We love the beach! I have great memories of vacationing at the beach as a child, and my husband actually grew up on the beautiful beaches of Venezuela (where his parents were missionaries). Our first six years of marriage we lived in Southern California within miles of the beach. Now, we are a little further from the beach living in Texas, however, nothing an hour and a half can’t solve.
While I don’t typically love knick-knacky stuff, I could spend hours in beachside craft stores collecting ideas for projects. Our livingroom is lightly decorated with a sandy tan, and ocean water turquoise complimenting special vacation souveniours that we have created with seashells from around the world. Today, I am going to share great cleaning tips for cleaning your seashells and coral, along with two of my favorite ways we have up-cycled our vacation seashells in ways that don’t just clutter shelves and collect dust!
Cleaning Seashells & Coral
All Seashells & Coral: Place them in a large bucket/tub of warm soapy warm. Use a sponge or brush to clean off any sand or unwanted particles. Let sit in the warm soapy water for about one hour. Rinse off individually and rubbing one final time with your hands.
For White Shells & Coral: After cleaning them with warm soapy water (as directed above), place them in bucket/tub of warm water again and this time add one cup of bleach. Place in the sun for a few hours (not too long or they can become brittle) in the bright afternoon sun to further bleach them. When you are happy with their results, dump the shells into your sink and rinse with warm soapy water one last time. Allow to air dry.
Ideas for Up-Cycling Vacation Seashells & Coral
Create a Seashell Shadow Box (with an old window-pane) for display your Absolute Favorite Shells!
Use in a large tumbler vase for a summer centerpiece
Coral Candle Holder
Check out Sarah’s Seashell Crafts (@ Repeat Crafter Me)! She has some great ideas to make with you children also!
I’m also sharing a great ’Beach Vacation Seashell Craft’ for kids over at KidsActivitiesBlog.com! It’s the perfect after vacation activity for all ages! So, if you are going on a beach vacation soon, collect a few small seashells so you can join us in this fun memory craft. Be sure to watch Cheerios and Lattes.com for details!