Outer Banks beach weddings OBX local seashells wood heart whelk shells original design Easter gift anniversary engagement Beach House Dreams

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This large heart with broken whelk shells that I have picked up on the Outer Banks beaches over the last 7 years, is one of a kind. The first 4 I made sold quickly. This large heart has all fossilized shells, meaning they have been tumbled in the ocean longer. The craggy texture just adds to the character of this ooak piece.

This is the 5th one I've made, and each is uniquely beautiful. The spiral pattern of the unique whelk shells, large and small, gives this piece of art a ruffled effect that is even more stunning in person.

This heart has a piece of heart shaped coral I found on the beach here, surrounded by small shells, almost like a flower in the center.

Perfect for your Outer Banks wedding reception decor, an engagement gift for beach lovers, or beach wedding gifts or just because, for your beach house, vacation home, tropical destination wedding, or coastal farmhouse cottage.

This one is ready to ship, but once it sells, we are already making several more, with a minimum of 2 weeks turnaround time, before shipping. This is the only one that has a piece of local coral in the center.

You're purchasing the exact 15" x 16" heart with whelks as shown in these pictures...

We've taken our handcut original design wooden heart and used construction quality permanent adhesive to attach between 60-80 whelk shells we collected on our beach walks here on the Outer Banks. All shells are found by us on the beach here- none are purchased shells.

Please allow us 3-5 business days to get order ready to ship. Your whelk shell heart comes in a carefully packed priority mail box, and will be shipped with care, arriving about 3 days after we ship it in the US. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-2 weeks

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 10 - 11 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 5 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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Do you have a bricks and mortar store?

Yes, we opened Beach House Dreams in Kill Devil Hills NC (on the Outer Banks) 4 years ago. In that store we sell the items we make, retail home décor, gifts and accessories, as well as the creations of approximately 30 other local artists as well. We are open year round at least 6 days a week, and would love for you to visit. We're at
402 South Croatan Highway Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 715-4454

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If you have a retail or furniture or home décor store we would love to talk with you about possibly carrying some of our signature unique products in your store. Contact us here, and we'll get back to you asap.

If you are a designer, decorator, home stager or contractor and would like to feature some of our products, we would love to hear from you. We've worked with quite a few designers and some retail stores throughout the US, and we enjoy working with other companies. Contact us so we can talk about the possibilities.

This is Absolutely Beautiful. It is to be a part of a Rememberance Box we are making. There are always so many lovely things in this shop. This piece is extra-special as it's components were collected from a place we cherish. Thank You for making just the right thing to help us remember the good days we had with our Hope.


This piece of artwork is so beautiful! It was packed perfectly, so all of the shells stayed intact. My husband and I love the OBX, so all of the shells collected on those beaches make it extra special. Thank you!


Very cute, good quality and works great for my business cards


Adorable, shipped quickly and is now prominently displayed on my desk - I love it!


Shipped quickly and I love the paint color!


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