How do I use these clam and abalone shells in my yard?

Kandy Scott
by Kandy Scott
  10 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 07, 2018

    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.

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    • Oliva Oliva on Aug 08, 2018

      Hi, Kandy

      Try smashing them with a large, old rolling pin, for larger pieces, or turning them all round side up and walking over them, in heavy soled boots. With the sledge, your pieces might turn to dust, unless the shells are very large and deep. Same with driving over them, unless your car is light in weight.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Aug 07, 2018

    If you have a small flower bed, you can use them instead of mulch.

    • Kandy Scott Kandy Scott on Aug 08, 2018

      Thank you for the sites. Went to them all and I like the shells on terra-cotta pots. I propogate plants and succulents and through the Garden Club, sell them. Gluing them to pots would be a great project for us. Thank you for replying.

  • Debbie Debbie on Aug 08, 2018

    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?!

  • Kandy Scott Kandy Scott on Aug 08, 2018

    Yes, I also have beads and and great reason to go to beach and get drift wood. Thanks.

  • Gail B Gail B on Aug 08, 2018

    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.

  • Sharon Depatie Sharon Depatie on Aug 08, 2018

    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.

  • Elise Elise on Aug 09, 2018

    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.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Oct 04, 2018

    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. ☺️

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 23, 2021

    I use the shells and ceramic pieces in my potted plants, they slow evaporation and prevent squirrels from digging up plants.