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Posts Tagged ‘seashell crafts’

Christmas Tree by the Sea

Posted by Jody on December 25, 2013

Greg and I spotted this beautiful shades-of-the-sea Christmas tree at the Hotel del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  It was tucked away near the downstairs shops by a little snack bar. I’m so glad we went exploring! This fabulous Christmas tree was chock-full of wonderful ideas for a very crafty new year!

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure doth thou bring me!” ♫

~ O Christmas Tree, Traditional Christmas Carol

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a many, many happy beachy days in the New Year!

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Seashell Crafting for All Ages!

Posted by Jody on December 4, 2013

Jody:

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!

Seashell Crafting Party

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…

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Get Away Every Day! Do-It-Yourself Mini Zen Beach

Posted by Jody on November 8, 2012

Have you seen those fun little desktop zen gardens?  Well, here’s a do-it-yourself idea for us beach lovers: a desktop mini zen beach!

I actually looked for these little desktop beach kits online and considered buying one, but then realized that I’d rather personalize my own little zen beach.  It’s so easy and lots of fun to put one of these mini beach sets together.

Do-It-Yourself Desktop Zen Beach Accessories (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

For the base, I used an old picture frame with a 6×6 photo opening. Taking the backing off and removing the glass, I cut a piece of a vinyl placemat to size and glued it into the opening. I packed the cardboard squares back into the frame (behind the place mat) and secured the back with the same slip-proof matting. Since I used a blue placemat, I kept cutting and made some surf for the beach, too.

Use your imagination and personalize your own mini zen beach! Sterilized, decorative sand is available at your local craft store. I chose the color of the golden sands of Southern California’s coastline. You may decide on black for the famous black sand beaches of the Big Island, pink to remind you of that amazing trip to the Bahamas, or white sand for the pristine shores of Barbados.

Do-It-Yourself Mini Zen Beach with Sand Castle Christmas Ornament

A sand pail and shovel are the real key here. Little seashells on the beach are a must, in my book. The rest is up to your unlimited creativity.

I used my miniature seashells from Sanibel Island, Florida.  The little pieces of “sea glass” are oven baked, tiny plastic pellets used for “stained glass” Christmas ornaments and sun catchers. A button makes a great little umbrella stand. For mini beachy accessories, head to the toy department, the kids’ Barbie bins or their play room! Find what makes your own desktop beach “zen.”  I found the perfect beach themed doll set at a discount store (she looks just like me). From then on, it was a blast to set up these beach scenes!

Do-It-Yourself Desktop Zen Beach

Do-It-Yourself Desktop Zen Beach (She looks just like me!)

This desktop addition is sure to help you beat those Monday morning blues!  Have fun, change it up, and try to get some work done! ;-)

Now you can get away every day with your very own mini zen beach!

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Gulf Coast Pendant Beauties; They Begged to be Strung!

Posted by E.G.D. on August 9, 2012

You know, some seashells just beg to be necklace pendants.  Just think of how many beautiful shells you find on any beach trip that have perfectly placed holes in them, and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean.  Recently, Jody and I drove down to the Louisiana Gulf Coast (sometimes called the Cajun Riviera), and I came home with three shells that found their ways onto chains and cords within the week.

Now, this is a project that anyone and everyone with a steady hand can do.  All I used was a length of chain, a bit of waxed necklace cord, lobster-claw clasps (purchased at a craft store) and a pair of needle nosed pliers.  Alternately, I could have used a “necklace kit,” which they sell pretty much everywhere, including Walmart and Target.  Without further ado, here is the first shell necklace!  It has interesting craters in it, so I call it the moon shell necklace.

I couldn’t have chosen a better place for those holes than the place nature chose for me!

This is the flip side. What a lovely shade of blue!

Here’s a slightly different angle

It hangs so nicely!

This next one I thought looked a little bit like a wing, and I strung it on a piece of waxed cord between two silver-sheen beads.

