Attach them to a piece of driftwood and make a wind chime you can display right outside your home.
For another way to construct wind chimes, check out the sea shell symphony on the Family Education blog. On Polkadot Chair , Melissa Mortenson shares several seashell accessory crafts.
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Paint seashells with nail polish. After they dry, glue them to hair clips, a headband or a ring. Want to go all out? Make a mermaid tiara , like this one from Carissa on the Creative Green Living blog. Paint your shells. Glue on the shells. Also, do a version of this as a merman crown. Add seashells to decorative items throughout your home to give them some beachy personality. Add shells to picture frames, mirrors, boxes, coasters, anything. Remember the painted shells you made above? The seashell frame , like this one from Stacey at Glued to My Crafts blog, is one example of using them in another project.
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Glue painted shells to a picture frame. Add a picture from your beach adventure or one from the winter for contrast. Paint the shells, let them dry, arrange them and glue them onto the frame. If you want a decorative box for your shells, make a treasure box.
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Make a seashell box, so you have a place to keep the rest of your seashells. This adventure from Julie Williams at Education. Bonus Adventure : Write up a memory from the beach where you picked up your shells. Put it at the bottom of the shell box, and read it anytime you take out the shells. A beach adventure is fun for the whole family. When you do art projects with seashells , you extend the experience.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a ton of things you can make with seashells. What do you think? Do you collect seashells at the beach? What do you do with all of your shells? Do you use them for projects or display them as-is? Share your seashell crafts and photos in the comments. Tags: art project , beach craft , craft activity , craft project , debra eckerling , kids art , kids craft , kids craft idea , kids craft project , seashell craft , shell art. About the Author , Debra Eckerling.
Debra Eckerling is an editor at My Kids Adventures. The creator of Write On Online, a website and community for writers, Debra helps individuals define, plan and achieve their goals. Great round-up, Deb! I love the simplicity of the Popsicle stick girls and the princess-quality of the shell tiara! Thanks for these great ideas, Deb! I love the crown. I have a Christmas ornament I made out of a sand dollar found on a beach vacation. It brings back warm memories every year when I hang it on my tree.
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Thanks, Jennifer! I totally want a crown just to have one!
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Instant memories! Or run to the dollar store. Purchase sea shells. Take them to the beach for my kids to find. Ha ha. That works too! Good plan. We love collecting sea shells — great ways to re-purpose them and create some crafty memories! Home Resource Guide About Us. Bring home some shells and make something special with your kids.
Why Craft With Seashells? Here are six sensational things you can do with seashells.
Here are a few that stood out. Make clay, cut out the shape you want and then press the shells into it. Bring the beach into your home with a seashell mirror. Pull out the paints and add color to your seashells. Heat up the seashells and draw on them. Use craft supplies you have on hand and turn your shells into creatures. Paint wooden sticks and add shells to turn them into people. Attach painted seashells to regular hair accessories to add panache.
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