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CERTIFIED ART-SEA! 4 Creative Decorations You Can Create Out of Shellfish Shells


When you eat mussels, scallops and other types of shellfish, have you ever wondered “their shells are beautiful, will they just be thrown away?” Most of the time, they are just put in the trash, but there are also times when they are kept, cleaned and sold to be used in creating lovely decorations you can use at home. 

There are a lot of them, right? Like when mussels are served to your dining table, you don’t get just one shell of it; you get many. Collectively, you can create something nice out of them! 

You can do it yourself too! Check out the list below which contains ideas on coming up with 4 creative decorations using shellfish shells! 



Who would have thought that crab shells can be your catchy home decorations? You can use crab shells like the idea above which is a Christmas ornament. The crab shell needs thorough cleaning and elimination of any crab remains. 

It is very interesting and cute how the inside was used as a frame-like object for the Christmas scene with the bear, the snowman, the Christmas trees and the snow. It’s really lovely! You just need to be creative in thinking of what scenes to put in it, especially because the space is small. 

You can buy little scrapbooking foams or stickers and paste them strongly inside, or you can create your own things after painting the insides of the crab. Of course, the outer portion of the shell should also be painted so that it will not look like a crab shell at all. 

Put a tie on the shell, so you can hang it on the Christmas tree or wherever you want to place it. Moreover, you can do other styles of designing your crab shell ornament just like the ones below which actually have drawings painted on them. They look really nice, and kids will love them!

Spirited Sisters Studio

You should know how to maximize the little space the crab shell has. Also, you must know the right paint types to use that will stick and last long on the shell. Turning the shell colorful just like the ones above makes you forget that it is actually from a crustacean under the water.



How sophisticated your living room becomes with these scented candles lit up and placed on their holders. Wait a minute, what are those candle holders made of? Oyster shells. 

Oyster shells are rough. Their shapes are indefinite, irregular, and there surely is no duplicate of any one of them! That diversity makes the magic even more comely. 

Oyster shells can be created into these peculiar candle holders. The shells are cleaned and are arranged into a certain way that they are put on top of each other, forming a flower-like look. It’s best to have a plain candle holder base, so the finished product could be steadier. 

This candle holder looks like no other candle holders out there! Your visitors will be astonished to find out that those are shells from your fresh seafood dinner last time. Better be very careful when handling the candle holder because if it falls, the shells will break and separate. 



Adorn your doors at home with different designs, colors, and styles of these elegant scallop shell wreaths! There are colorful ones if you prefer having those. 

You have to buy the round base where you will attach the shells to. You cannot form the round wreath without the foundation. Choose the shells properly, so the sizes will be appropriate, and your wreath will not look deformed and crammed. 

Practice placing them on the base before actually gluing them to it. Make sure that there is somehow asymmetry with the number of shells on every part of the wreath. A hook must be at the back, so you can attach its doors and walls. 



Surprised? These are Christmas trees, and actual mussel shells were used to build them. This is one of the most fantastic and creative ways to use shellfish shells as decors. 

You need to decide on the size of your tree. Have a foot or base for it. Paint the shells, so they can look good when they are formed as a tree. Make the colors nice, so the tree turns out well! You will not need any other decors or ornaments on it because the tree itself is a peerless masterpiece for your house. Don’t forget to put a star on top; make that another kind of shell or a starfish this time!

You will definitely have a unique Christmas, and you are starting off with your mussels Christmas tree!



There you have them! 4 creative decors you can get from shellfish shells! It’s so incredible how they were once fresh seafood served on your table, and the next thing you know they can be hanging on your room’s door or holding your colorful candles for you.

There are many more of these, and if there’s something else you’d like to try creating with shells from shellfish you have just finished consuming, then don’t hesitate! Art is what the artist says it is! 


Nicole Ann Pore believes that freshness of what people eat is always important not only because of the experience but also of its health implications. She writes about matters that revolve around fresh seafood and the market industry. Nicole is a daytime writer for Manettas Seafood Market Australia, an online and interactive seafood market allowing accessibility to the highest quality seafood from Australia and abroad.  | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.


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