And finally, this one has a nice natural grunge effect.  It is a thoroughly weathered lightning whelk shell.

Aren’t they fun?  And it only took me about ten minutes per piece, most of which was deciding how long I wanted to make the cord or chain so that the shell would hang nicely.  Goodness knows, I could do this a hundred times over with shells in my collection, and I wouldn’t have to drill a single hole!  Nature does provide.

Happy beach crafting! -E.G.D.

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Seashell Decoupage: Fun After the Sun!

Posted by E.G.D. on May 3, 2012

Decoupage Seashells by E.G.D. (Left: Sea in the Shell, Right: Pink Elephant Parade)

I recently went to Galveston Island, Texas with my parents and my sister’s family, and I gathered a good many seashells.  My niece and nephew actually gathered about a gallon of shells (they’re at a not-very-discriminating age and picked up everything they could find).  We’ve got shells all over the place around here, and many of them are still sitting around in plastic bags that are half full of wet sand.

Now, I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.   I’m sure you’ve even been in my shoes a time or two.  I found myself asking the eternal question of the shell collector with too many of the same kind and color of shell: “what am I going to do with all of these?”

The answer did not immediately present itself, but I can be a pretty resourceful sort of person, and I teach after-school art classes to preschool and elementary school students.  Inspiration struck two weeks ago when I was teaching a unit on decoupage (the art of applying 2 dimensional art to a 3 dimensional form and then varnishing it.  The 2D art is almost always paper cutouts) to a class of fifth graders.  I asked them to please bring their own items for the project, but I also assured them that I would bring some items for those who couldn’t find anything at home.  The day before I started the lesson, I scrounged around in my things, and I came up with plastic and cardboard jewelry boxes, a plastic Easter egg, and a great big handful of seashells!  The seashells were a bit of an afterthought, and I didn’t really expect many people to use them because I thought the students would be bringing their own items, but when I arrived on the day we started the project, not one single student had brought one single thing.   It was a very, very good thing I came extra-prepared, and the students did some incredible work.  I would venture to say that my favorite pieces were the decoupage seashells.

Decoupage Shell Charm by Leah, 5th Grade Artist Extraordinaire

Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  Here are the very simple instructions for how to make these beauties:  First, assemble cutouts for your decoupage collage.  For the examples shown above, I cut out teeny-tiny bits of photographs out of travel magazines.  The students were kind enough to help me find all sorts of fun pink things for the one on the right, and for the one on the left, I simply rifled through the pages cutting a tiny bit out of every body-of-water image I could find.

The inside of Leah’s Decoupage Shell Charm

If you look at the examples on the sides, you can see the incredible, bursting-with-personality piece that one of the students made with a 1” long shell that had a convenient hole in it.  It’s a charm!  Anyhow, on to the next instruction: water down some white glue, using about two parts glue to one part water.  When you’re ready to apply your magazine bits to your (clean and dry) shell, use a paint brush to brush the glue onto the shell (important note:this does not work nearly as well if you brush the glue onto the paper!).  Then apply the picture bits, carefully smoothing them down with your fingers or your paintbrush.  Finally, brush on one more layer of glue to seal everything and make it shiny.  If you want this project to be permanent, you could use varnish instead of glue, but I do not recommend using anything quick-drying and permanent if you are doing this project with kids under the age of 8 or 9.

There you have it!  Inspiration struck, opportunity knocked, and I now know one more fun thing to do with those extra seashells in my collection. Three cheers for fun, in or out of the sun! -E.G.D.

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For Gift Giving and Everyday Display: Bottle Those Beach Treasures!

Posted by Jody on December 5, 2011

Here’s a really quick, simple, inexpensive gift idea!  Best of all, these little presents are colorful and eye catching display pieces that can be enjoyed year round. These “Beach in a Bottle” collections are lots of fun to make and even more fun to give to any beach lover on your list. Of course, you’ll want to make a few of these for yourself, too.

