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Posts Tagged ‘crafts with seashells’

Seashells and Glue Guns: A Weekend Project!

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2013

Seashell Framed Mirror

Seashell Framed Mirror

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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3D Beach Treasure Picture Frame by KK

Posted by Jody on November 18, 2012

Today’s Awesome Crafter and Featured Writer is Fellow Blogger KK @ KnowledgeKnut

When I stumbled upon Jody’s blog (or maybe it was vice versa) I thought how fun it would be to submit a craft project for beach treasures that I was in the process of doing.  I also thought it would give me the push (read shove) to finish it!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

So, I have a series of pictures to accompany the steps.  Even though I purchased this frame at Pier One, it would be incredibly easy to make.  The frame is 1 ¼ thick, 21” tall, 18” wide.  The wire could be replicated by using wire coat hangers (remember those?).  You can paint the frame any color you like, even to compliment or contrast your décor.  Consider what I will be showing you as something similar to a basic cookie dough recipe.  You can change it up any way you want!

I actually got two frames from Pier One for 50% off each.  They were marked down because the little clothes pins had been lost.  I simply went to a craft store, purchased a bag of small pins and painted them the colors I wanted.

Then I sat looking at the frames for a long time wondering what in the heck I was going to do with them.  My initial thought was B&W photos, but I don’t really have any of those and I don’t want vintage ones of people I don’t know!  So I finally settled on beach treasures.  Lord knows I have enough of them around the house.  But after I fixed up the clothes pins and attached the shells and things, it looked so blah.  That was when I came up with idea for a three dimensional look.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

What I really want is a vintage map of Point Reyes Beach, Sir Francis Drake Beach, etc.  These maps can run high ($$$), so my girlfriend found something else for me.  She says this is drawer liner (very nice weight).  Subsequently, I decided to give that a try for now.  The other thing I needed was something for the front of the frame.  I found vintage, used fishing net (not fishy), for a really great price on e-Bay (what can’t you find on e-Bay?).  I’m all set, ready?

3D Picture Frame(s)

The frames measure 21” T x 18” x W 1 ¼” thick.  I would imagine that any width of wood would work, and you can make it whatever size you need.  For informational purposes, these frames have 9 slots (for want of a better word).  The wire used is approximately the thickness of a wire hanger, perhaps a bit thicker, but it is really not necessary to go that thick.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

1.  First thing I did was go to the craft store for those clothes pins.  Then I painted them.  As you can see from the finished picture – I can’t count – I left one out!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

2.  The next thing I did was play around with the beach treasures.  Some things were too heavy, some things hung funny, some things looked funny and I wanted a mix of sizes, shapes and objects.

3.  I attached the painted, dried, pins.  I noticed this could be done a couple of ways and am still playing around with that.  Then I got my supplies in order:  beach treasures, backing, netting, tape and staple gun.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

4.  I played around with the layout of the map (backing) versus the placement of the treasures for maximum effect.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

5.  I marked where I needed to cut the backing and then temporarily taped it to the frame.  This way I can make sure it is straight, before I staple gun it to the frame.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

6.  Depending upon how I want the net, I may attach the treasures first, then place the net on top or work the net into some of the treasures so things look tangled.  Still playing with that idea.

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

7.  Finished (almost) look!  Lots of fun and I am getting ready to do my second frame!

Photo by KK @ KnowledgeKnut

Jody’s note: Wow! What a creative way to display and decorate with beach treasures!  Wouldn’t this be the perfect gift for the beach enthusiast on your list? Imagine the possibilities.

KK, thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity with us! 


About KK:  Just this week, I made my acting debut at Stage 3 in Sonora, in the production of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon. I also recently did a radio show on breast cancer, attended an awesome, local, empowerment retreat , am creating a very popular blog, wrote an article for my local paper, The Union Democrat, and am working on publishing my first book. My curiosity is boundless, which has led me on a very interesting life path. Let me show you.

I currently hold degrees or certificates in the following fields: Master Gardener; Educational Therapist Certification (well almost); Foundation Certificate in Gemmology (Great Britain); BA in Law Studies; Paralegal Certificate; AA in Language & Literature and; Gourmet Cooking & Catering Certificate.   I speak 6 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Farsi), some of them very poorly, but at least I can find the restroom!

Please come visit me, I can promise to put a smile on your face, or maybe even make you laugh. You may stumble across one of my “thinking” posts or may simply be entertained by the photography. Either way, I promise it will be fun!


