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39 Unique Sea Glass and Seashell Craft Ideas

Updated on October 27, 2016
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Whether you write them as seashells or sea shells, either way they are a treasure to find. I don't live near the ocean, but I have a sister that has given me lots of seashells. That was the reason I started searching the internet for sea shell and sea glass crafts. I think I've found a few that I'll want to make for myself and a few that I'll plan on giving as gifts.

For directions to make the pretty sea glass candle holder shown above, go to A Sign of the Times.

1. Seashell Decorator Balls


These seashell encrusted balls are the perfect accent for your decorating needs. To find the directions, go to Crafts 'n Coffee.

2. Sea Glass Mosaic Tabletop

Whether you purchase the sea glass or you gather it from the beach, this is a beautiful project for using the sea glass. You'll find the instructions for making this gorgeous tabletop at instructables.

3. Sea Glass and Driftwood Art

It would be so easy to find an appropriate place to hang beautiful art like this sea glass and driftwood project. You'll find the instructions on how to make this art at the space between.

4. Seashell Wreath

This is a beautiful seashell wreath that would make a great addition to your home. It would also make a much appreciated gift. If you want to make this seashell wreath, go to My Romantic Home for the directions.

5. Sea Glass Garden Ornament

So simple, yet so very pretty. hometalk shares the instructions with us.

6. Seashell Angels

Beautiful little angel ornaments that are easily made and fun to display. Go to HubPages for the directions.

7. How to Make a Magnolia Flower Using Sea Shells

8. Windchimes

The different shaped and sized seashells will make these windchimes play different sounds. You can find the directions for making these windchimes at Family Education .

9. Seashell Candle Glass

This is really a neat looking craft project that would be easy enough for the kids to make, but really elegant enough to display. The easy to follow directions can be found at

10. Seashell Cross

This would be a great project for a Sunday school class, you know the kids would enjoy making these crosses. Go to Christian Games and Crafts for the directions.

11. Golden Shell Angels

Another shell angel project, but this is enough different that I wanted to add them here. Go to Crafty College to see how they are made.

12. Oyster Shell Dish

What a beautiful way to use an oyster shell. Martha Stewart shares her instructions for making the dish. Impressive!!

13. Koala Bears

These cute little koala bears made from seashells are a perfect gift for the bear collector. To make one of these seashell bears, go go Martha Stewart for the directions.

14. Seashell Mirror

If you have many and a variety of seashells, you may want to make a beautiful mirror like this. The instructions are found at Kuch Khaas Hai.

15. Seashell Pendant

Help your little ones make one of these unique pendants to give as a gift. Go to LOCAL FUN for KIDS for the instructions.

16. Sea Glass Wreath

Make this outstanding sea glass wreath to hang in your seaside themed rooms. You can find all the information that you need to make one like it at the simple daisy site.

17. Mosaic Candle Holders

Three inch cubes of styrofoam at the base for these delightful sea glass mosaic candle holders. See what else you'll need and the directions at Crafts ‘n Coffee.

18. Shell Picture Frame

Choose this project to display your collected sea shells. This very pretty frame and it's directions can be found at Forever...Wherever!!!

19. Crushed Sea Shell Frame and Candle

What a great idea for using the cracked and chipped sea shells that you just hate to throw away. This great solution comes to you, with the instructions for making the frame and candle, a pumpkin & a princess. Beautiful!!

20. Napkin Holders


This is another project that is easy enough for the kids to make, but you'll love using these beautiful napkin holders also. Go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASONS for the directions.

21. Sea Glass Wind Chimes

I really had to search to find a sea glass wind chimes project that included instructions. I'm happy to say that Crafts Unleashed has instructions included.

22. Sea Shell Candles

A beautiful arrangement of sea shell candles that will be appropriate for any beach or seaside themed room or party. Go to Hatteras Island Vacations for the directions.

23. Metallic Shell Candleholders

You too can make a beautiful metallic shell candle holder centerpiece like the one shown by going to the Martha Stewart site for directions.

24. Sea Glass Pendants

Pendant jewelry is just one of the many ways to use the precious sea glass pieces. You'll find the directions for making these pendants at CAN’T STOP MAKING THINGS.

25. Mosaic Tray

Go to SAND & SISAL and find the directions for making this beautiful sea glass mosaic tray from a recycled tray. Outstanding!!

26. Sea Glass Circle

I can imagine this sea glass circle hanging in a window giving off a stained glass look. Marvelously Messy gives easy to understand instructions.

27. Beach Wrapped Candles

Whether indoors or out, it is so satisfying to have a nice simple arrangement to finish a table setting. These beach themed candles with the sea shell and twine wrapping, are the perfect solution. Go to mom it forward for the tutorial for this project.

28. Sea Shell Stoppers

Wouldn't glass bottles topped with these sea shell stoppers look beautiful on an end table or mantle? Find out how to make them by going to the SAND & SISAL site.

29. Sea Shell Magnets

These sea shell magnets are really cute and would make a nice gift to give at any time of year. Also, I think this idea could be used to make a necklace. The tutorial for making these sea shell magnets can be found at Art Platter.

