DIY Seashell Jewelry Dish

This DIY seashell jewelry dish is the perfect home decor craft for the shell collectors. Learn how to add coastal decorating for a stylish home.

I’m a shell collector, something I’ve been doing since I was a little girl. There is something fascinating to me about how some shells make it to shore in perfect shape and others get beaten and broken.

Handmade Seashell Jewelry Dish sitting on a counter

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Coastal Home Decorating Tips

There is a fine line between creating a beautifully styled home with your decor rather than taking on a themed retail store look. Decorating with seashells can quickly spiral into a themed look if you aren’t careful.

DIY Seashell Jewelry Dish with Faux Driftwood effect

If a coastal decorated home is your style, think of using shells in small doses. Use the color of seashells as inspiration for your room, as I did here in Ray’s relaxing home office makeover. He loves to fish the coastal marsh so I gathered inspiration from the natural colors found on the banks of Charleston, South Carolina.

Oyster shell Charleston marsh Coastal office design inspiration

Color and texture are where you should start. I took the above photo of the oyster shell so I could pull colors from the shell and the surrounding marsh. We used Sherwin Williams Coastal Plain (perfect name too) in Ray’s office makeover after using this photo for inspiration.

Colors that create a sophisticated coastal decor style would the creams, tans and gold from the shell. Even light pinks and charcoal can be seen and used to give your coastal design style a modern look.

How to make DIY Seashell Jewelry Dish

All you need are shells, a piece of wood, and paint.

Seashell Jewelry Dish Craft with faux driftwood

I usually have scrap wood around so I found a 1 x 4 piece of pine and cut it to the length I needed. I think it’s about 8 inches. Next I used my Chalky finish paint to give it a faux driftwood look. I started with the color relic, a really dark gray. After it had dried I used the dry brush technique on it with two lighter colors primitive and lace. One is a creamy gray, the other a creamy white.

Dry brush is an easy paint technique you can to do on small craft projects to large furniture makeovers . I used it here on my grain sack inspired bench makeover as well.

Seashell Jewelry Craft

After all of the paint was dry I used hot glue to add the shells I had chosen. I made sure to pick shells that had a deep center. I wanted to be able to lay my rings and watch in them when I wash my hands or clean.

DIY Seashell Craft- Jewelry Dish

It turned out better than I had envisioned.

DIY Seashell Jewelry Dish

I placed it in my most used bathroom by our main living spaces. It will be a nice touch for summer decor as well. If you are a shell collector too be sure to grab some with those deep centers to make this project. My Seashell angel ornaments have always been a fun project to make with my sister and kids. You will want to collect different type shells for this one.

Seashell Jewelry Dish Craft

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DIY Craft Seashell Jewelry Dish


  1. I usually have a clay bowl and a wooden DIY necklace hanger, but I think I am carried away by the idea of using a shell to store jewelries. I think I am going to use the shell to substitute the bowl, after all its been long using it and I think it’s time for something new. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.


  2. I LOVE the way you treated the wood! At first glance, I thought it was a piece of slate! 🙂 If you’d ever be interested in guest posting on my DIY blog that would be awesome 🙂 I’m a DIY blogger based in London 🙂 XX Zen

  3. I love this!! What a fabulous idea to repurpose those shells. So pretty and functional!

  4. What a cute and practical use of shells! I was also looking at that metal tray that you used to put your glue gun in and I was thinking that I need to find something like that! Pinning and sharing on FB!

  5. Sonya, I love this idea! I’m always putting my jewelry all over the place! What a clever and oh, so pretty idea! Happy Memorial Day weekend!!!

  6. Great idea Sonya! Love the dry brush technique and the shells are so pretty.

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