Seashells are reminders of summer days at
the beach and that’s why we love to decorate with them. Even if
you don’t have your own personal collection of shells, a bag or
two of dollar store seashells will help to bring a beachy feel to
your home this summer.
Here’s how to decorate and entertain using dollar store
For an easy-to-make centerpiece, try this glassy idea:
• Medium-sized fishbowl vase
• White decorative sand
• Bag of dollar store sea shells
• Medium-weight floral wire
• Long wooden bead
A small flower pot, painted a bright colour,
stands in for a plastic bucket. Fill the bottom of a fish bowl
vase with white decorative sand. Fashion a handle for your bucket
with a length of medium-weight floral wire, add a wooden bead to
it and bend the ends into hooks to hang on the edge of the pot.
Fill your beach bucket with larger shells and sprinkle a few
smaller shells in the sand to create a mini reminder of childhood
days collecting the sea’s treasures on a beach vacation.
Nautical Napkin Rings
I never get tired of fashioning different kinds of napkin rings to
suit different occasions. To make nautical napkin rings for a
summer party, you will need:
• Package of decorative white or beige rope – Package of 15’
• Small murex-type shells (see below) – on hand or dollar
• Glue gun – on hand
• Wide tape – on hand
• Scissors – on hand
about eight inches of rope for each napkin ring. To prevent the
ends from unravelling, wrap wide clear tape around the place where
you want to cut. Cut the rope in the middle of the taped part so
you have two finished ends. Repeat along the length of the rope
until you have enough rope lengths for each napkin ring you want
glue one end of the rope inside the shell.
Repeat with the other end.
Bonus Tip: Dollar store bandanas make great
napkins, especially in this case, if you can find some with a
Shadowboxing With Shells
To make a trio of framed shells you will need:
- 3-5 ˝ x 3-inch frames with a 3-1/4-inch width
- 9 small shells, three of each kind
- sheet of blue scrapbook paper
- glue stick
- glue gun
Take the back of one of the frames off and
trace its size onto the back of the scrapbook paper three times.
Glue the cut scrapbook paper directly onto
the inside of the frame backing. I happened to have a
water-patterned scrapbook paper on hand, but any ocean blue paper
The glass in these frames is permanently attached, so be sure the
shells fit comfortably inside the frame with the back on before
you hot glue them to the backing.
You can choose three different shells of the same size or vary the
sizes from largest to smallest.
If you want to
make your display look like it belongs in a museum, print the
names of the different shells you used, cut each one to fit on the
outside of the frames and glue them to the top or bottom of each