Beachy Crafts

Save those seashells!

An Underwater Diorama made from SeashellsIf 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.

Craft Supplies:

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shells!
  • Clear plastic wrap (optional)

How To Make It:

  1. Discard the lid of the shoebox.
  2. Paint the inside of the box blue and, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle blue and green glitter over it.
  3. Turn the box on its side so that the bottom of the box becomes the background of your sea scene.
  4. Add sea creature stickers to the background.
  5. Cut seaweed shapes out of craft foam and glue them to the background.
  6. Spread white glue all over the bottom of the scene and sprinkle sand on it to create the ocean floor.
  7. Use a hot glue gun (with adult assistance) to attach as many shells to the ocean floor as you choose.
  8. 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:

  1. String them together to make a beachy necklace.
  2. Glue them to a small wooden chest to make a cool jewelry or keepsake box.
  3. Glue them around the outside of a photo frame and use it to display your best summer vacation picture.
  4. Fill a jar with them and have everyone in the family try to guess how many are inside.
  5. Dip them in paint and use them to create cool stamps on paper!

About The Author

Tara Lo
Tara Lo is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked with children aged 6 months to 12 years in a variety of settings. From day camps to daycare centers, homeless shelters to hotel resorts, and kindergarten classrooms to community centers. Tara is a former writer for Webkinz Jr., where she used her knowledge of child development and all things preschool to help create lovable characters, catchy songs, silly stories, and fun activities. Tara is now a work-at-home mom who splits her days between writing, running a home daycare, and being constantly amazed by her wonderful son.

4 Responses to Beachy Crafts

  1. DIVA681 says:

    I made a project like this with a group of kids except we painted boxes. First we read the book A House for Hermit Crab. We found some shells at a craft store. It was a lot of fun.

  2. arwenevenstar says:

    You don’t need to discard the top. For extra decorating space you can put the lid on the bottom of the box at a 90 degree angle, so it sticks out front, making a larger “beach” area. If your kids are like mine, you will need the extra space for all those beach treasures!

  3. joan1946 says:

    Neat idea, have to try some of this.