8 Stunning Shell Crafts for Kids to Make and Keep

Is there anything more fun than heading to the beach and filling buckets with treasures that you find along the shore? Top of the list are wonderful sea shells in all shapes, sizes and colours. Here are 8 Stunning Shell Crafts for Kids to Make & Keep, and ensure your beach trip memories last all year.

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#1. Shell People

Using shells, lolly pop sticks and string, your kids can create cute shell people to play with. I love these ones from Lets Do Something Crafty.

Shell PeopleLets Do Something Crafty

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#2. Shell Pets

Collect your favourite seashells and wash them well. Glue on other smaller shells or googly eyes and felt ears to create a shell pet that can be taken anywhere and does not need feeding/looking after when you go on holidays!

Shell Pet

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#3. Sea Shell Rainbows

Why not dye your seashells different colours and use them to create shell necklaces, people, pets or a cool rainbow art collage? Over on The Educators Spin On It they use leftover Easter Egg Dye!

Seshell raimbowThe Educators Spin On It

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#4. Shell Fossils

Using salt dough and shells, create fun fossils that you can keep long after the summer has ended. They would be great to use for an explorers themed birthday party. I found full instructions on The Imagination Tree.

Shel FossilsThe Imagination Tree

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#5. Shell House

I love this Shell House from Martha Stewart. She provides templates to make it easy to re-create so all you need to do is collect shells, get heavy cardboard and have the craft glue and scissors on hand!

Shell House from Martha StewartMartha Stewart

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#6. Painted Seashells

For younger children, they will get hours of fun from painting their white shells with all the colours of the rainbow. Afterwards you could add them to a storage jar or bowl to make a seaside themed decoration. I love the colours used on these shells over on Pink and Green Mama.

Painted Shells from Pink and Green MamaPink and Green Mama

#7. Shell Flowerpots

Customise your flowerpots by adding seashells to them using craft or hot glue. You can experiment with designs or cover the whole pot with a collection of the same or different shells. It is a good idea to start at the top of the pot, add a row that sticks above the rim and work your way down.


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#8. Shell Treasure Box

Use the shells you have found to create a beautiful treasure box for all your keepsakes or if you get a larger box, create a treasure chest like the one below. This one has been made using marine rope and other objects found at the beach.

Shell Treasure Chest

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Have you tried any of our art project for kids using seashells? Let us know in the comments box below.

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