The weather is warmer and it’s time to head to the beach. But a fun day in the sun can turn into a few more. While you are at the beach collect some sea shells so you can do these fun crafts with your children on a rainy day!
Wind Chimes/Christmas Ornaments – By taking a small drill to make some tiny holes into the shells, you can create wind chimes or Christmas ornaments by hanging them with fishing wire. Don’t forget to get some acrylic paint to personalize each sea shell with names or memories. For a wind chime, taking a pre-existing wind chime and embellishing it is the way to go. For ornaments, you can go to the craft store and buy clear plastic balls. You can even throw in some sand!
Decorate A Picture Frame – whether you buy a new one from the craft store, or want to upcycle something in your home, adding sea shells to a beach family photo gives it a personal touch. You can paint the sea shells, the picture frame, and make sure you use sturdy glue so the shells remain on the picture frame. Another touch is printing out the picture in black and white and using colored pencils to “color in” the black and white picture.
Create A Candle – By putting sand in a mason jar, using a few pebbles, sea shells, and a votive candle you can create a memorable candle. Pro tip: Use a votive candle that mimics beach smell to not only have a cute decoration but something practical as well. You can buy different sizes of mason jars and decorate rooms throughout your house with these candles.
Do you have any other ideas for sea shells? Some other ideas include making jewelry, “pet rocks”, and bedazzling flip flops.