Decorated Vacation Shells

It is Spring break season and I am just back from a glorious week in Florida. To be away from the freezing winter we have had here in Chicago this year was such a treat. Lazy days by the pool, toes in the sand and no vacation at the beach is complete without searching for shells. I returned with quite a haul! If you too are back from vacation and are looking to do something creative with the shells you collected then try this easy little craft project.

You will need

  • Colored markers – Sharpies work best but to be honest any colored marker will work
  • Plain shells – ones with a smooth surface work best

Then basically unleash your creative self and start decorating your shells with random patterns. I decided to limit my color palette to blues and greens ( no surprise there!)

decorated shells

and my patterns consisted of circles, lines and tiny dots

decorated shells
decorated shells
decorated shells

It was such a relaxing process and gave all those shells I had collected a little bit more love.

decorated shells

Oh, and by the way, take a peak at the background of all these photos. I photographed the shells on my newly refinished kitchen table which now looks like driftwood.

I will be sharing a full tutorial on that soon!


Love from

Creative in Chicago


11 thoughts on “Decorated Vacation Shells

  1. They are so beautiful, I collected some lovely shells from South Africa and can’t wait to start.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Regards sheila

  2. Love these. We snuck away to the beach (uninhabited beach only accessible by boat) last week and I gathered some shells. Many children are decorating rocks, then leaving them for other children to find during the Covid lock down. I thought I’d dl the same with shells. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. Hi. Thanks for sharing. Did you have to do anything special to prepare your shells before decorating, like rubbing them with mineral oil, or did you just give them a good cleaning first?

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