A starfish is undeniably one of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean. Their stunning shape looks exquisite around the sea, and also in homes as decorations. These are made into decorations by cleaning and preserving them. Most people set them as memorabilia from their beach vacations.


If you are out on a beach vacation already and happen to have gathered a starfish, you can very easily preserve it for your home. Follow this guide to learn how to preserve a starfish yourself:


Things you will need

  • Starfish
  • Warm water
  • Bowl
  • Mild soap
  • Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol (or Formaldehyde)



  1. When you find the starfish, check if it is dead. Starfish are very slow creatures so it may be difficult to tell if they are living or dead. To see if it is dead, look at it closely and see if there are any sign of movements from it. If its brittle and not moving, it is dead.


  1. Clean the starfish before preserving it. Submerge it in soapy water and do not scrub it as it is fragile.


  1. Place in the sun and let the starfish dry. Lay them flat.


  1. When dried, soak it in alcohol for at least 48 hours.


  1. Again, lay it flat on a table and let it dry in the sunlight.