Being on the beach brings out the kid in all of us — vacation mode makes climbing rocks, playing in waves, and collecting shells perfectly rational work for the day. But now it’s a month later and you’ve got a bag full of shells and no clue what to do with them. Fear not: we’ve found five creative ideas for how to use your shells from the beach at home.

Even if you wouldn’t describe your decor scheme as “beachy” or “nautical”, you can still use a shell in your home in unexpected ways.

Scroll down for five simple shell solutions, and keep those playful beach vibes going all year long.

photo by jenn rose smith

Shell Place Card Holder

photo by jenn rose smith

Shell Incense Burner or Palo Santo Ashtray

photo by jenn rose smith

Shell Salt Sellar

photo by jenn rose smith

Shells as Baking Dishes

photo by ashleigh amoroso

DIY Shell Table Runner

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  1. 1
    happy July 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I love your website, but we shouldn’t take home shells from the beach! “Take NOTHING but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!”

  2. 2
    Denise Vennet July 6, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Love your ideas,even though I’m not a sea person (sea level affects my already very low blood pressure), I LOVE everything beachy,and I try to bring the beach to my home, thanks! ?

  3. 3
    Maci July 9, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Most beautiful pictures I have seen in a long time! Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to go the sea!