4 THINGS TO DO WITH SHELLS
Let the kids collect some on your next seaside adventure, then transform their finds into cool room décor or gifts for friends!
Pretty ideas to transform all those beach finds
1. WRITE YOUR NAME (OR A PAL’S)
Everyone needs his name on his door, right? (Right!) Glue a canvas sheet (available in the craft-paper section of an art store) to a picture-frame backing. (Save the glass for another project.) Use shells, driftwood, coral, twigs, or dried seaweed (or a combo) to form letters, then glue down.
2. RAISE A RAINBOW
Add a dose of happy to the walls! Cut a rainbow shape from cardboard. Divide a stash of shells into three or four piles. Paint each pile a different color. Let dry. Lightly draw arches on the cardboard and paint each the same colors as shells. Glue shells to corresponding colors.
3. LEAVE AN IMPRESSION
Kids can make their own fossils. Form three medium-size balls of air-dry clay. Roll out into ⅓-inch-thick slabs. Cut out circles with cookie cutters. Evenly press the top of a shell into the center of the clay circles; remove. Poke a hole in the top with a skewer; let dry. Hang with twine from a branch.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN MANDALA
This is a fun way to play with patterns: Place a shell in the center of a wooden or cardboard craft round (check the cake-decorating aisle). Work out from the center to create a repeating circular design with shells; glue down. When it’s done, tell the kids their mandala represents the universe!