DESIGNER WEEKENDS: SHELL ART COLLECTIONS!

When we participated in the Rehoboth Beach VIA Show House, our handmade shell art wall was a huge hit:

Shell Collection

Shell Collection

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Each card on the wall held a small collection of shells, along with the name of the guest who found them and the date.  We loved this idea as a way to preserve memories of friends and family visiting the beach.  RB Home Design is now selling our Shell Collection Art Kit, which will allow you to create your own art wall at home.  The Art Kit is $40, including fifty 2"x3.5" cards, twine, hat pins, a hole puncher, and everything else you need to get started.  Additional cards are sold in packs of twenty-five for $10.  All you need to add is the shells!  If you're interested in purchasing our Art Kit, please email us at regan@rbhomedesign.com.

We've also put together some our other favorite ideas for turning your shell collection into art.

Sand and Sisal

Sand and Sisal

Kim Wilson came up with a crafty way to organize and display the various types of shells in your collection.  She gives you step by step instructions for creating your own framed shells on her blog, Sand and Sisal.

Better Homes and Gardens Shell Niche

Better Homes and Gardens Shell Niche

If you've found shells big and small, a great idea for display is to create a shell niche or bookcase.  The image above, from Better Homes & Gardens, shows us how.  To display smaller shells and sand, we like the idea of using mason jars or glass boxes.  Larger shells can often stand on their own or be supported by an acrylic plate stand.

West Elm Glass Shadow Boxes

West Elm Glass Shadow Boxes

Display boxes from West Elm

mason jar

mason jar

Mason Jar from Ace Hardware

plate stand

plate stand

Acrylic Plate Stands from The Container Store

Sanibel Shadow Box

Sanibel Shadow Box

 Dorothy Reinhardt has come up with a terrific way to display shells collected from different regions.  She pasted shells she found on Sanibel Island to a nautical chart of the area, framing the display inside a shadowbox.  She tells you how she created the look on her blog, Dorothy Reinhardt Designs.

pottery barn

pottery barn

Shadow Boxes from Pottery Barn

Interior Designer Marian McEvoy at Home

Interior Designer Marian McEvoy at Home

We have always been in love with the shell themed decor of Marian McEvoy's home (photo courtesy of Profimedia).  As former editor of Elle Decor Magazine, her style is elegantly chic.  Maybe for the next show house we'll skip the note cards and go straight to gluing the shells to the walls, millwork, and ceiling?

Happy Shell Collecting,

RB.