How to Display Shells


A fun beach activity is gathering seashells for display in your home. Collecting and displaying seashells can be a fun family project for adults and children alike. Even if your home is not beach-themed, seashell displays can make an elegant natural design statement, especially when displayed in small groups rather than large clusters.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Soft brush
  • Towel
  • Clear vases
  • Display shelves
  • Decorative bowls
  • Plain picture frame
  • Glue
  • Wash all your seashells in warm water with mild soap. Use a soft brush to scrub away dirt and sand from inside and outside the shells. Spread the shells onto a towel and allow them to dry for 24 hours.

  • Place smaller shells inside a decorative bowl for display on a shelf or table. A bowl filled with small shells is a great bathroom accessory to place on a vanity. Use a clear bowl so that the shells will be most visible.

  • Fill clear vases with smaller shells. Place the vases on tables, shelves or wherever else you want to showcase your shells. Don't crowd the display area with other decorative objects. On a shelf, just one seashell display often works best.

  • Place large shells as accent pieces on bookshelves, wall shelves or side tables. Do not use more than three or five larger shells together. An intricately detailed large shell can make a strong design statement when displayed alone.

  • Use larger open shells as desk accessories or containers for loose objects. Turn the shell upside down, and place objects inside the shell, such as rings, paper clips, change, earrings or other small accessories.

  • Glue small shells to a plain picture frame. CA (cyanoacrylate or woodworking) glue works best, but even regular white glue will hold shells to the wood. Place a cluster of shells in one corner of the frame, or create border of similar-looking shells around the frame.

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