I’m not a conchologist nor do I have a driving need to study marine mollusks. I’m just one of many folks who enjoy looking at and collecting seashells. Because I live in a landlocked State, the opportunity to collect them from a nearby beach is nil. That said, during visits to the coasts, I’ve managed to gather several small shells.
This week, I stumbled across a cigar box containing some attractive, intact seashells. Right then, the notion to create a couple of displays seemed like the right thing to do.
I located a couple of vintage fish bowl vases and gave them a good scrubbing and polishing. From the craft box, I brought out a couple of containers of fine sand. One bowl received natural, plain sand; the other got the blue-tinted sand.
I then selected the nicest shells and carefully placed them in another layer in each bowl vase. I left plenty of spaces in the center of each layer in order to accomodate the stems of dry or silk flowers.
A person can consider the project finished at that point. The fishbowl will make a complete, handsome display or shelf accent. I decided to take one more step.
I wanted a more vibrant theme for the octagonal bowl. The large Stargazer is paired with the small red seastar for a unified appearance. I added tall elements to bring out the exuberance of oceanside sand dunes.
If you have some sort of clear glass flower bowl or vase, you may wish to try variations of these projects. Have fun experimenting with sizes and shapes both outside and inside your projects.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quote by Sir Isaac Newton. “I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”