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10 Beautiful Ways to Repurpose Oyster Shells

It’s the first time we share with you some ideas of decorations made from upcycled Oyster shells! Oyster shells are relatively easy to find, you can find some of them directly on beaches, but also, you can ask for restaurants if they can keep some for you or during your next party with Oysters. Keep the shells to make beautiful decorations such as lamps, mirrors, chandeliers, candle holders, wreaths, or Christmas decorations! Here is our selection of 10 great repurposing Oyster Shell ideas! So please don’t throw away any more Oyster shells; keep them carefully!

This set of oyster shell wind chimes was made by the1pony. They turned out pretty cute. :)
Oyster Shell Anchor/Nautical Wall Art by My Honeypickles
Oyster shell wreath.
Oyster shell mirror – via Crafthubs
Oyster shell lamp – via High Cotton Style
Stylish Oyster shell chandelier.
Oyster shell candle holders, perfect for any party decoration! Via Anabel.
Oyster shell hand-painted to look like Jolly Old St Nick himself! This whimsical Santa Claus ornament is the perfect addition to any tree. The shells are collected and crafted in Amelia Island, Florida. Via WoddenWaterLLC.
Beautiful Oyster Shell
 Christmas trees. The insides of oyster shells are naturally shiny, and you can easily find them on the beach or recycle them from restaurants via Wine & Design.
Oyster shell as a tiny succulent planter, lovely! Via SeaWitchBotanical.
Bonus: A huge 7 ft oyster shell mirror with upcycled glass! Beautifully done! Via Indulgy

Have you made something out of recycled Oyster shells? Share it with us and inspire the community!


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  • I don't know about where you are, but here it's against the law to take oyster shell's off the beach. Without the shell's the oyster larva have nothing to attach to and so never grow into a adult oyster.

    Please check your local laws before taking these shell's home for crafts.

    • If the shells are on the beach, the the larvae cannot attach to them. That's not how oysters grow anyway. Your comment is asinine and completely wrong.

    • I eat oysters in restaurants and always take the shells home. I disinfect and prepare them for decorating. Most restaurants that serve oysters are glad to let you take as many as you want. 😊

    • They need eel grass to propagate, not the shell. If your beach is a national or state park you cant take nor leave anything. This doesn't have anything to do with oyster seedlings.