School of Seashell Fish

A fun way to use up some of those seashell from vacation!

How to Make a Sea Shell CraftYou and your kids collected a ton of seashells at the beach, and now you’re wondering what to do with them all! If you didn’t get a chance to hit the beach this summer, you can pick up seashells from the craft store and sometimes find them at garage sales, too. Sit down with your kids and make these easy tropical fish!

Craft Supplies:

  • Assorted seashells
  • Googly eyes, various sizes
  • Hot glue gun or instant grab glue

Note: If using a hot glue gun, it’s best that parents handle that part. Instant grab glue dries quickly and is a nice alternative.

How to Make It:

  1. Lay out your shells first, choosing smaller shells for dorsal fins, tail and side fins.
  2. Once you have chosen which shells go with which, go ahead and glue them together.
  3. Glue googly eyes onto your fish.
  4. To display, try adding some blue cellophane to a piece of foam core board and gluing the fish to your faux sea.

About The Author

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook, make kid's crafts and create decorative items for her home. She is a crafting expert and guru in the kitchen and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. She is also the editor for the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip and owner of . You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin'

9 Responses to School of Seashell Fish

  1. Kendra says:

    These are so cute! I don’t have kids but am going to make some anyway. This is the kid of gift you can give to that um… “older” member of the family that says “Don’t get me anything, I don’t want anything, I don’t need anything, bah humbug” :) Maybe if the shell isn’t that perfect you can add big sequins to look like scales, or even paint them, embellish them, glue a small rock under it for a paperweight, add Bling. Bling Fish, there ya go. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. frog says:

    Cool craft idea!

  3. Angi says:

    What a cute craft to do after getting back from the beach!

  4. Amanda says:

    Haha Kendra, I love the idea of bling fish! :) Thanks frog!

  5. Minny says:

    Made angels from my shells but didn’t think about making fish. thanks for the idea.

  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks Angi and Minny!

  7. StarrLoop says:

    We are making these today with all our friends at our pool party! Great fun for everyone and something special to take home to remember our time together! Thanks for yet another amazing and fun craft to do together!! GanzParent Club ROCKS! :o )

  8. sweetheartbubbles says:

    Thanks StarrLoop!!

  9. GPC user says:

    I love them… this is a great project for school …. and then let the kids take them home to Mom….