How do I use these clam and abalone shells in my yard?
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Use them to trim a walkway or flower border, or crush them and do the same, because the crushed shell edges will kill slugs! Light reflcting off the pearlized interiors will cast an interesting night time glow.
If you have a small flower bed, you can use them instead of mulch.
What about a wind chime....? Using catgut or clear plastic jewellery thread? Small drill may be needed. The light will catch the shells as it knocks the shells together....just an idea?!
Yes, I also have beads and and great reason to go to beach and get drift wood. Thanks.
I hot glued mussel shells from Maine to our lights on the lanai. I didn't do every light, about every third or so. Use the lighter weight shells. Some lights will glow through the shell. It's very pretty and so easy. Just don't glue on the actual bulb.
Try cementing them over a 4 x 4 to make pillars as fence posts or as a base to hold a bird bath or other decorative accents in your garden, or embed them in round/square cement forms for a walkway. The larger shells may be interesting as wind chimes, coupled with shiny/metallic beads & a shiny pipe. Frame a large square/rectangle with shell shards as background, & use one distinctive colour to make your house numbers - then mount on your house or on top of one of the 4x4 cemented posts. I’ve also seen crushed shells embedded on flower pots. Lucky you to have so many shells, you can choose many projects.
I put small ones in my veggie garden & I do not crush them. The bigger ones I put in my flower beds like mini bird baths. I put really small ones in a glass canister & use them as devoration in my bathroom. Use them in rock gardens for some interest. Put them in the rain chain bowl. If you have some solid clam shells- make baked stuffed clams.
You have a great assortment of shells. I would like to see an old cement birdbath painted in pastels and lined with the abalone shells. Seal the abalone with oil-based polyurethane or a clear outdoors sealer. ☺️
I use the shells and ceramic pieces in my potted plants, they slow evaporation and prevent squirrels from digging up plants.