We’re a big shell collecting family. Little ones. Big ones. We often fill our palms with more shells. And at the end of the summer, any that weren’t use in crafts or otherwise will get returned to the beach. Shell collecting is just part of the fun of spending the summer by the sea.
With summer’s end nearing (school starts in two weeks!), I am already thinking of how to bring the beach home to the country again this year. Little crafts and accessories can definitely help. These coasters, for instance? They have that beach charm.
These sea-inspired coasters from EcoSeaTile are filled with shell fragments held together in clear resin. Called SeaCoasters, they are backed with cork to prevent them from scratching any table surfaces. There are two collections available. The Atlantic Collection includes mussel, scallop, oyster and lobster shell fragments. And the Pacific Collection includes abalone, mussel and mother of pearl shell fragments.
I love the look and feel of these coasters. They are lightweight, which I prefer for coasters. And with the variety available, they can be a great conversation piece — especially if guests try to guess their shell fragment type. The type of shell is identified on a sticker on the back of each coaster.
The one thing I wish was different though is the resin corners. Although the cork protects tables, the corners of the actual coaster still come to a fairly sharp point. As a mom of younger kids, I am always cognizant of edges like this. Still, with proper handling, it’s probably fine.
These coasters would make a nice hostess gift for a beach lover. And they are perfect for the seaside home — or the home of someone who just loves the sea.
EcoSeaTile SeaCoasters retail for $8.95 each or in sets of four for $29.95. You can purchase them in select retailers nationwide or online at www.ecoseatile.com.
Disclosure: A rep for EcoSeaTile recently contacted me about the possibility of reviewing their SeaCoasters. I was provided with free product for the purposes of this review but wasn’t otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.