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Aw, shucks: Oyster Shell Trinket Dishes

Turn used oyster shells into beautiful catch-all trays with this step-by-step guide.

Are you ever in the need for a convenient place to store small items, such as paper clips, bobby pins or spare change? Bring out your crafty side and make an oyster shell trinket dish. 

These symbolic Lowcountry creatures have been a key ingredient in local cuisine for a long time. Oysters serve as a natural filtration system, removing microscopic fragments of food and pollutants. They also work as a barrier against coastal erosion in rivers and creeks. There are a couple programs on Hilton Head Island that assist people and restaurants in properly recycling oyster shells so they return safely to the environment, but reusing them (like creating a trinket dish) is also a great way to help prevent the shells from being trashed or being harmfully returned to the water covered in bacteria. 

Next time you’re out and order oysters Rockefeller or you host an oyster roast, save the remains for this DIY project. LOCAL Life illustrator Megan Goheen has created this beautiful step-by-step guide to make it easy. You can customize them with endless design options. Keep them for yourself or get a head start on gifts for the upcoming holiday season. They’re a great handmade gift, perfect for anyone who loves unique home decor and crafts.

Download or print the below step-by-step guide here

If crafting isn’t your thing, you can purchase beautifully designed oyster shell ornaments through Lowcountry Linens.