Craft shells - shell for craft work

Dorset Gifts
One of the leading nautical gift retailers in the UK

Small Shells for Craftwork

Seashell for Craftwork

We buy our craft shells from the two most reputable craft shell suppliers in the UK and are probably now their biggest clients. All our shells for craftwork come with ecological certification and are sustainable. Scroll through our listings and it won't take you long to realise that most of these products have been partially eaten first. And that's the way we want to keep it. Our best selling starfish for craft supplies are washed ashore and our children understand the importance of preservation as well as we do. Charitable donations through our shops are weighted towards the RNLI and marine conservation. We only sell online a small proportion of the seashells we sell in our shops, so if we're too far to pop down and visit, please call Jamie on 01202 285163 or email at info@dorsetgifts.com if you can't find what you're after but you know it's out there and want to purchase from a reputable shell supplier. We have large corporate accounts and frequently sell our shells to wedding parties and interior designers as well as selling sea shells in bulk or wholesale. We can supply hobby craft shells, small seashells for sale and seashells for crafts for any of your DIY seahsell projects. As market leaders we promise to see you right!!!!

Beach Mix

Beach Mix shells for sale


Unless you live in Manchester, London, Birmingham or anywhere 50 plus miles from the coast we’re sure there is a school of thought along the lines of, why not head off to the beach and harvest some beach mix yourself? The trouble is, you’d have to go as far as the Phillipines for beach mix of this quality. The seashells range from approx 1 centimetre to 5 centimetres in length, with the average being about 2 cms, and we insist on interesting shells such as trochas, cowries and shallow water cockles or mussels which make for a colourful display. These seashells are perfect seashells for craftwork, for scattering, hobby craft work, themed events and many other uses. 200 grammes would be approximately 50 shells, 500 grammes approximately 125 and as always, if you require these decorative craft seashells in large quantities please email us for an unbeatable wholesale price.

200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Large Beach Mix - DG4327MIXL

Beach Mix shells for sale


You wouldn't be looking at this unless you were thinking BIG.  By big, we mean 12 shells per half kilo pack (500 grammes) and the shells average 5 to 7 cms - they have travelled several thousand miles and impress us. Occasionally Tim throws in a few extras from one of our shell displays but this very much depends upon whether he's had time to walk the dog and how problematic he judges you to be as a customer... just ask for an additional couple of shells when checking out. There's no guarantee but if you haven't phoned him several times about your order he's beyond accommodating... large shell mix... great for weddings, divorces, funerals and bar mitzvahs. These shells for craftwork are not edible.

200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

 

Heart Cockles - Craft Shells

Heart Cockle Craft Shells

Another great shell line for craftwork or to put in glass vases or other display ideas/areas around the home. These really are beautiful tiny little heart cockles in a brilliant white ribbed shell. The cockles have of course long been eaten so are of course not included in the sale! If you are looking to buy shells for craft work, these should be on your list. The heart cockle is a tiny little shell so well over a hundred in a 200 gramme bag.


200 grammes - £6.99
500 grammes - £9.99

 

 

White Dog Conch Seashells - DG8828W

Our white dog conch shells are bigger than the bubble, moon and cockle shells - a bit chunkier too as they measure over one inch - averaging perhaps 4 cms each. Another great decorative mini craft seashell or good enough to scatter in a display or as hobby craft shells.

Please email for bulk quantity discounts.


200 grammes - £4.99
500 grammes - £7.99

 

 

Sea Bleached Shells - DG8099

These seashells have been chosen as their overall look and colour is white, sea bleached or pearlized as shown in the picture. The seashells range from 1 to 3 cms and these tiny white seashells suit a multitude of purposes if you are loooking to buy shells for crafts!


200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £8.99

 

 

Hawks Wing Scallop Shells - DGHAWK

Measuring 4 cms on average and great for craft work or bulking up collections.

 

£1.50 for 6

 

 

Assorted Mother of Pearl Discs - DG4002

These seashell pieces are excellent for craft décor, as edging for nautical seaside decorations etc. Each piece is approximately 5 to 10 cms. Please email us at info@dorsetgifts.com for larger amounts.