From Left to Right: 1)Sanibel Island, Florida 2)Venice Beach, Florida 3)Avalon, Catalina Island, California (©Jody Diehl)

All you need are a few glass containers of various sizes.  The sizes and shapes of your chosen glassware may be dependent upon where you (or your giftee) will show off your seashell and beach treasure collections.  Will you place them on a shelf in your kitchen?  Then, go ahead and choose salt and pepper shakers, a Parmesan cheese shaker, or perhaps a restaurant style sugar dispenser. You get the idea. Just make sure that there aren’t too many angles in the glass-work because you don’t want the glass to be too distracting from the treasures inside! Be sure to pick the sizes that are right for the seashells you want to display.  Also keep in mind that those special seashells and beach treasures need to fit through the openings of the glass containers you choose.

Now, have fun picking out the very best of your beach treasures for each container.  (This could lead to some serious discussion if you decide to make it a group effort.)  Be sure to label the bottom of each showpiece with the beach name for each collection.  It’s easy to get the containers mixed up if the seashells inside are similar!

You might want to use a kitchen funnel to add a little clean, sifted sand from the same beach. Tie the bottle up with a ribbon and Voila, an easy breezy variation on the “beach in a bottle” seashell craft.  A gift from anyone to anyone. Children especially love to pick out each special seashell that will go into the little “beach in a bottle” gifts.  We picked up little plastic bottles with screw-on tops from the craft store for our little 4 year old designer. He was one proud little boy, handing his homemade gifts out on Christmas morning.

To Nana, From Liam - Christmas 2010 (©Jody Diehl)

You really can bottle that day at the beach feeling for year-round enjoyment!

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Crafting with Seashells for Memories and Gift Giving: Seashell Wall Art

Posted by Jody on November 28, 2011

Outer Banks Memories / Seashell Wall Art

Many years ago we lived in the Tidewater Area (aka: Hampton Roads) of Virginia. Moving from Norfolk to Virginia Beach and north to Hampton and Newport News, our family enjoyed the inherent pleasures of living near the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay.

Becoming a Girl Scout leader was an easy choice, having a husband away on the USS Yellowstone and three daughters to keep occupied. As luck would have it, my Sandpiper Girl Scout troop decided to plan a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Earth Day weekend of 1990, eleven of us set out on our “explore”  to discover the sights, culture and history of this naturally beautiful chain of barrier islands.

We all returned with such special memories. Each one of us came home with one or two favorite experiences from our coastal journey. For Kristie, the best part of the trip was exploring Jockey’s Ridge State Park, site of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. For Ali, the most fun was our walking tour of Ocracoke Island. Visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial, attempting to locate the legendary Pin Hill, getting up early to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean… the list went on and on.

We  commemorated our Outer Banks adventure with individual hand crafted seashell wall hangings.  Simple needle work and glued on seashell bits now remind me of how much fun we all had together on the coast of North Carolina.

Using burlap border found in a roll at the fabric store, Outer Banks seashell treasures, yarn, glue, and a little imagination, we had a great time crafting our wall hangings. My seashell wall art included the 11 of us stitched on the top of the banner, the prettiest seashell pieces glued into place, a Girl Scout pin, a needlework depiction of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse and the year of our trip. A small wooden dowel and hanging ribbon completed the seashell wall art. It captured treasured memories of our Colonial Coast Girl Scout troop and the fun-filled trip to North Carolina’s barrier islands that I still hold dear today.

Explore the Outer Banks Girl Scout Patch

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Seashell Crafting for All Ages!

Posted by Jody on November 22, 2011

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!

Seashell Crafting Party

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 are pretty inexpensive too, when purchased in bulk bags. For that extra special personal touch, be sure to keep in mind the giver’s and receiver’s favorite colors, hobbies, sports, etc.

Now, with  just a little imagination, kids of all ages are ready to create homemade seashell Christmas ornaments for everyone on their list!

