Home Recycled Home: She Sells Seashells

After years of heading to the beach each summer, I have a substantial seashell collection. Some are from New Jersey, Florida, and South Carolina … each one is unique and beautiful. So, what to do with these shells? I saw a fantastic shell lamp while in Cape May at a beach house a few years ago; the beauty of the lamp never left my mind. So I decided that it’s time to make my own!

While a fillable glass lamp can be purchased at a craft store or online (starting around $50), you can save money by recycling products and making your own using a mason jar, large glass bottles, or even a glass vase and a lamp kit (for about $7).


  • Glass lamp with fillable base
  • Shells
  • Sand
  • Craft glue


  1. Start with a clean lamp base. Add an even layer of sand to cover the bottom. Then fill the lamp with shells, leaving about 1/2” open at the top. If you are making your own lamp, following the instructions on the kit for attaching the lamp pieces. This may be done at the start of your filling or at the end depending on the manufacturer.
  1. Sprinkle sand into the base to add weight and strength to the bottom of your lamp base.
  1. Secure the lid of your lamp with a bit of craft glue.

LampOptional: Adding jute and a few shells to your lampshade will add an extra pizzazz to your new lamp. Use craft glue to attach a few pieces.

Note: If you have found the perfect lamp that can be emptied and refilled, do not glue the lid on tightly. The lamp can easily be converted in the fall to hold pinecones and sticks for a comfortable woodsy look.

Do you have an item (or collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send a picture of your products over and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.


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