These shells can added to our pick and mix selection.

 

£2.50 each
£20 for 10 pieces

 

Assorted Sea Shell Discs - DG4003

These sell very well alongside our assorted mother of pearl discs for those keen shell crafters and for decorative work with all things seashells!

These shells can added to our pick and mix selection.

£2.50 each
£20 for 10 pieces

 

Flat White Pointer Starfish

White Pointer Starfish Craft Shells

A much smaller and flatter starfish but popular for craft ideas or just a cute little present for friends. They measure 5 to 7 centimetres and are virtually flat. We have talented craftspeople making picture frames and mirrors with these. They look pretty scattered in amongst larger starfish in a shell decoration themed home too.

5 to 7 cms

£1.25 each
£10 for 10
£16 for 20


Also available at the larger size of 8 to 10 cms

£1.35 each
£11 for 10
£25 for 30
£40 for 50


Or the largest size, size of 10 to 15 cms

£1.50 each
£12 for 10

 

 

Beach Driftwood Pieces - DG7813

Not shells but popular with crafters, beach driftwood pieces for all kinds of work and these come in nice chunks - the smaller being about 3 inches and thicker and the longer pieces measuring in at around 6 inches but they're thinner. A great assortment for all kinds of uses and nicely dried so quite light - ten pieces will weigh just over 100 grammes. We'll take requests for certain sizes but we'll usually selll a cross section and good varied assortment. Craft makers tend to like the smaller pieces as out on the Dorset coast it's easier to come across larger driftwood. I have a story about once taking my kayak over to Brownsea Island and finding all manner of beautiful driftwood so I filled the hull and paddled the mile or so back to Poole Quay but didn't quite get through the shipping lane upright - much easier just adding driftwood to your cart!

£0.60 for 1 piece
£5.50 for 10 pieces
£10.00 for 20 pieces

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Bursa Espinosa - DGS0058

These beautiful small shells measure approximately 2.5 inches each and can be found washed up on remote beaches in the Phillipines. They have a lovely caramel colour which varies from batch to batch and a hard back with knobbly bits! Great for our crafters and a customer recently made a beautiful shell mirror with these shells as the border - something a little more unusual and one of our favourites.

5 to 7 cms

£0.99 each
£7.50 for 10

 

Striped Sea Snails - DGSO281

These snail shells look great grouped together and there's lots of variance in pattern, although predominantly brown and striped. We're sourcing again from the central Philippines and these look great alongside some of our other craft shells - please email for a quotation for large quantities.      

Approximately 4 cms (just under 2 inches)

£3 for 10
£5 for 20

 

White Striped Round Snail Shells - DGSO285


Another very popular smaller shell and this measures in at approximately 4 cms - around one and a half inches. These are predominantly white but with some thin caramel stripes to add colour and interest!

Approximately 4 cms

£0.99 each
£5 for 7

 

Round Striped Land Snails - DGSO2886


These are 2 cms approximately and round in shape as well as mainly brown in colour - frequently found by the water's edge in the sunnier climes of South East Asia and one of the best selling small craft and scattering shell in outré collections.  

Approximately 2 cms

£3 for 20
£5 for 50

 

Cay Cay Purple Clam Shells - DGS1046


These have a purple underbelly - a winner for sea themed rooms and nautical decor. Ours measure approximately 2 cms each.For bulk orders please email us for a quotation.


200 grammes - £4.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Sigay Shells - DGS111


These lovely small cowrie shells only measure about 2 cms each and we'd say you get about 90 per 100 grammes - often seen in shell jewellery and shell craft work and popular for their colour.  One of our most popular mini craft shells.


200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Dark Brown Land Snails - DGSO2886


These are approximately 2 inches (5 cms) in length - and come in many different shades of brown making them ideal for artisans and craft workers - please email us at info@dorsetgifts.com for quotes on larger quantities.

