Even when you are relaxing at home, you can still be surrounded by nature. This beachy bookend can be made from a large shell such as a conch, tun, or whelk.
1. Clean shell with warm water and mild soap. Nestle shell, with opening up, in a tub filled halfway with sand. Mix casting plaster in a small cup, according to package directions. Fill shell with plaster; let dry.
2. Trace opening onto the back of a piece of velvet; cut out, and affix to plaster with spray adhesive. Attach surface protectors to bottom of shell.