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5 Things To Do With Sand And Seashells

Five simple DIY projects you can create with beach sand and seashells!

5 Things To Do With Sand And Seashells - 5 simple DIY projects you can create with beach sand and seashells.

How is your summer going thus far? It’s been super busy around here with camps, day trips and work. I’m enjoying every bit of this time with my family. The other day we had a family movie night, it was so nice to simply hang out and laugh together.

Those are the moments I cherish and will miss when they grow up. Here’s my oldest in action at her field hockey camp. Her team won the championship after a penalty shoot out!


Next month we’re planning a trip to the beach and I can’t wait. Have you been to the beach recently? Chances are that you will find special shells and maybe even some beach sand that the kids (or you!) are going to want to bring home.

I remember when my kids were toddlers they would fill up their sand buckets with all types of beach goodies. So what do you do with all those sandy souvenirs? Here are 5 ideas for preserving those seashell memories and beach sand.

Make Christmas Ornaments

Most hobby stores, as well as Amazon, have clear plastic or glass ball ornaments. These are perfect for preserving beach memories.

Bring home some beach sand and some little shells to make your own Christmas ornament. Just make sure you look for some small shells that will fit in the ornament.

Create Seashell Wind Chimes

You can create a simple wind chime using the seashells and some fishing wire. You will need a drill to make some holes in the shells then just string the fishing wire and attach them to a larger existing wind chime.

You can see a tutorial on how to make a seashell wind chime here.

Create A Sand Jar Candle

If you have sand from a beach that you want to save, layer it with some pretty shells inside a mason jar or decorative vase.

Then use a votive candle to create a candle holder. It’s super easy to make and it’s a great addition to any beach theme party or home decor.

Decorate A Picture Frame

Pick up a simple, cheap picture frame at a yard sale or thrift store and paint it a solid color. Then use glue to attach some sand around the edges the same way you would use glitter.

Add a few special shells to the edges and you have a custom designed beach frame to display your favorite beach picture.

Use As Yard Art

I know of one family who brought back seashells from so many beach trips that they were able to use them in their flower gardens. Every year they would add a few more shells to their special garden.

Over time some of the shells would break and create a more weathered looking path through the middle of the flowers.

They keep some of the larger shells as edging for the garden and use the crushed, broken pieces as a ground covering.

How do you display your beach sand and shells? What fun things have you done so far this summer? I’d love to hear!

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Nancy Morgan

Sunday 28th of June 2020

I've collected shells for 63 yrs. Thus, I accumulated many shells, different sizes/types, from different parts of US. I wasn't enjoying them packed away in boxes or jars. So, I created "shell garden" in our yard. I learned concept from friend who lives on SC coast. First, I appropriated plot and cleared space in our "hard-scape" garden. (Note: we use pea-gravel as filler v. mulch or pine needles. We don't grow flowers/shrubs but decorate with "fun" objects/themes.). First, I placed larger shells around perimeter of plot. Then placed medium-sized shells in gaps between them. Next, I placed smaller shells in those gaps, etc. I placed more shells in back of plot, in greater thickness than around sides and front. I left room to step into plot to scatter more shells in back. When I finished, shells looked like one finds them on the beach - random in size, type, color, etc. I can't wait to go back to beach to "shop" for more shells to put in my shell garden!

Sandra Cobain

Wednesday 18th of September 2019

i think sea shells would be nice decor peace of washroom as well .

Janis W. Parker

Saturday 10th of August 2019

I have made ornaments with sand and shells. Use plastic or glass ornaments. Fill with sand and a few shells. Add a tag—“Seas the Day”. Have fun. Janis


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

I have taken shells from each beach we visited, put them in jars, then added twine with tags on them stating beach name and year.


Sunday 20th of May 2018

I glued push pins on the back of 7-8” starfish and pushed the pin into the drywall of my bathroom. Such a great way to costalize my powder room.