30. Sea Glass Christmas Ornaments

Although I'm sure these ornaments will look great hanging on the tree, I think I'd want to make them so I could display them in a glass bowl or a basket all year round. Find the directions at the HGTV site.

31. Photo on Sea Glass

This site, art in red wagons explains with images, how to transfer photo images on sea glass. Anyone who makes sea glass jewelry will probably enjoy trying this method.

32. How to Wire Wrap Sea Glass

33. Sea Glass Bracelet

This is such a simple, but elegant bracelet. I absolutely love these bracelets and since I have some sea glass on hand, I'll have to make a couple of these for myself or to give as gifts. Find the tutorial for this project at the sweetest occasion.

34. Sea Shell Fish Magnets

The kids will really enjoy making these fish magnets to give as gifts. Perfect for Mother's day or for mom's birthday. Find the instructions for this project at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

35. Sea Glass Planter

This is a perfect activity for the kids, with instructions from Crayola. A beautiful gift idea and one that the kids can make for their teacher or parent.

36. Sea Shell Rose

Depending on the size of the finished rose, it would make a beautiful brooch or topping for a jewelry box. Find the instructions for making this rose at thrifyfun.

37. Sea Shell Shadowbox

This looks a lot more difficult than the directions indicate. You'll find those directions at IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS. Love this project!

38. Sea Shell Chargers

It's so easy to make Pottery Barn knockoff-shell chargers by following the instructions given on the Between NAPS ON THE PORCH site. A beautiful addition to any table setting or centerpiece.

39. Seashell Window Well Covering

When looking for ideas about how to make the window well covering more attractive, check out this tutorial brought to us by Passionate About Crafting. Imagine other projects that can be made using this method.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Seashells Are One Of Nature's Gifts - would you craft with them?

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      Robin Carretti 5 weeks ago from Hightstown

      Wow, just some crafty hands with a little ingenuity you could make amazing things these pictures are breathtaking. How they blow me away but please don't blow the masterpiece away I can stay with it forever what work

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      Reshel 3 years ago from Sierra Nevada ~ Reno

      Oh so many ways to display seashells, love this lens. Well done!!! Will reference this throughout the summer with my grandchildren. I have a very large tub of seashells and make wind chimes, but now I'll expand and do more with them. Thank you for a great lens.

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      Lovely -both the crafts and the lens! I'm going to make little sailboats with my grandkids, it's such an easy and cute idea.

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Such a fine collection of pretty pictures; a real idea place. What I would like to do is get a fancy fishnet and put some seashells and some spherical floats in it, and drape it on the bathroom mirror. Of course, it would be a nightmare to dust!

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Wow, these offer some great ideas. My daughter has collected boxes of shells from the beach near our house.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      I've been trying to think of something to do with all my extra sea shells and glass from my beach trips. Now I know!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I love sea shells and these are some lovely sea shell craft ideas.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You have some nifty ideas here. I also have a page on decorating with seashells. They are so pretty.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You have some nifty ideas here. I also have a page on decorating with seashells. They are so pretty.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This is a beautiful lens. I have been collecting seashells as long as I can remember. You have inspired me -- I may have to make a lens about my seashells...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have crafted with seashells, but what I've done is pretty basic compared to some of the ideas you found. Good ideas!

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      getupandgrow 4 years ago

      I love all your ideas, but especially the thought of putting tealights in seashells. So simple and something I'll definitely try with our (very large) shell collection. Many thanks!

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      I DO live next to the beach, and I can't wait to try out some of these. Thanks!

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      WBJanitorial LM 5 years ago

      My youngest is creative. I'm always looking for things like this to do together. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas for shell crafts

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      Squidtastic! I love the napkin rings, they are so delicate, and the seashell angels are divine:) thank you for sharing this fab ideas for seashell crafting!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas for seashell crafts. I especially like the seashell candles.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yeah, I remember making Seashell Arts & Crafts in Elementary School; Sometimes I Really miss those Fun Days!!!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love the wreath and napkin rings - I live at the beach so this might be a fun summer project with the grandkids! :>)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      unbelievable.. these are amazing! thanks for sharing.

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      TennesseeWoodShop 5 years ago

      neat idea on the koalas

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a pretty article, and dang it ... I miss the beach now! *blessed!*

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Wonderful, just wonderful! I love sea shells, made the Shell Angel Ornament, mine were really detailed. Sold them and gifted them. Think I still have the supplies! I know I have enough to make a few of these projects! Thanks so much for sharing this information, a joy! and of course, Blessed!

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      andreablogger 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. You just gave me an idea for my wedding.

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      andreablogger 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. You just gave me an idea for my wedding.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens for seashells lovers and anyone passionate about art crafts.A real pleasure to read it and see all those nice photos posted here. :)Thumbs up to you & thanks for sharing!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Oh boy this is a lens I have to come back to! I have a bag full of shells that I collected during my December vacation in Florida...I made some Xmas ornaments and now see many ideas to empty my bag of shells...thanks for sharing! a ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~ on this lens

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      IngridA1 5 years ago

      I love your lens! Being from around a beach area I've got tons of shells that I don't know what to do with. You've inspired me to get my glue gun out and create something pretty!!