I know this is more suited for a summer post instead of the middle of November. But I’ve also had this idea for a while. And if I don’t do a post on this before Thanksgiving, it’ll be on my mind until after Christmas. Because I will not have any time to do such a post after next week. Of course, we all should know that a seashell is a hard, protective, outer layer created by an invertebrate sea creature. It’s usually the part of the animal (like its exoskeleton) unless it’s a hermit crab that lives in the most appropriate shell it can find at the moment. Empty seashells are often found on beaches by beachcombers and they’re usually such because the animal has died while the soft parts have been either eaten by another animal or rotted out. Most of the seashells you see on the seashore are those of marine mollusks partly because these shells endure better than others. But other shells found on beaches can be those of barnacles, horseshoe crabs, and brachiopods. Yet, freshwater shells do exist as well as those of freshwater mussels and snails along with land snails. Though such shells aren’t usually very large compared to their ocean counterparts. Anyway, people have used seashells for many different purposes since prehistoric times. Some people have used seashells for money as well as tools, fertilizer, ritual objects, musical instruments, jewelry, and decoration. You can also find seashells on sale at a store. However, just take note the majority of seashells that are offered for commercial sale have often been collected alive in bulk before being killed and cleaned. Such large-scale exploitation can have a strong negative impact on local ecosystems and may significantly reduce the distribution of a rare species. Anyway, in this post, I intend to give you treasure trove of seashell crafts for your reading pleasure. Hope you enjoy these.
- This net tapestry is filled with ocean richness.
Well, the shells seem to be of all kinds of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Not sure if any of those are painted.
2. Seashells make a nice touch to this nautical wreath.
Well, most of these will be ocean themed. So you might as well get used to the nautical lore.
3. It takes many different shells to make a fishy wall hanging.
Well, you have scallops, mussels, a starfish and sand dollars. But yes, it still looks quite fishy to me. And that’s fine.
4. A seaside mirror should be decked with the right seashells.
Now I’m sure the seashells involved here were from multiple beach excursions. Still, looks quite stunning if you ask me.
5. This shell cross is a sacred seaside relic.
Doesn’t hurt that the shells all match in color. Hope this isn’t due to bleaching. But it’s lovely just the same.
6. Never thought you can find seashells in gold, didn’t you?
Never underestimate the magic of spray paint. Of course, some of these only have a partial coating.
7. With a basket of small shells, you can make intricate patterns.
Wonder how many animals had to die to make this possible. Still, it’s a wonderful pattern for any home.
8. You’ll never know what you might find in an oyster.
Okay, you don’t find that many pearls in an oyster. But you have to admit, this is pretty amazing.
9. For a better mirror frame, it’s usually shiny shell side up for some.
Like how they used the smaller shells for an inner frame. Gives it a rather seashore touch. Love it.
10. You’ll never know how many shells you can find in a net.
Well, this is a longer net than the last one I showed. But it’s nonetheless fitting for an ocean scene.
11. With a birdbath and a glass top, you can have a seashell table top.
Would make a fine addition to any beach house living room. You can also add other stuff in there, too.
12. No beach side cabin should ever do without a seashell wreath.
Now that’s a good way to use shells one’s found on the beach. Like the starfish.
13. This sacred shell cross uses shells both big and small.
Well, this one uses small snail shells as well as larger ones. Think this cross design is better than the last one I showed.
14. An assortment of seashells makes a great vase decoration.
Yes, I know it’s just a shell decoration. But it certainly gives a seaside flair if you think about it.
15. A boat wreath is never complete without shells and nets.
Well, you can bet it’s an ocean wreath when there are seashells on it. If not, then it might as well be a lake one.
16. With this seashell tiara, you can become queen of the sea.
However, since it contains chicken wire, I’m not sure if it would be very comfortable. Might go well with a mermaid costume though.
17. A conch arrangement often makes a splendid seashell bouquet.
Helps if it has purple gorgonian, too. Yes, atypical shells do exist, too.
18. With tiny shells, you can make a dangling shell curtain.
Because shells come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Have to admire the time and energy it took to make this.