£0.20 each
£3.00 for 20

 

Cebu Beauty Shells - DGS1075

These beautiful violet and coral coloured seashells measure approximately 2 cms each. They have a violet lip and coral coloured back - great for shell art and craft work. We often get asked if these are dyed but they are completely natural in colour and take their name from the beaches of the small island they are found washed up on. These shells mix beautifully with small white heart cockles and bubble shells.

£2.95 for 20
£6.00 for 50

 

Bladder Moon Shells - DGS0366

 
Another small but very beautiful seashell you can find washed ashore on beaches in the Philippines and Thailand. Why bladder? Why indeed, but these small 4 cm seashells are again not an easy find but excellent as a craft seashell. Seashells do of course, vary from batch to batch but these always have a lovely rich caramel colour and texture.

4 cms long

£0.99 each
£7.50 for 10

 

Striped Yellow Land Snails- DGS02872

These beautiful small yellow land snails measure only 2 to 3 centimetres (just under an inch) but have remarkable colourings - found on beaches in South East Asia. Quite beautiful.

 

£2.50 for 10

 

 

Mini Cowries - minimum 3 cms

We have good stock levels of these unusual small cowries although still a minimum of 3 centimetres in length and they have a slight polish to them. The question is, do they look best with lip facing down or lip visible and facing up? We think scattered in both positions so we can see just how delicate and beautiful these tiny seashell cowries are. One of the most popular hobby craft shells that we sell. These shells can added to our pick and mix selection.

£2.50 for 5

 

 

Patella Sacharina Shells - DG4327PATELLA 


Interesting, unusual and fairly flat Pacific limpet shells, these average approximately 2 cms by 2 cms each. You'll get at least 100 per 200 grammes and these are mainly black and white and cylindrical with what almost resembles a starfish design on the outer shells. We think they're great to add to crafting mirror surrounds and also for scattering, but our craft workers looking for something a little different will know their very best use!

200 grammes - £4.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Trocus Macalutus  - DG4327MACA

Also known as strawberry trochas but what a great way to buy lots of them - in craft form, although at 4 cms top to bottom and 4 cms across these are nearly big enough for stand alone display. In a 200 grammes pack you'll get on average 6 of these shells and the pink splash of natural nautical colour works well when scattering in amongst white shells such as bubbles or cockles. Strawberry trochas also sold in larger sizes individually.


200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Turbo Bruneus - DG4327TURBO

Turbo Bruneus for sale


We call these turbo shells and these have an overall green colour to them and measure approximately 3 cms. Expect around 30 per 200 grammes. Turbo Bruneus have a lovely texture and a craft shell with a wide variety of artistic uses.

200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes £9.99

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Nassa Shells

Nassa Shells for sale

These beautiful naturally brown coloured tiny little mud snails measure on average about 1cms, some a little smaller and some a little larger but they are the smallest of our craft shell offering. They can be found in most parts of the world but we tend to find the colours are more interesting when located in tropical waters. The spiral ribs make them perfect for craft work and they are also known as dove shells. The picture illustrated probably shows a sample of about 20 grammes of the tiny seashells. As always, special prices are available for larger purchases and we think these make an interesting nautical addition to beach themed events and table decor. We have lots more craft shells in our shop, so if you haven’t found exactly what you need please drop us an email and we’ll send you some images.


200 grammes - £6.99
500 grammes £9.99

 

Polished Mini Cowrie Craft Shells - DG028

Mini Cowrie Craft Shells

Cowrie Craft Shells

Another super little craft cowrie suitable for all those uses crafters can put these to. We love the colour of these and think they make a pretty contrast to most craft shells which are of course unpolished. These are just that little bit bigger to make a difference, and also look good in glass display vases.

Approx 2 cms each

£3.50 for 20
£5 for 50
£9 for 100

 

Small Rustic Starfish

Flat Starfish Craft Shells

Flat Starfish Craft Shells

Flat Starfish Craft Shells

These delicate small rustic starfish measure 2 to 3 inches in diameter and are virtually flat. Consequently they are often used for shell craft work. We recently had a customer building and designing a shell house who used these in a frieze all the way along one wall, and they looked great. Another good use is of course wedding decorations or for nautically themed dinner parties. In our shop, children will pick one of these up to buy for home or a small present. Lots of uses, no excuses.

