Souvenir shells collected at the beach are the leftover skeletons of sea creatures that wash up to shore after they die. Shell hunters at beaches around the world collect every type and shape of seashell ranging from fan-shaped to conical and tubular. Turn your seashell collection into homemade crafts for young children to make and display as items of home decor
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Use small dessert-sized paper plates to make photo frames. Cut out the eating area in the middle of the plate slightly smaller than the photo you will use in the frame. Tape or glue the photo to the back of the plate so the front of the plate will frame it. Glue shells on the frame area surrounding the photograph. If you want to use more than one photograph, use smaller pictures and cut a frame area for each photo. For an easier version, glue photos in the middle of the plate without cutting the plate and add shells to only the outer rim of the paper plate. You can make a collage of pictures on the plate.
Cut out the middle of a dinner- or dessert-sized paper plate so there is only a wreath shape left. Paint the paper wreath or cover it with glued and fabric. Glue the seashells around the wreath. If you want to reinforce the paper, add a piece of thick cardboard to the back. An alternate method is to cut fabric to cover the paper plate and glue it in place. Add the shells after it dries. Make the wreath a souvenir of a family outing to the beach by gluing cut photos of the trip around the paper plate wreath. Add shells to highlight the photographs.
Cut out the middle of a paper plate in any size. Punch small holes around the ring of paper plate. Thread a piece of yarn or floss of different lengths through each hole and tie a knot to secure it in place. Drill a hole in each shell to tie the other end of the yarn to or glue a strand of yarn or floss to each shell. Add a piece of the same yarn or floss to two or four sides of the ring to hang the shell mobile from the ceiling. For an alternate-style mobile, fold the plate ring in half. Glue or staple the two halves together to form a half-circle. Punch the holes along the length of the half-circle. Add the yarn or floss and shells. Finish it with a hanging cord tied from holes in the two ends
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