19. A mermaid queen would kill to have this seashell tiara.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find appropriate seashell crafts on Pinterest for a seashell bra. Because I know the shells involved are fake.
20. Sometimes a mirror frame just requires the right scallops.
Love the shiny shells on this one. Gives this mirror a certain beach side elegance.
21. You have never seen anything as amazing like these mussel trees.
Love how each of them is trimmed with pearls at the ends. Also, the blue color enchants as well.
22. This seashell wreath only offers a small sampling of what’s on the seashore.
Or the kind of ocean life that’s under threat due to global warming. Yes, ocean acidification is a very real thing.
23. I’m sure nobody could ever resist these seashell puppies.
Yes, I put these in because I know how much people would find them adorable. What’s not to love about them?
24. A blue shell wreath really brings out a beach side touch.
You have to admire the starfish and the bow. Makes it perfect for any beach side cottage.
25. With enough shiny shells, you can make a mirror frame like this.
Well, it certainly looks like something you’ll find in a mermaid home under the sea. Love how intricate it is to behold.
26. Set some things on these coral shelves.
Well, they’re held up by corals which sometimes wash to the shore. Yet, each gives a nice ocean touch.
27. Store some precious belongings in this small seashell box.
Well, certainly seems like a box one might find on the seashore. Yet, it’s better suited as a decorative item on land.
28. A seashell tiara like this makes a perfect ocean crown.
Okay, it’s more of a crown than a tiara. But come on, any mermaid princess would want one like this.
29. With a basket of seashells, this mirror frame will surely stand out.
Guess this mirror took a lot of time to make from the looks of it. Yet, it seems perfect for any beach side living room or bedroom.
30. A lighthouse scene can always do with a few seashells on the bottom.
After all, lighthouses appear on the shores in order to serve as a beacon of hope for lost sailors. So it kind of fits to some extent.
31. This shell clock can always tell when it’s high tide.
Okay, maybe not. But you have to admire how it’s decorated with starfish and sand dollars.
32. For Christmas on the beach, this star fish topper is perfect for any tree.
So I feature some Christmas decorations on here. Hey, it’s not like I’ll use ones like these in the next Christmas crafts post any time soon.
33. With a scallop and different sized clams, you can create a wind chime.
I’m sure it’ll sound quite different than ones made from metal and glass. Still a thing of beauty though.
34. Of course, some shell mirror frames can be occasionally dark in small places.
This seems like the kind of mirror Ursula would own. Well, if she wasn’t more into a simple design in her lair.
35. Seashells go well with any lighthouse mosaic.
Again, lighthouses are a common motif here. Still, they may often not be decked with shells, you have to hand it to the person who created this.
36. Seashells can always make a twig wreath look sensational.
Well, if it weren’t for the shells, it would just be a wreath of twigs. The shells give this one a lot of color and charm.
37. Sometimes dirty shells can make a more natural mirror frame.
Yes, I know I show a lot of unique mirror frames on this post. And I know many of these aren’t very practical. But they’re worth seeing I guarantee you.
38. If you hail from Australia, these seashell koalas will warm your heart.
Who knew you could make koalas out of clam shells. These are adorable. Comes with eucalyptus tree.
39. These seashell owls are a real hoot.
I guess seashell owls would be easier to make than a lot of seashell animals. But these are truly stunning to look at.
40. With seashells, you can make sensational dresses for dolls like these.
Of course, you shouldn’t touch them for obvious reasons. Love the one in the purple dress the best.
41. A seashell wreath can always do with a few flowers.
Okay, the flowers might be fake. But it seems like great decoration for any beach side wedding or home.
42. With enough shells of white, you can make your own seahorse.
This one even has a bridle to boot. Note that most seahorses aren’t really horses. They’re fish.
43. These black seashell flowers are must to any sea side bouquet.
Well, they have mussel shell petals and a snail center. And yes, they look quite lovely with fake stems and leaves.
44. These shells shown are laid out with a touch of silver.
Again, this was made possible by the magic of spray paint. But none of these have a total coat for understandable reasons.
