- Home Decorating
Decorate your home with found objects from the beach
Using objects found on the beach as home décor
I have several décor items in my apartment that are created from oddments found on the beach. They add a touch of summer to any home, all year round, and are a permanent reminder of sunny, lazy days.
Every item we have has been hand-picked and has its own memory. Some people are very clever with crafts and use found objects from the beach in remarkably clever ways.
I'm not smart enough to do that but we still have some lovely displays that take only a few seconds to put together and can be changed as often as I want.We use pebbles, seashells, driftwood and coral, combining them with candles, glasses, flowers and other containers to make one-of-a-kind decor items.
What's more, these keepsakes have cost us nothing at all. I change them regularly - using the same materials - and we have a regularly-changing series of attractive home accessories that bring the beach right into our home. Every single shell, every single pebble, is completely unique.
Whenever we are at the beach, there's always something new to pick up to add to our collection. We live near the beach so it's easy for us - but if you only go to the seashore once a year, keep your eyes open for beautiful natural objects to enhance your decor.
This item is a branch from the very top of a beach palm. It has a fabulous shape and there are small, circular buds among the spikes. It looks great as it is simply placed in a container on the floor. Sometimes I switch out this vase - which I like because the circles echo the shape of the round buds - with another. A tall orange one I have looks great and brings out the color of the abstract painting on the wall. As the light changes, it casts wonderful shadows on the plain white wall.
I have a lovely dark wood rectangular bowl holding pebbles. It's placed in front of a mirror to get double the effect. Each pebble is completely individual. I change the look of this from time to time ... see below.
Pebbles galleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
This is the dish we use for the pebbles. It's actually a serving dish that I bought simply because I love the look of it as a decor item. It's too lovely to only be used as a serving dish so we keep it on display all the time holding our pebbles and coral collection.
We use pieces of driftwood as trays to display other beach finds. Sometimes pebbles, sometimes shells, in this case pieces of coral. See more below.
Driftwood and coralClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sand and shells
This takes three minutes to make and is lovely anywhere in the home or as a small centerpiece for the dining table. Just almost fill a glass with sand from the beach, bury a tea candle in the middle and add a few seashells. Once the candle is lit, the shells glow beautifully.
Candle centerpiece galleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
This works outdoors as well as in the home and is lovely as a centerpiece on your table if you're dining outside on a summer evening. I use a circular glass container that is about six inches diameter. Inside that, I place a thin jar that I'd saved. It's just a little shorter than the container and I think it once held sea salt - appropriately. A herb jar is ideal. Put a regular household candle inside the jar. Fill the cavity with shells and light the candle. See below.
Vase and jarClick thumbnail to view full-size
The shell as a bud holder
A find like this conch, can be used as a bud vase. You need a slim glass or plastic container that will fit inside the shell - something like a small test tube. I use a bottle that once contained essential oil. (I'm a bottle hoarder!)
Simple shells in glass
Shells can be simply displayed in glass and look terrific. This is a rectangular vase and every one of the four sides looks different. It look lovely displayed on a window ledge because it gets a different look depending on the light that's shining onto it.
I love to decorate using found objects and to recycle things that I have around the home. It's fun to use them in different ways and you can change the look of your rooms quickly and easily. This book is by Matthew Mead who is the acknowledged master of this craft.
These have so many fantastic uses - not just for holding flowers. There is an amazing selection to choose from that can be easily bought online.
Buy yours online
We love to have seashore items that we've personally collected. But if you're not able to, you can still decorate your rooms with these items. They are available online at low prices.