Sea Life and Shell Art Displays Inspired by the Natural History Museum

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I can't remember the last time I visited a Natural History Museum, and it looks like I'm missing out on some excellent sea life and shell displays.

museum like sea shell display stands made from wood
That's what Paul of Findermaker created in his home; Sea Life and Shell Displays inspired by Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. In fact, the museum displays were the inspiration for his pursuing the hobby of collecting, and decorating with shells and sea life. Paul made the little sea shell stands by cutting a 1" diameter dowel into 3/8" thick disks, then drilling holes in the center and inserting brass rods.


Sea Life Display
The cabinet is a thrift store find. The glass front and side panels were originally wood, he explains. He popped out the wood panels and replaced them with glass, then installed two glass shelves and a nice nickel knob, and gave it a few coats of paint: white outside, sea blue inside.

Framed Coauina Shells
Many of his shells are from Sanibel Island and one of his favorites is the tiny "coquina" shell, also called "butterfly shell". The framed Shell Art look gorgeous, don't you think! Paul simply drew a pencil grid onto a piece of black mat board, then glued a matched pair of coquina shells into the center of each square of the grid, using a white Ribba frame from Ikea.

Sea Life Cards
His next project, a beautiful display of educational seashell cards, which remind me of the Cavallini Vintage Stickers. I tried to source the edu cards, but did not find them.

Natural History Museum Inspired
The shell cards are mounted on a 3 x 4 foot board with protective plexiglas and you can find out how to make it on Paul's site. The displays in this corner definitely have Natural History Museum quality! White Space White Space

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