How to Harden Rope to Hang Shells

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How to Harden Rope to Hang Shells
If you're not near a beach, you can purchase shells at a craft store. ( Images)

Don't leave the shells you gather during your next beach vacation sitting in an old bucket. By hanging them on a rope to make a shell garland or a shell wind chime, you can enjoy their beauty all year long. Seashell garlands look especially appropriate hung under a patio near a pool or along the walls of a nautically themed room. Rope used to hang shells does not need to be hardened first. However, if you would like the rope to be stiff, you can easily do it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Rope
  • Newspaper
  • Liquid starch
  • Plastic bowl
  • Clothes hanger
  • Clothespins

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  1. 1

    Cut the rope in the lengths desired for your shell-hanging project. For a garland, a length of 6 feet or more is appropriate. For a wind chime, pieces can be 12 inches and shorter.

  2. 2

    Cover you work surface with newspaper. Prepare an area for drying your rope as well by placing newspaper under the intended drying area. A coat rack, curtain rod or patio beam are possible areas for drying the rope.

  3. 3

    Fill a bowl with liquid starch.

  4. 4

    Dip the pieces of rope in the liquid starch. The rope should be completely submerged and fully coated with the liquid starch.

  5. 5

    Remove the rope from the bowl and use a clothespin to clip the rope to a clothes hanger. Continue dipping and hanging rope pieces until all the pieces are coated in liquid starch and clipped to the hanger.

  6. 6

    Place the hanger in the previously prepared drying place. Allow the rope to dry overnight.

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