also built the Media Console underneath (free plans too) and love how it hides the not-so-pretty electronics.
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Here’s what I used to make my coastal decor centerpiece.
- large glass vase
- tall faux grass – this isn’t what I used but I would have if I’d found it first.
Putting it together is kind of self explanatory, although I can share a few tips to make it come out better.
Start with a clean vase, inside and out. Add the sand directly to the bottom, in other words try not to let it touch the sides. Sometimes the silica in the sand is hard to dust off.
Add the grass in the center first and then place the seashells around the edges. I loved the realistic look of the tall grass that I found. It really does look like the grass we have on the sand dunes. I used wire cutters to trim it down to fit the vase.
Pin this for later!
Done! I told you making this seashell coastal decor for the living room was easy.
If you’re like me and have a huge stash of seashells saved up, here’s a few more awesome home coastal decor DIY projects I’ve shared in the past.
16 Super Creative Boat Cleat Decorating Ideas
Do you have a favorite way to display your shells with a coastal home decor theme? Share below! I love when you guys share your ideas and I learn from you too!
I’ve been looing for a sofa table and yours looks like what I have in mind. Where did you get yours?
Hi Martha! I absolutely LOVE my console table. I found it at World Market a few years ago. I just looked it up and there’s a sale going on now. Plus they deliver too which was huge because I didn’t have a way to get it home. Here’s my (affil) link to the same one I have https://fave.co/2HEgZCx I searched for a long time before I found this one and it was exactly what I wanted. Good luck with yours and thanks for your visit!
Ellie LaJuett says
Ok, I made one! How do I send a picture?
Hi Ellie! That’s great, I can’t wait to see it! You can upload and share the picture on the Wednesday share day on my Facebook page. I feel like I should do more of these simple decor projects. They are fun. What do you think?
Ellie LaJuett says
I posted them, I hope you got to see them.
Hi Ellie! I saw your darling coastal shell decor on my Facebook page. I loved them all! Now, you’re motivating me to find more uses for the boxes of shells I have stashed in the garage! So I’ll thank YOU for the additional inspiration 🙂 I appreciate you sharing your creations! It really makes my day when I see that I’ve inspired someone to create something special!
The coastal decor is adorable & what a great DIY for the home. I will be featuring this in my 16 Stylish DIY Home Decor Ideas at Merry Monday on Sunday at 6 pm pst. Hope to see you at the party!
Hi Jenny and thank you so much! Don’t you just love how these simple items came together so well. I love when that works out. Thanks so very much for featuring my project this week!
I love the simple elegance of this project.
Hi Debra and thank you! I originally meant it for my dresser but I loved it in the living room so there it stayed. It’s perfect for the beach, summer season ahead! Thanks so much as always for your very sweet notes and visit!
I like it!
Thank you so much! Easy DIY is awesome sometimes 🙂
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
Even though I live in the desert, the sand and sea is my happy place. I have several seashell vases as well. Love your addition of greenery. Visiting from Style Showcase.
Hi Victoria and thank you! I understand about the coast being a happy place. I don’t think I could ever live away from the water or a coast. I’m glad you have seashells to remind you of your happy place by the sea! Thanks so much for your visit and sweet note 🙂