The beach is a popular summer vacation spot. When I was younger, I loved finding seashells at the beach to take home. Just like every person, every seashell is unique and beautiful. Did you ever find those big ones that you can hold up to your ear and “hear the ocean?” Well, you can take it one step further and turn your seashells into a craft project! If you’re hitting the beach this summer, have your kids help you collect a bunch of seashells, and then take them home and create something great- something like one of these 7 seashell projects.
source: Domestically Speaking
1. Canvas Seashell Seahorse
If your home is decorated in a nautical style, or you have somewhere to display a beach-inspired piece of decor, this canvas seahorse would look awesome. The rustic burlap, meshed with the different colors, shapes and sizes of seashells creates a fabulous beachy design. What a great way to preserve memories of a fun summer on the water!
Get the full supply list and tutorial over at Domestically Speaking, where you’ll also find ideas for other crafts and home projects.
source: Let’s Do Something Crafty
2. Seashell People
I mean seriously, how cute are these? I played with paper dolls when I was younger, but these look just as fun! You can totally get creative with these, using different materials for all the little details like hair, clothes, etc. I love how these were used as puppets once they were made. Your kids will stay busy for hours playing with these!
Check out the adorable seashell people that Jess from Let’s Do Something Crafty made.
3. Ombre Glitter Seashell Ornaments
I know it isn’t Christmastime yet, but it’s never too early to get in the holiday spirit (I listen to Christmas music all year!). Make some custom ornaments for your tree using seashells and a few craft supplies. Don’t just deck your halls with jingle bells, hang some beach memories on that Christmas tree this year!
You’ll find the “how to” for this project from the queen of crafts herself on marthastewart.com. There are plenty of other great ideas to keep you busy from now until Christmas!
source: Swell Life
4. Seashell Hair Pins
You can wear your heart on your sleeve, or you can wear your seashells in your hair. Why not do both? Grab some bobby pins, attach seashells of varying styles, and you’ll have the coolest hair accessory on the block. Seriously, slip one in your hair for the next PTA meeting to get all the other moms talking.
But first, head over to Swell Life to learn how to make these fun pins.
5. Seashell Mermaid Necklace
For a fun mother daughter project, make seashell mermaid necklaces. You’ll have a great time bonding with your girl, and showing her that you can be cool and stylish. Just don’t overdo it on the glitter (unless you plan on wearing it to a Britney Spears concert).
Stop by Mama.Papa.Bubba. to see how these necklaces are made. And really, go easy on the glitter.
source: Glued to My Crafts
6. Seashell Friends
Can’t find a friend for your little one to have a play date with? That’s ok. You can make them a playmate with a few craft supplies and seashells. Sure, it’s a little weird thinking of your child spending time with and talking to seashells, but it’s better than having an imaginary friend, right? At least you know that the seashell friends are real!
For an easy tutorial on making seashell buddies, go to Glued to My Crafts. You might find a yummy recipe or gift idea while you’re there.
source: Play by Marly
7. Chunky Seashell Necklace
Your kids aren’t the only ones who should have fun making seashell crafts. This idea is just for you, mama, and it’s super stylish to boot! I really, really like it! A chunky seashell necklace is really unique and will totally up your style game. Wear it on your next date night, or to a casual lunch date with the girls.
You’ll find the full project instructions over at Play by Marly.