A Beachy And Chic Conch Shell Centerpiece

Milena Kukurekovic

Ah, summer. The time for warm weather and beautiful vacations.

If you plan a vacation on the beach or are lucky enough to live there, I've got a treat for you. Of course, if you've ever been to the beach, you will have seen your share of seashells. I mean, they're everywhere! So what to do with all those shells, though? I have a fantastic idea for you! Personalize your celebration with handmade touches and add easy-breezy beachy style to an indoor or outdoor space by crafting this fabulous Conch Shell Centerpiece!

Contempllate-conch-shell-centerpiece-headerSo I happen to LOVE succulents. But, seriously, it's becoming a problem. I have them all over my house. They are so resilient that they practically take care of themselves, need little maintenance, and propagate quickly. They might be the perfect pet plant for those who don't have a green thumb. You'll find these little members of the cactus family growing all over the rocky beaches in Mexico, which makes them an excellent choice for a coastal-themed DIY conch shell centerpiece.


  • 1 large conch shell
  • 1 small block of floral foam
  • Toothpicks
  • Succulents
  • Moss


Step 1: Trim the block of floral foam enough to fit inside the conch shell. Slather the inside of the conch with glue if you want this to be permanent. I wanted my shell back to be natural when this was over, so I didn't use glue. Once the foam fits snugly, stuff it in!


Step 2: Cover the block with moss or any other material you might want to use to keep it invisible. I used moss and once again did not use any glue; however, if you are using this for an outdoor event where it could be windy (such as on a beach), I highly recommend using glue (but not hot glue) to secure the moss.


Step 3: Next, trim off the succulents you want to use in your centerpiece. They come in a myriad of varieties, and you don't have to worry about them wilting overnight. Keeping them refrigerated or watered (like I said, SUPER easy). Trimming off the leave of a succulent just causes it to grow a whole new plant! Poke a toothpick through the bottom of each plant.

Step 4:  Start arranging your pants by sticking the other end of the toothpicks into the floral foam.

*Hint: If you are looking for a more permanent solution that's a little more "green," fill your conch shell with succulent soil (very light, drains well) and plant them in the shell. 

Additional Sand and Shell Decoration Ideas 

You can create a unique effect by arranging the shells and sand in glass lanterns. On your long-desired vacation at sea, these beautiful summer decorations will associate you with the sea and sand beaches. 

Beautify your glass lanterns and give them an excellent nautical look. Fill glass lanterns with sand and decorate them with various sea shells and starfish. Add a candle in the middle. The decoration is even more interesting if the shells are in different colors, shapes, and sizes. 

Summer decorations with natural sea materials are effortless and simple to create. Fill lanterns with water, gravel, and floating candles. Glue a small shell on the outside of the lantern. The possibilities are endless. For an even better effect, play with different lantern heights. In a group, they look much nicer than alone. 

From lanterns, you can make an excellent decoration, a charming terrarium. Although it may sound complicated, it is pretty easy to make. A lantern with hinges on the door makes it easier to organize plants. While most terrariums require multiple layers of planting material, you can use moss, which retains natural moisture. 

You can decorate your balconies, terraces, and courtyards with lanterns. With the help of candles, they will create a romantic atmosphere in the evening with their subtle glow. In summer, you can also use lanterns in bright colors, such as yellow, orange, or green, and they will enliven your home, and your guests will enjoy it.

Coastal Conch Shell centerpiece | Smarty Had A Party

Paper Boats 

Fast, easy, and affordable. Paper boats can also be used to decorate a room or table or as seating cards. You can also write a birthday wish on each boat.

The sea theme is complemented by a fishing net on the wall, decorated with figures of sea inhabitants. Such a grid can also be used as a photo stand for a birthday person. In addition, photos can be placed in small round aquariums, complementing them with shells, sand, and pearls.

When the walls are decorated, you can think about the design of the ceiling. Strips of corrugated paper mimic waves, creating the illusion that you are underwater. An octopus made of a ball and paper strips also looks funny.

Unique Sea Coral Decorations

Seashells and starfish are something you reach for first regarding sea-inspired decor. However, we should not ignore the corals, which can add to the attractiveness of a table with their beauty.

Indeed, they can be a lovely detail in the middle of the dining table, regardless of the occasion for which the family gathers. In addition, you can create unique central decor with small shells, coconut halves, candles, and greenery.

If you have an extensive collection of corals, you can display them on beautiful shelves next to your favorite books and photo frames. You can use any transparent container, wooden and metal bowl, and a tray to find the perfect background for your corals. With the addition of moss and wooden details, corals will bring your table closer to the seashore and make you simply enjoy it.

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