45. A coral candelabra is perfect for a romantic dinner on the beach.
Okay, it’s not totally made from coral since there are shells on the base. But it certainly looks delicate enough to be from under the sea.
46. No beach beauty should ever go without pearl and mussel shell earrings.
Okay, those seem quite big for my ears. Yet, if you have strong skin, go for it.
47. A sailboat wreath can always use a few seashells.
After all, it’s usually the ocean where you see most of these boats anyway. Love how the ribbon matches the sail.
48. These seashell flowers are almost as stunning as the real thing.
Yes, this is a seashell flower arrangement. Yes, it probably took a lot of time and energy to make. But it’s surely a thing of beauty.
49. Sometimes as seashell box has a rough top to it.
Yes, it’s another seashell box. But these things can be quite fancy if you see enough of them.
50. A sea beauty must always be decked in the finest seashells.
This is actually a kind of sculpture people seem to create with shells. I’m not sure why. But it’s kind of a thing.
51. For that old porcelain look, you may paint these shells blue and white.
Yes, they certainly do have that look to them. But I’m sure some of my readers will enjoy them.
52. For any seaside bride, a seashell bouquet is a must.
Sure it might be a delicate arrangement. But I’m not sure how you can toss it and not break anything on it. Seashells aren’t made of sturdy stuff.
53. For the yuletide festivities at the beach, this shell Christmas tree will do.
And it surely has to be topped with a starfish, too. Honestly, I’ll probably not include this with Christmas crafts this year anyway.
54. A seashell wreath should be made to carry on an impression.
Seems like it’s touched with some seaweed or something that resembles it. Of course, in the sea, there are a lot of animals that look like plants.
55. A white shell mirror frame always has a classy look.
Again, I know I’ve shown a lot of mirror frames on here. But I assure you this white one does have a pearly finish to it. Lovely.
56. This seashell flower picture is a colorful sight at the shore.
Yes, seashell flower pictures are a thing as I’ve seen at Pinterest. Yet, I love this one the best.
57. With seashells, you can really create an impressive work of art.
This is another one of those figures they decorate with seashell. But this one seems to take shell adornments to a whole new level.
58. A seashell table can always use some sand.
Of course, sand can get quite messy as well as everywhere. But if you really like the beach, I won’t advise against it.
59. For this flower, it all takes a twig and some seashells.
Such shell art never ceases to amaze me. You also have to admire the petals and leaves, too.
60. Sometimes it takes a lot of seashells to make one large scallop.
I guess this was done by an artist who had too much time on their hands. At any rate, this is incredible.
61. This seashell wreath looks great on any front door.
This includes shells of all shapes, sizes, and colors along with twigs and starfish. Beautiful.
62. For those who love Christmas at the beach, you might want to go with these starfish trees.
For some reason, starfish trees like these don’t remind me of Christmas. Mostly because I tend to picture snow when there isn’t in my area.
63. With cone shells, you can create a 6-pointed star.
Well, it certainly resembles one. But the shells really blend into the background, don’t you think?
64. This shell bird is simply irresistible.
Like how they used part of a shell for its beak. So cute. Said to be a pelican.
65. This seashell wreath has all the starfish you can ask for.
Well, it’s a lighter shell wreath with some unconventional seashells. But it’s nevertheless unique.
66. Seems like this doll is all shelled out.
Her dress is made from purple mussels. Not sure about the bonnet. But even her hair is made from seashells.
67. Gold and silver shells this mirror surely make.
Made possible by the magic of spray paint. Seems like something you’d find at an ocean resort.
68. This shell cross is decked with yellow flowers.
I mean a shell yellow flower, anyway. Sure it’s rather simple but elegant, too.
69. Hope this shell clock can help you tell the time.
Yes, it’s another seashell clock. But this one is pink and in mosaic form.
70. These Christmas shell trees will bring good cheer over the holidays.
Yes, I know another seashell Christmas tree. But this one is quite fancy as you can see.
71. Large scallops always make a great shell wreath.
This one has the swirly shells with the scallops and starfish. Quite delicate but nonetheless lovely.
