Craft Ideas for Using Seashells

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Be sure you clean shells before using them.
Be sure you clean shells before using them. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether you've gathered some great seashells on vacation or you just love the nautical look, there are numerous crafts that can be made with shells. If you plan to use shells gathered from the seashore, be sure you clean them properly first. Soak shells in a solution of half water, half bleach and then scrub with an old toothbrush to remove excess algae or other materials on the shells.

Shell Bathroom Decor

Use shells in the bathroom to add a beach theme. Glue three beads in a triangle on the bottom of a large (4 to 5 inches) scallop shell, like a lion's paw scallop, to create a stand for the shell. Fill it with potpourri, soap or tea candles. Glue small seashells, like periwinkles or king's crown, to shower hangers. You can decorate a mirror frame by hot gluing a variety of shells all over the frame.

Shells remind folks of a great time at the beach.
Shells remind folks of a great time at the beach. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Seashell Jewelry

Seashell jewelry is fashionable and easy to make. Knot some waxed linen cord through a small hole in shells (size and type depends on your taste) and tie together to make a necklace. Dangle small shells like wentletrap from earring findings. Add a few beads if you want to add color. If you have a pretty sand dollar or mother-of-pearl, hang it as a pendant necklace.

Shell necklaces are always beach friendly.
Shell necklaces are always beach friendly. (Image: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Shell crafts for the Patio

Want to have a beach look on your deck, patio or around the pool? Shell crafts are perfect. String together several long strands of various shells with fishing line and attach to a wire ring to make a shell windchime. Clean out any type of large shell and fill with candle wax and a wick for a pretty nighttime candle glow. Add a string of white (or colored) Christmas lights to your patio, covered with scallop shells glued on with hot glue gun.

Fill a shell with candle wax and a wick to make a beautiful candle.
Fill a shell with candle wax and a wick to make a beautiful candle. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Seashells in the Dining Room

Bring a nautical look to your dining room by hot gluing a shell to cork stoppers for various decorative bottles. Put shells, starfish and other found objects in a large glass container for a beautiful display piece. For a pretty centerpiece fill a glass candle holder and candle with sand topped with seashells about a quarter way up the candle. Place a couple of these on a silver tray and sprinkle more shells on the tray.

Fill a glass container with seashells for a dramatic display.
Fill a glass container with seashells for a dramatic display. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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