As some of you might know, today is Jody’s birthday! If you do not know who Jody is, you probably haven’t been reading our site for very long, because most of the articles we post are written by her. Even in articles not written by her, we usually use her photographs. Anyhow, in honor of her birthday, I originally attempted to make a broach out of shells from Gulf of Mexico beaches we have visited together, but the resultant product was 1) way too big and 2) way too delicate to turn into a functional piece of jewelry. So, I turned it into an art piece, instead! Here it is: Doesn’t she look like she has a face? And like she’s ready for the big birthday party dance/ball/cocktail party? In maybe the 1920s? Anyhow, all of these shells were collected on Gulf of Mexico beaches in Texas and Louisiana. I hope you all enjoy my art project, especially Jody (who also happens to be my Mommy). Happy Birthday! -E.G.D.
Posts Tagged ‘easy seashell crafts’
Posted by E.G.D. on November 13, 2014
Posted by Jody on December 4, 2013
An oldie but a goodie! :-)
Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:
Crafting with seashells is great fun any time of the year, but during the hectic holidays, setting aside time for making seashell Christmas ornaments with the kids is even better!
Seashell crafting has unlimited possibilities. When you take out seashells from your last vacation, you bring back those special family memories of times together at the seashore. By crafting seashell Christmas ornaments, you’ll be making fun new memories to go along with the old, and they are sure to last a lifetime, too!
You’ll need those very special seashells, glue (A glue gun works well but requires close adult supervision), old buttons (possibly themed buttons), ribbons, bows, scrap fabric and “this and that” from your crafty drawer. We picked up some little straw doll hats and googly eyes especially for this seashell crafting party. All of these things are available at your local craft store, super center, or fabric store. They…
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Posted by Jody on September 6, 2013
How cool is this? Our coastal friend Southern Sea Muse photographed this intriguing seashell framed mirror in an urgent care clinic in Daphne, Alabama. She was very kindly thinking of our fellow beach lover Eunice (aka: nutsfortreasure) at Living and Lovin who had commented on our recent “Got Driftwood?” post (featuring a driftwood framed mirror). ~Eunice, did you find that glue gun yet?~
Many, many thanks to Southern Sea Muse for sharing with us!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your glue guns!
It’s your turn to show us your beach-crafty side! :-)
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Posted by alainaflute on December 17, 2012
Haven’t finished your shopping yet? You could be cutting it pretty close! Never fear, though, because you can still get or make these fun, beachy gifts before the holiday.
We’ve divided the gifting ideas into two categories: one for people with ready-access to the beach and one for those who live too far away to get there and back before Christmas. Many of these ideas are described in greater detail somewhere else on this website, so I’ve added the links so you can take a closer look!
For those of us living by the beach:
There is still time to make some lovely crafts to give, decorate your tree, or to jazz up your gifts!
1. Find a number of shells (or stones) from the beach that have a hole made by Mother Nature. Thread some ribbon through them for a quick and easy gift decoration or ornament. You could also make a very giftable pendant by this same technique.
2. The sea shell salt shaker: always a lovely and thoughtful gift. Head over to your local Target, Walmart, or wherever clear, glass shakers of all sizes are sold. Depending on the yield of your sandy shores, pick an appropriate shaker size for your current collection or head to the beach. Simply scoop up some shells and smooth beach glass! Be extra careful to make sure you only take home shells that have lost their residents. At home, you may want to clean the shells and set them out to dry. Place them piece by piece into the shaker to give it a personal touch. We often cover the top of the glass with plastic wrap before screwing on the cap, or you can cut out a bit of thin card stock, so that the shaker won’t leak shell bits if upturned. Tie a ribbon bow to the top to give it a festive touch!
3. A short while ago, Jody and E.G.D. had a wonderful project of turning large bivalve shells into angels and carolers. Everything you need to know is here.
4. A fun idea for children to make and give is the classic Beach in a Bottle. This thoughtful and inexpensive gift can stay on Nana’s shelf year-round.
For those of us living far from the sea:
If the receiver of your holiday gift-giving merriment is a fellow beach-lover, then here are some ideas to help share the love for those of us who can’t get to the beach.
1. Cookies! Homemade Christmas goodies always make wonderful gifts. You should be able to find beach-themed cookie cutters at a local cooking store (for us, it’s Now We’re Cooking). You have free rein: the sky is the limit to your creativity! You can decorate gingerbread seashell shapes or simply make a sugar cookie you can decorate with fun, Sunset Tellin seashell colored icing (or any color, for that matter).
If you don’t have a specialty store with an extensive cookie cutter selection nearby, you can easily make the “Festive Sand Dollar Cookies” that Jody made last week. We’ve been eating them happily for days!
2. If you’d rather buy than make, that’s perfectly okay! A candle is a beach-inspired gift you can buy. Yankee Candle makes a variety of beach scents: Beach Walk, Beach Wood, Christmas at the Beach, Coconut Bay, Pink Sands, and Sun & Sand. A plus of going to Yankee Candle is that you can mix and match a dozen votive candles, so you can gift a variety of scents. If you don’t have a Yankee Candle store nearby, you might be able to find what you’re looking for at Cracker Barrel or Kohl’s (they both carry Yankee brand along with other brands). You can also shop online, but it will cost a little more in shipping to have it arrive on time.
3. Give the gift of music this holiday! One way to get into the Christmas spirit is to listen to your holiday favorites. Here are some CDs that remind us of the holidays and the sunny seashore with links to Amazon (only so you can see the album covers, not because we endorse shopping at Amazon).
Hopefully our list got you thinking of more holiday gift ideas! Please feel free to share them with us in the comment section. We’d love to hear about your last-minute and beachy gifting ideas!
Mele Kalikimaka lā ‘Oe!
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Posted by E.G.D. on September 15, 2012
So, as those of you who read my posts know, my niece and nephew collected a truly amazing number of shells last time our family visited the gulf coast together. Some of you might recall that particular event ultimately led to my discovery of seashells as a decopage-able item. Well, a couple weeks ago, I finally decided that something must be done about the fact that all those shells were still in bags and buckets half full of water and sand. I fished them out of the plastic crate that had been their home for a good number of months, and I spent about an hour one evening and washed them all, laying them out to dry on towels and dumping all the excess sand in the backyard. Now, I know this may sound like an odd thing for an aunt to do of an evening, but I had a very good reason, and the reason is as follows: one day, I decided to string some of my beach treasures from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and my nephew walked into my room and said, “wow, Aunt Elisa! Those are beautiful. I hope I can be a great necklace maker like you when I grow up,” and my immediate response was, “Liam, you can be just as good a necklace maker right now. Here, I’ll show you…” but, what with his being five and a bit flighty, he was out of the room before I could get his hands on my shells.
Now, I won’t say I sprung immediately into action or anything, but I can say that the very next time I found myself in a craft store, I bought a large package of plastic necklace cord and two large packages of miscellaneous plastic beads. I’m sure you have guessed this by now, but that was the night I went and washed all those shells, and I carefully picked out every one I could find with a proper, natural hole in it.
Well, that was a long story, and I feel I oughtn’t make a long story longer, so I shall present the result to you in pictures, though I am sorry to say that Liam was asleep when I took them (this was seashell necklace evening #2). However, I did get some good shots of his necklace, and Oona was happy to demonstrate the process for me ^_^.
As you can see, this is a simple, fun project for beachcombers of all ages, and the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend this sort of project to any family of beachgoers. I absolutely guarantee the little ones will love the entire process, from collecting to stringing! Happy beach treasure crafting- E.G.D.
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