Seashore ocean crafts can serve to remind you of pleasant family trips to the beach. Take your seashell treasures and transform them into crafty decorations for your home. Involve your children and create seashell wreaths, frames, collages and sand castings.
Use a hot glue gun to glue small seashells on a simple, pre-made grapevine wreath, which can be purchased at craft stores. Add the shells in a pattern around the wreath or randomly. Straw wreaths can also be used to make a shell wreath. A straw wreath is best used if it is entirely covered with shells (so that the straw does not show through). Allow the glue to dry before hanging your ocean-style wreath.
Any size wooden frame can be enhanced with seashells and other small ocean trinkets. Use a hot glue gun or craft glue and apply small- to medium-sized shells around the frame. Coloured shells can be added to create coloured patterns and designs around the frame. Seashell frames add a complementary touch to beach pictures. They even make inexpensive gifts.
Hang a large fishing net on your wall using nails to hold it in place. Place shells, starfish and other ocean treasures from your beach trips into the netting by weaving them in place. Add small, memorable pictures from your vacation into the netting as well. Add a small anchor or a sailboat steering wheel to the fishing net to embellish your wall collage.
Make sand castings of your child's hand or footprints. Scoop some of the thick sand at the edge of the ocean into a bucket. Have your child press her hand or foot into the sand at least 1 inch deep. Mix some plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the package and pour it into the prints. Allow it to dry for about 25 minutes. Carefully pull the moulds out of the bucket and brush off the extra sand from the cast. Turn the cast upside down and allow it to fully harden in the sun for at least an hour or more.
Beach In A Jar
Any clear glass jar with a cork or topper can be turned into a centrepiece decoration. Add shells, starfish, some sand and any small seashore findings into the glass jar. Glue a few small seashells to the topper or cork and let it dry. Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar in a colour that matches your decor.
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