I love doing art projects with my kids. I’m a self-admitted crafting junkie, and I love to sit and watch as they create masterpieces.
A couple of years ago we went on a lovely trip for my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday to South Seas on Captiva Island, Florida. (aside: if you’ve never been there, it’s a great spot for families: www.southseas.com). The beach is gorgeous, and there are tons and tons of shells. Here is a small sampling of what we brought home:
My daughter is 7, and decided recently that she really wanted to do something with a few of her favorites. It was a fun and simple project and required very little time. Here’s what you need:
You will also need some type of flat wood you can paint in advance, depending on your desired size. We got our piece at A.C. Moore and it was around $2.00. Simply paint the wood and let it dry. Then, arrange your shells. Use the glue to adhere your shells (note, it smells terrible and should be used in a well-ventilated area). I ordered the glue on Amazon. Let it dry overnight. Find a ribbon that you like, and staple it to the back. Be sure to measure so that it is centered for proper hanging.
Here’s the finished product. It’s simple and small, but my daughter is very proud of it. It looks very cute hanging on her wall above her bed. I dated the back with a Sharpie because I know before I blink again, she will be heading off to college and I want to remember when we made it.