72. Perhaps you might want to drop off your conch and stay awhile.
Well, it’s a bucket full of shells as you can see. I’m sure this is only used for decoration.
73. These seashell candles seem to come alight at once.
I think these are lit with a wick. The seashells are in a glass jars. Not sure if I call that fire safe though.
74. With shiny shells, you can make a mirror resemble a snowflake.
Maybe not. But this certainly uses a lot of shells with the shiny side up.
75. You’ll be tickled pink by these seashell flowers.
Yes, these are pink shell flowers. Certainly look pretty and almost real, don’t they?
76. Seashells are always great for an under the sea wreath.
This one even has some seaweed and a seahorse. Almost makes you think you’re in the ocean.
77. You can stand up your shells in almost anything.
You can uses bottles and candle sticks for these. Depends on the seashell in question.
78. Shiny shells make shiny mirror frames.
Made possible by the magic of spray paint as far as I’m concerned.
Still, love how it sparkles.
79. Nautilus shells make great corners in this mirror frame.
Of course, a nautilus is a marine creature with a snail shell and tentacles. Their shells are quite large as you can see.
80. A shell arrangement like this will surely melt your heart.
After all, it’s in a heart configuration. Includes flowers, starfish, and coral. Lovely.
81. This mussel mirror is all decked in purple splendor.
Well, this must use a lot of mussels if you ask me. Love the black and purple color on this though.
82. Shells always make great decor for this chair planter.
Yes. these chair planters do exist as you can see in one of my garden posts. But the shells make it all the more fancy.
83. A decorated shell box must always have legs to stand on.
And this one certainly does. Also has some starfish decoration to boot.
84. You can always adorn yourself with some small conch earrings.
Yes, seashells can be that small. I mean mollusks come in all shapes and sizes. Do the math.
85. This seashell shelf is perfect for any seaside home.
Yes, this another seashell shelf. But this one includes actual shells as decoration.
86. With nets and shells, this sea wreath is good to go.
Well, I have to admire the artistic detail on this one. Love how they make it seem like it’s coming from a boat.
87. This shell lamp shade is always illuminating.
Well, this really has a unique glow to it. Love this. Wouldn’t mind owning this one.
88. This shell queen surely looks like a goddess.
She can almost be a sea nymph herself with how she dresses. Love the outfit.
89. A beach side home always needs a seashell mailbox.
Doesn’t hurt if it includes a dolphin either. Now this looks quite seaside, doesn’t it?
90. A seashell bouquet can always use some color.
Indeed seashell bouquets like this one may look pretty. But you wouldn’t want to toss them at a wedding.
91. You can always wear small seashells in your hair.
As long as they are small enough to stick to bobby pins. Still, wouldn’t mind having these.
92. There’s nothing more resplendent than a seashell mirror like this.
Yes, I’ve put a lot of these on this post. But this one really takes the cake with the large whorled shells. Lovely.
93. Bet you’ve never seen a scallop wreath like this one before.
I know this isn’t the first scallop wreath on this post. But I assure you that this one is in a different style as you can see.
94. These seashell candle sticks are great for any romantic evening on the beach.
Make sure you’re away from the tide and it’s not windy. Because it won’t turn out well.
95. A shell bouquet always looks colorful in a scallop.
And it surely looks like a real bouquet to me. Yes, these flowers are made from shells.
96. Pretty shell flowers always make a pretty picture.
Doesn’t hurt if includes a lot of purple, too. Man, this is so beautiful. Lovely.
97. With this purple shell mosaic, the white flower is in the center.
Well, it’s a wonderful arrangement in purple and white. Yet, I’m not sure how much of it has paint on it.
98. Try planting your flowers in this fancy shell pot.
Yes, this pot is decorated with fine white shells. Still, you can’t help but love this one.
99. This doll is simply sensational in her seashell dress.
Not sure if there’s one available in people size. But you have to admire the detail.
100. Bet you never saw a seaside chess table like this before.
Even if it’s not a chess table, it’s still pretty amazing. Love the decor on this.