Creating Seashell Art for Christmas in US Northeast

You can be a seashell collector, seashell artist or seashell lover but never live close to the five best beaches in USA for seashell collecting. Don’t get frustrated – you can gather seashells during whole year even if you live in New York City or any other coastal city of US Northeast.

You may be surprise to know that there are many seashell hunting places for everyone in cold period of the year. The best and popular spots around New York City to get a chance to increase your sea shell collection are Shelton Island, Orchard Beach, Jones Beach, Riis Beach and Rye Playland. The seashells that you can find here are toenails, scallops, huge white half clam shells, oyster with unusual shape and mystic texture, blue mussel shells, tiny conch shells and many different shell fragments, sea glass and driftwood.

Clam Seashell

Clam Seashell


Oyster seashell

Oyster Seashell


Jackknife clam seashells

Jackknife clam seashells


Blue Mussel seashell

Blue Mussel seashell

Children and adults like collecting and comparing the shells they found. Some of them can be broken, but even small and irregular shaped pieces of shells can be used at home for shell artworks.

Some people like to to decorate their gardens or apartments with beautiful seashells, others prefer to make a shell wreaths for the door from shells collected at the beach, and others like to decorate mirrors or try to arrange shells to create hand made jewelry items.
One of the most popular way to use seashells which you collected at New York beaches is seashell mosaic and collages. Seashells that you can find have great shape, size, texture, but they never have the same vibrant colors like an exotic shells from Philippine islands, Caribbean or Florida. One of the best idea is to paint our shells with an acrylic paints. You need almost no money, just your imagination, sea shells which you can collect on the beach even now, a little amount of acrylic paints, old frame and great enthusiasm to finish your project.

A simple way to illustrate this opinion possible with the real works.

Made from seashells collected on local beaches in NY:

Monkey

Monkey


Butterfly seashell acrylic painting mosaic wall art decor 22" x 22"

Butterfly seashell mosaic with acrylic painting

Roaster

Roaster


Tropical paridise


Clown

Clown


Parrots

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2 Comments

  1. The Winter months are the best time for me to find conch shells. The rougher the sea, the better chance to collect the seashells that wash ashore.

  2. Really good site, thank you so much for your insights in writing the blog. I found it really interesting.

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