Making cute critters out of seashells is a way to have fun with vacation memories. First, be sure shells are completely clean of algae and debris, and free of odours. Soak your shells in a solution of equal parts bleach and water, then scrub them with an old toothbrush. Let dry and you're ready to craft.
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Let the kids make some funny shell creatures by simply gluing googly eyes on to shells. Children can display their creatures in groups or scatter them around having them looking at particular objects in the home. They can even glue cockle shells together to make an oyster-like creature. If you want to make them more colourful, paint the shells before gluing on eyes.
Use craft glue to attach shells together to make new kinds of animals. Gather shells and experiment with building bodies, feet, heads and other shapes before you glue together pieces. Use seed beads for eyes and small shells for noses and other body parts. See examples of cuddly koalas or cute little bunnies at the Martha Stewart website.
Make shell angels by using a large scallop shell to form a skirt, and medium shells for the bodice and the head. Add small pointed shells for arms and tiny shells for hair. Glue on googly eyes and shells for wings to complete the angel.
Use seashells to create magnet figurines that can decorate your kitchen refrigerator. You'll need shells, googly eyes, seed beads, a magnet strip, and craft glue. Play with your shells to form faces or animals. Glue the pieces together, add eyes, then attach the magnet strip to the back. The magnet can be used as soon as the glue dries.
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