What to do With Beachcombing Finds
My main problem used to be that I would use the items I had found to dress the tops of my flower pots. This looks lovely, but unfortunately small finds can work their way down into the soil with watering, and disappear from sight and mind. I have lost a lot of fossils and minerals that way. When it came to changing the soil I used to just throw it away, going through all your old plant pot soil to find pieces of china, small minerals, and such is not much fun.
Nowadays I try to think of interesting ways to display my beachcombing and nature finds, this could be making them into a home decor item, a gift, jewelry, or just finding a nice way to organise and display my collection.
My grandmother used to have jars of sea glass and shells on the shelves in her bathroom, she used to put the sea glass in and then fill the jar with oil, the oil kept the sea glass and shells looking wet, like they were in the ocean. As a child these jars fascinated and delighted me and my siblings, and I have my own versions today.
I don't use oil in my jars, and my sea glass is pretty transient... I use it to make jewelry so only get to admire it for a short time before I use it. I have other jars though, I have a pebble jar, a mineral jar, and a fossil jar. They stand together with other nice things I have found on the beach.
Making Wall Art From Beach Combing Finds
It's above my bookshelf, and on top of this are further displays from beach combing trips, including some framed shells and seaweed. I have these pictures propped against the wall, but am working on a much larger piece for the wall.
I have used contrasting colors, which make the shells 'pop' against the background, I used a glue gun to fix the shells to the corrugated card. These will be box framed as they are finished. With these I am just waiting to find a few more shells in each family, as this is how I am displaying my shells.
You can make similar pictures to display sea glass, small crystals, and other bits and pieces.
Making A Centerpiece Display From Beachcombing Finds
If making a centerpiece for a table try to have the taller items in the middle of the display, with scatterings around the outsides. If making it for a bookshelf, mantel, or anything with a wall behind; have the taller items at the back. Odd numbers like groups of 3 and 5 objects look good together, as they look less contrived, and a mixture of heights and style of jar also looks good.
You could also do something crazy like what I've done in the pic with the crab shells :) Definitely a conversation starter!
Making A Mosaic
Personally I love the classic type of mosaic that is all about flowing lines, the lines of grout are just as important as the pieces used to make the mosaic. This can be hard to achieve with different size and shape bits and pieces.
The mosiac in the picture is one I am making with sea glass, fossils, shells, bought terazza, and rhinestones for some added bling.
Make A Beach Themed Terrarium
I have a few terrarium that I have made to display my nature finds, each focuses on a different habitat. For my beach terrarium I use a mason jar, some sand, tiny sea glass gems, small mineral pebbles and cute little shells
You can use any size jar, tank, or interesting piece of glassware. It is a really nice way to protect and display smaller items.
I use larger stones at the base of the jar and use them to map out my mini landscape. I pile the stones higher at the back of the jar and press the sand down towards the front. That way you will get a nice view into to terrarium and the treasure with-in.