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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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Decorating with Seashells – A Friday Thrift Store Find

Posted by Jody on June 15, 2012

This seashell decorating idea is as easy as 1-2-3! I especially like that I can change the setup on a whim. This display might have a very different look tomorrow or after our next trip to the beach with the kids. 🙂

I was happy to find this matching frame and pillar candle holder set at a local thrift store. When I got home, I simply filled the candle plate with a layer of sand and added a few of the nicest seashell treasures Greg and I had collected on a trip to Sanibel Island, Florida.




The framed photo (in case you wondered) is a silhouette of Greg, beachcombing in the early morning light of a beautiful Sanibel Island sunrise. I just love the way the sunlight skips across the Gulf.

Decorating with your favorite beach treasures and seashells can be that easy!

Wishing you days of collecting wonderful memories at the beach.

Comments?  Suggestions? Tips? Please share with us in the comment space below. ~ Thanks

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Garage Sale Inspiration for a Fun Seashell Craft

Posted by Jody on May 11, 2012

Here’s a fun and easy seashell craft idea the whole family can enjoy! This little seashore themed frame was found at a neighborhood garage sale. How’s that for a “Friday Find?”

Garage Sale Inspiration

Simple enough to do – just gather your seashells, beach treasures, craft glue and an old picture frame.  The glass was still in this frame, but this artsy project could easily work without it.  The photo space was covered with a sandy colored burlap fabric, the glass inserted, and then seashells, beads and doodads were glued onto the glass in a spray pattern. You might even consider creating a different, more personalized look with a favorite beach photo as the background instead of the burlap.

What a great weekend activity! The results of this fun and easy seashell art project are limitless. Just set your creativity loose and have a wonderful time!

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Make Your Own Sailor’s Valentine! ~A Seashell Craft for All Ages~

Posted by Jody on February 13, 2012

The Sailor’s Valentine is such an interesting and beautiful art form. This mosaic handicraft, using colorful seashells as the medium, is believed to have originated in the early 1800s.

Antique Sailor's Valentine, circa 1870 (Photo by Verne Equinox/Wikimedia Commons)

Symmetrically designed, and often including short, affectionate phrases (think Conversation Hearts), Sailors’ Valentines weren’t actually made by sailors.   These hand decorated, octagonal boxes were actually souvenirs, brought back home to loved ones by sailors returning from the islands of the Caribbean Sea. According to The Baily-Matthews Shell Museum, “Contrary to myth, sailors’ valentines were not made by sailors in order to pass time at sea. They were usually assembled by female residents of Barbados and other Caribbean ports of call for New England whalers to purchase and bring back to their loved ones waiting at home. The craftswomen would often include romantic phrases such as “Forget-me-not” and “Remember me”. Recently this art form has undergone a revival amongst shell crafters.”

The Puget Sound Navy Museum has simple directions online to make your very own Sailor’s Valentine. A few easy to find materials and a little creativity are all you need. Gather your small seashells and beach treasures, glue, a pencil, and cardboard, wood, or papier mache boxes. This fun project can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. That makes creating a Sailor’s Valentine the perfect project for kids and adults alike!

Valentine - circa 1920 (Photo by Chordboard/Wikimedia Commons-USPD)

Will you be our Valentine?

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Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Sea Star and Seashell Ornaments – Year Round Treasures

Posted by Jody on December 19, 2011

Sea Star and Seashell Ornament I (©Jody Diehl)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The snow is really coming down in Albuquerque, New Mexico today.  I’ve always heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Although I have never heard it said with authority, I would bet that the same holds true for seashells.

Greg and I found these lovely sea star and seashell ornaments on a Christmas tree at the Hotel Del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  Just like snowflakes, no two were alike!

Sea Star and Seashell Ornament II (©Jody Diehl)

Surely these lovely seashore charms can be used as decorations year round!  They can be hung from ceiling fans and light pulls.  How about using them to adorn a fireplace mantle or perching them on the shelf with your travel books? The possibilities seem endless.

A quick run to the local craft store – if you don’t have these beauties in your beach treasure collection already – and a trusty hot glue gun should do ‘ya .  Simple, fun and festive.  These are great Christmastime and year round decorations.  What a thoughtful holiday gifting idea!

Happy holidays and happy beachcombing to you and yours!

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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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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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