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At the shore this Memorial Day? It’s a relaxing way to spend the holiday, but it’s also a good opportunity to stock up on free craft materials, like seashells. Yes, seashells! Turn your shell collection into one of the attractive crafts below. (If you’re landlocked, try “collecting” shells at your local craft supply store instead.)

The beach offers a bounty of craft inspiration. See how to make these seashell frames on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Vacation photos shouldn’t be relegated to Facebook. Go low-tech and display your snaps in a seashell-embellished frame. Get our how-to instructions here.

See how to make a seashell mirror and other cute crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Here’s one way to reflect the shore’s natural beauty at home — a mirror decked out in seashells. (It’s the perfect accent for a beach house hallway.) See more DIY details here.

Get a better look at this seashell garland and other cute crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Photo: Braedon Flynn

This seashell garland sets a breezy tone, no? What a festive accent for a pergola! Get more beautiful ideas for beach weddings from the post at Inspired by This.

See how to make a seashell bouquet and other cute crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Photo: Bob Care Photography

Floral bouquets are traditional for weddings, but beachy couples may want to consider an alternative. This seashell bouquet I spotted on Floridian Weddings is so pretty and venue-appropriate. (Wanna make something similar? Here’s a how-to from a bride.)

Learn more about this seashell planter and other cute shell crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

I may have trouble keeping houseplants alive, but I sure do love finding new, unusual vessels for them in my Designer MacGyver research. Did you know that you can use seashells to house small succulents like hens and chicks? Take a look at this thread from OBX Connection for inspiration.

Which seashell craft are you shore sure to make at home? And do you have any craft material suggestions for me to tackle in this column? Leave them in the comments below!

5 Responses

  1. RSS says:

    I've done picture frames and little decorative boxes with shells before. I love the way they look.

  2. tami says:

    the seashell bouguets wao! is so pretty, and the picture frame with seashell to .

  3. [...] this Victorian-inspired jewelry box from Amy Azzarito’s book, Past & Present. (Loving the use of seashells here!) Photo: Ki Naussauer for [...]

  4. J @ julsofparadise says:

    So many great ideas! Im going to Sanibel Island tomorrow to hunt the beaches for seashells, then off to put more creations on http://www.julsofparadise.etsy.com

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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