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Seashell Soap Dish

Want to put your beach finds to practical use? Turn a pair of pretty shells into a soap dish.




  • Shells (at least one big and one small)
  • Newspaper
  • Two-part epoxy glue


  1. Step 1

    Wash one big shell and one small shell. Make a ring of crumpled newspaper to cushion them as you work.

  2. Step 2

    Attach the big shell to the small shell, back to back, with a dab of two-part epoxy.

  3. Step 3

    Place the shells in the ring of newspaper, small shell down, so the paper supports the top shell and keeps it from slipping out of place. (Be sure the epoxy doesn't touch the paper.) Let dry thoroughly.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2004



Reviews (27)

  • peaceandlight 14 Aug, 2008

    Germs have nothing to do with how often a toothbrush needs replacing, as it will harbor bacteria from its very first use and takes less than a week to reach maximum contamination. I brush my teeth with hydrogen peroxide and sea salt or baking soda, which probably keeps the germ count down. Dentists advise replacing toothbrushes every two or three months because the bristles become less effective in getting into the places they need to.

  • SarasotaShotgun 11 Aug, 2008

    A spooner is a Victorian antique. It is glass and may look like an odd shape drinking glass, or a short vase. Itn n n n n n s placed on the dining table and extra spoons are placed inside (handle up). dbspoehel is also correct-a spooner is a type of fishing lure. Anna Marie has a good idea to look at Ebay.

  • Anna_Marie 6 Aug, 2008

    Spooners: go to ebay and type in "vintage spoon holder" and I think that is what [filtered word]ake was talking about.

  • ditdit 6 Aug, 2008

    I keep my toothbrush standing up in a cup and soak it in Denture cleaning tablet once a week. Get a new toothbrush every 4-6 weeks. You can always have a spritzer full of peroxide and white vinegar and just squirt your toothbrush too.

  • dbspoehel 6 Aug, 2008

    FYI: A spooner is a type of fishing lure. When fish see this above them the silver color catches the light and looks like a silvery fish.

  • applledumpling 6 Aug, 2008

    Fishing lure mystery...??? Gan you help solve our quest?

  • grannyj3 6 Aug, 2008

    I'm intrigued. I tried "vintage spooners" and got fishing lures. Obviously I am missing something. I am always looking for new ways to use old things, but I can't figure the connection here. Please help my poor brain.

  • shitake 6 Aug, 2008

    a place for toothbrushes??? i go to ebay and type in 'vintage spooners'. they are lovely!

  • MariaNehring 6 Aug, 2008

    I did something similar to this for a sand dollar I had. I glued the small stand and base like in this project but then stood a sand dollar up in the big one and glued them. It made a nice display and keeps my sand dollar safe. I used hot glue on the "cooler" setting. It worked very well, and dried quickly.

  • ladyhenry 6 Aug, 2008

    My tooth brush is always dry when I keep it inside my medicine cabinet.

  • eaglesax 6 Aug, 2008

    Nice project. I also like the mentioned shells on the mirror. I have glued them on a picture frame and put in a picture taken at the beach before.

  • barbarakowalk 6 Aug, 2008

    Has anyone tried this with plain old superglue?

    Barb in Michigan

  • lilybellovesdaryl 6 Aug, 2008

    Wonderful idea! I think that I will make one today.

  • cali4nia 6 Aug, 2008

    I use a toothbrush santizer.It dries out the brush with a ultra violet light.I just leave it in there until I have to use it.

  • Thedolphin 6 Aug, 2008

    What is epoxy?

  • origamidoll 6 Aug, 2008

    Love this project - so easy and pretty and natural. I would disinfect the shells first, though. Someone mentioned beaching them - sounds like a good idea

    I use a 5-minute, fizzing denture tablet in warm water to clean my retainer each day. It works great - same retainer has remained crystal clear for 3 years now.. Sometimes I put my toothbrush in there, too. Does anyone know if this works?

  • Racque 6 Aug, 2008

    If you haven't tried it yet, that new putty shown on the Billy Mays' ad on TV is great for stuff like this. It doesn't show underneath and has a great bond on hard edge things like shells/rocks/glass/etc. in a humid area like a bathroom. I got mine at Target.

  • horsecountry 6 Aug, 2008

    Excited about a way to use many, many shells collected on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in Florida. Hope there are more ideas in the making!!

  • melib 6 Aug, 2008

    As to the toothbrushes. I bought a new toothbrush and sanitizer. I keep my brushes in the sanitizer while not in use. It is made by sonicare.

  • giagirl 6 Aug, 2008

    we use an ultraviolet sanitizer for our toothbrush holder. I highly recommend it especially if you have kids. we get sick a lot less often and bugs don't return.

  • TriciaJay 6 Aug, 2008

    Toothbrushes, like mascara, need to be tossed every 3 months - or less. Germs multiply and this is what you do. Love the soap dish idea!.

  • cathym001 6 Aug, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I made a few of them as gifts and everyone loved them. I used smooth, round rocks that I found on the shores of Lake Michigan as the base and they turned out beautifully! Thanks for the great idea!

  • lbuser 6 Aug, 2008

    There isn't anywhere in your house you can put toothbrushes that is sanitary. An interesting test that was shown on TV put them everywhere and tested them daily, including in the kitchen. Same germs showed up at every test. So, put them where ever you like, just wash them regularly. Great soap dish idea.

  • sewswell 6 Aug, 2008

    I wash them with peroxide now and then and run them thru the dishwasher, but still don't think they are clean enough!

  • meyekidsrgr8 19 Jun, 2008

    Can you suggest a better place for toothbrushes? Closed in the medicine cabinet, they will get moldy - I'm not sure which is worse - germs or mold.

  • lovemybelle 19 Jun, 2008

    Love the idea. I pick up shells every time I visit Florida. They also look nice glued around an old mirror.

  • annejane 19 Jun, 2008

    If you bleach the shells they will look better.

    Also, toothbrushes are not sanitary if kept out of the cabinet. Germs float around the bathroom and land on the brushes.
    (From a report by an infectious disease physician)