You can use a thin Sharpie on an unobtrusive spot for the artist’s name and the year, and you will want to add a  little loop of ribbon to the back/top so you can hang your seashell Christmas ornaments on the tree!

Seashell Ornaments for the Baseball Fan

Top Ten Reasons to Seashell Craft with Kids (Not necessarily in any order!)

1) Seashell crafting with kids brings back happy memories of times together at the seashore.

2) Seashell crafting with kids gives you the chance to make even more fun-filled  family memories!

3) Doing crafts together gives everyone a chance to use his or her imagination. Go crazy, be creative!

3) Crafting with kids gives them a chance to make gifts from the heart – and then give them to others.

4) Hey, you get to set the littlest ones up on your lap.  Enough said!

5) Seashell crafting is something the whole family can do together! It’s a wonderful bonding opportunity.

6) Everyone achieves that sense of accomplishment!  Liam, our almost-4-year-old grandson, couldn’t wait to take some of his special seashell artwork to school for “Show and Tell.”

7) If you are seashell crafting with the kids, you know where they are… and what they are doing.

8) Seashell crafting with kids requires no TV, no computer, and no video screen!

9) It’s so much fun in so many ways! ~ Just saying “googly” seems to crack kids up!

10) After the clean-up:  Hot chocolate and a plate of Christmas cookies to celebrate a job well-done. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

*Please come on back and share your seashell Christmas ornament photos with us! We’d love to see them!*

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Shellebrating Christmas in July!

Posted by Jody on July 28, 2011

Can you believe it?  Christmas ornaments are already popping up in card stores all over the country.  Yep, It’s Christmas in July!

So many touristy areas have Christmas shops that are open year ’round.  We have one here in Historic Old Town Albuquerque and there’s a Christmas shop near the Plaza in Santa Fe too.  We are the kind of travelers who try to go home with a Christmas ornament carefully tucked away in our suitcase, no matter where we visit.  Sure, lots of vacationers do this, but we beachcombers can add our own personal touches to the standard Christmas shop fare and transform these basic store-bought decorations into our very own kitschy little beach treasure mementos.

Kitschy Beach Treasure Ornaments

This is a really easy seashell craft idea for seashell Christmas ornaments.  You don’t need to leave them boxed up in the attic or packed away in the garage, though. We keep these two out all year-long with our “memento tree.” (A little cast iron display “tree” we purchased from Orvis)

“Santa, Buried in the Sand,” was personalized by the addition of little shell pieces that two of my daughters and I found on Daytona Beach, FL.  We were in Florida during college-search-summer for our second daughter. Of course we hit the beach! (She ended up in Tulsa.) “Sand Castle” was given to Greg, by our sweetest-ever four-year old grandson, as a Christmas gift last year.  It’s Oh So Special  because he had decorated the “sand” by gluing on small seashells Greg and I had found on Sanibel Island earlier that December.

FYI:  There are only 150 days until Christmas!

Kitsch you later!  -J-

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Fun Weekend Project: Seashell Wind Chimes

Posted by Jody on July 22, 2011

Here’s an awesome idea for displaying your beach treasures.  It’s a very clever way to make  seashell wind chimes! I found an article about easy-to-make seashell wind chimes that will remind you of those calming ocean breezes long after you return home with your seashell treasure-trove.

You just need a few mismatched spoons and forks (easy enough to find at your local thrift store), sea shells, some beads, a couple of tools, and a touch of imagination.  The author suggests this as an adult/child activity, and even though I know it would be great fun to do with the grandkids… I’m not going to wait!!

Easy Seashell Wind Chime Craft

A very simple seashell craft! Imagine what great gifts these easy seashell wind chimes would make for fellow beach lovers, or for anyone who appreciates nature’s ornaments.

Easy Breezy!  It’s “green,” it’s fun, it’s low-cost and it’ll make the memories last!

Here’s the link: Make a wind chime using shells from your next beach outing by Laura Elson for Grace: A Magazine for Women.

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