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Sea to Shore Home Décor and Shell Collecting

Updated on November 30, 2015

The guide book Sea Shells of the World written by R. Tucker Abbott, PhD. and Illustrated by George and Marita Sandstrom has traveled with me since early childhood. It is part of a series of nature guide books printed at Golden Press New York. Though many pages are torn, bent or have turned yellow over time they still hold detailed descriptions and beautiful color illustrations. Identifying shells with this pocket guide is a breeze, and fun with over 562 species in its 160 pages that include; Balers, Figs, Sundials, Cowries, and Volutes just to name a few.

Try to identify the next shell you decide to pick up on a sandy beach or rocky shore. Find out what the creature inside it used to feed on, the type of water it thrived in, or how it got its name. Since they are not creatures normally seen because they live under water they are fun to collect and learn about. Have fun combing the beaches looking for unique shells and identifying them.

Shark-Eye Moon Snail (Polinices duplicatus Say, 1822)
Shark-Eye Moon Snail (Polinices duplicatus Say, 1822)

"Comfortable and compact,it sits curled up like a cat in the hollow of my hand. Milky and opaque, it has the pinkish bloom of the sky on a summer evening, ripening to rain."  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Pink Mouthed Murex  4" (Murex erythrostomus Swainson, 1831)
Pink Mouthed Murex 4" (Murex erythrostomus Swainson, 1831)

What Rolled Up on Shore?

These ball treasures were easily made using the tiniest of shells.  At least a hundred of them were hot glued onto three old baseballs for this project.  Why spend a lot of money on home décor balls when you can easily make them for next to nothing?  I used two glue sticks and shells I'd collected over the years.  If you are not a shell collector you can often find them at garage sales, Goodwill, or Salvation Army stores for just a few dollars.

Kingdom Animalia/ Phylum Echinodermata/ Class Echinoidea/ Sand Dollar
Kingdom Animalia/ Phylum Echinodermata/ Class Echinoidea/ Sand Dollar

White Oasis Beach Chair

This curvy white metal chair was at a garage tag sale for three dollars. I was drawn to its potential to be something more and decided to buy it. The seat of the chair became a miniature beach environment complete with sand, shells and sea grass. Hot glue was used to attach everything to the chair seat. A thank you card I had saved served as the photo used on the seat back of the chair. The card just needed a little trimming and it fit perfectly within the frame.

Lightening Whelk  4-6" (Busycon contrarium Conrad, 1840)
Lightening Whelk 4-6" (Busycon contrarium Conrad, 1840)
Tiger Cowrie (Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758)
Tiger Cowrie (Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758)

Vine Shell Wreath

This one of a kind shell wreath was easy to make because the shells were placed at random. A white washed 12" vine wreath made a perfect backdrop for the shells setting off their unique shapes, colors and sizes. The wide variety of shells on the wreath gives it a washed up on a sandy shore vibe. Each curve on this twisted vine wreath holds a surprise for the senses. Enjoy making your own with a bit of hot glue, a vine wreath and of course lots of shells.

Channeled Whelk  6" (Cannaliculatum Linne, 1758)
Channeled Whelk 6" (Cannaliculatum Linne, 1758)

"Channelled Whelk, I put you down again, but you have set my mind on a journey, up and inwardly winding staircase of thought."  Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      I totally agree FlourishAnyway! I can't wait to walk a beach again and look for a few new shells to add to my collection. Hopefully this summer:)

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      5 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful, one of the best parts of being at the beach.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      So glad you stopped by, I had fun putting this hub together. Nature is so amazing and exciting to photograph. Sounds like you have a shell hub in the making with your collection too. Look forward seeing your shell photographs.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I have that Tiger Cowrie and then some other shells and pebbles here. Maybe, I'll be using it as my profile photo this year on HP (LOL!). This is one of my hobbies (aside from photography), whenever I had a chance to walk by the beach.


    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Jo Frank I had a great time creating these shell projects.

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      Jo Frank 

      7 years ago

      Love your great ideas for recycling sea shells, the balls are fab.


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