2 to 3 inches

99p each
£9 for 10
£15 for 20

 

Turquoise Abalone Pieces

Turquoise Abalone Craft Shells

These beautiful pieces of Abalaone or Paua have been broken down into shell craft piece sizes but to show a rough edge, although one that does not appear broken. These turquoise shells really represent the beauty of the sea in a colour reflecting nautical and seaside living. They're ideal for shell craft work but are becoming more and more popular displayed in glass or loosely in bowls around the home. You have the rough and the polished edges on each shell and although some pieces are about a square inch, others are up to 4 inches long and half an inch wide. We sell in 200 gramme bags which will be approximately 20 shell pieces. For 500 gramme bags (approximately 50 shell pieces) the price comes down a little more.

200 grammes - £6.99
500 grammes £9.99

 

Moon Shells for Craft Work or Interior Design

Craft Moon Shells

These beautiful delicate smooth white shells are slightly larger than other moon shells you may see for sale. At about an inch in length and half an inch wide there will be about 30 in a 200 gramme bag. These tiny seashells are quite beautiful displayed in many ways around the home and are used for decorative shell work as well. We once had a customer decorating a large garden home entirely on the inside walls with shells and he used a few moon shells!

200 grammes - £6.99
500 grammes £9.99

 

 

Bubble Shells for Craft Work

Craft Bubble Shells

Our bubble shells are sold by weight and often used for shell craft purposes or indeed placed in glass jars around the home for nautical visual effect. About an inch long and half an inch at their widest these beautiful delicate little seashells are light and white - only weighing about a gramme each, so you'll get approximately 200 in the 200 gramme bag.


200 grammes - £6.99
500 grammes £9.99

 

 

Shell Buttons

Shell Button Craft Shells

Shell Button Craft Shells

Shell Button Craft Shells

Our assorted real shell buttons come in sizes varying from half an inch to an inch and in an assortment of the colours you can see in the images. Vibrant colours incorporating pearl and abalone shells. Shell buttons have been used for decorative purposes dating back thousands of years to the times of the Indus Valley civilization. They would pierce holes in the shells and use them on clothing as decorative rather than for fastening purposes. Great colours, great little shell lines. For larger orders or a specific colour please drop us a line at info@dorsetgifts.com or phone the shop on 01202 285163.

Half an inch to one inch in size. Assorted colours.

30p each
£5 for 20
£12 for 50

Shell Button Craft Shells

 

Oyster Shells - DG4627

Great for craft work. Adding interest to shell mirrors or nautical design work and these measure on average 9 to 10 cms although some are smaller and some larger.

75p each
£3 for 6

 

 

Strombus Gibberulus  - DG4327STROMB

Strombus Gibberulus for sale


Approximately 25 of these small white conchs per 200 grammes and they measure on average 4 cms long and 2 cms at widest. There is some slight colouring on the lips of some of these shells which only add interest but the overall effect is white. What do we think? Great for craft work, mirrors, wedding decor etc.

200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Turitella Terebra  - DG4327TURIT

Turitella Terebra for sale


Turitella Terebra are also known in the seashell trade as screw shells due to their shape. Approximately 15 per 200 grammes and colour will be natural shades of brown. They average about 8 cms in length and 2 cms at widest.

200 grammes - £5.99
500 grammes - £9.99

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Brown Cockle Shells 3 to 4 cms


Brown cockle shells measuring between 3 and 4 cms – in fact some may be a fraction over. These are split shells in their natural form, not polished or cleaned and hence the very favourable price. They mainly have the distinct caramel brown on their outer shell and the inside is predominately white. Beautiful to scatter on tables or to fill in vases – great nautical decor for all occasions and worth adding to all seashell orders to add bulk to displays, themes or unique nautical ideas.

£0.20 each
£1.50 for 10
£2.80 for 20
£5 for 40

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