If you’ve taken one or more trips to the beach this summer, chances are you’ve got a small (or large) collection of shells at home. Kids love picking up shells off the beach because they’re pretty and because (unless you’re very lucky) you don’t find stuff like that in your own backyard. But what do you do with all the shells that your kids have hauled home? Add them to your drawer of art supplies and get crafting!
Shoebox Sea Scene
Use some of your collected shells to make this pretty underwater display.
- Shoebox (or other similarly sized box)
- Blue paint
- Blue and green glitter
- Sand (real or colored craft sand)
- White glue
- Sea creature stickers
- Craft foam
- Hot glue gun
- Clear plastic wrap (optional)
How To Make It:
- Discard the lid of the shoebox.
- Paint the inside of the box blue and, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle blue and green glitter over it.
- Turn the box on its side so that the bottom of the box becomes the background of your sea scene.
- Add sea creature stickers to the background.
- Cut seaweed shapes out of craft foam and glue them to the background.
- Spread white glue all over the bottom of the scene and sprinkle sand on it to create the ocean floor.
- Use a hot glue gun (with adult assistance) to attach as many shells to the ocean floor as you choose.
- If you wish, cover the front of the box with clear plastic wrap to create an aquarium.
Five More Fun Things To Do With Shells:
- String them together to make a beachy necklace.
- Glue them to a small wooden chest to make a cool jewelry or keepsake box.
- Glue them around the outside of a photo frame and use it to display your best summer vacation picture.
- Fill a jar with them and have everyone in the family try to guess how many are inside.
- Dip them in paint and use them to create cool stamps on paper!