Shell Decor Ideas

I have always loved seashells and going to the beach! They add such a light summery touch to rooms! But I also like displaying shells year round, to help remind me of summer and the good times I had at the beach. So I keep my eyes open for new ways to do that. I found some ideas at several different sites that I really liked–If you went on a beach vacation this summer and collected some shells, maybe you’ll see some ideas here that will work in your home!

Take a look at the many containers you can display shells in…


Above, from Pinterest, a large round basket

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Stoneware and pottery ideas from Stone Gable


Glass container ideas, like this fishbowl, from Coastal Living, with a candle nestled into some white sand, shells, and sea glass…

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Or a rimmed glass cake plate shown on Roses and Rust



Glass canisters of different shapes and sizes found on Pinterest


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Glass vases, simple or elegant from Pottery Barn and shown on Habitually Chic


Or crystal goblets and vases, for an elegant look, featured in House & Home


Simple vintage glass jars seen on Better Homes and Gardens always make great decorative containers…


As well as pretty bottles, from Country Living, filled with sand and shells from your vacation and labeled if you like, so you’ll remember what beach they’re from!


Here’s a very creative way to display shells–fill a bird bath and cover with glass for a striking side table, from Completely Coastal.


And a very practical way to use shells–as a soap dish! From Martha Stewart.


These shells glued to candle holders are really pretty, shown on homedit.


Other ways to use shells in decorating…I love this wreath featured on Coastal Style


And this shell garland from Better Homes and Gardens–the wreath and garland make great decorations year round as well as for Christmas!

That’s a pretty good start for some shell decor tips!

Are you a shell collector? How do you display shells in your home?


11 thoughts on “Shell Decor Ideas

  1. Red Hen

    Makes me smile to see how people use shells for decorating on their actual houses. I`ve seen chimneys and gate posts covered in shells.. They`re pretty indoors, but using them outside is a different ballgame.

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