By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
Here's a great way for kids to save their treasures from the beach all in one place! Display the final product on a bookshelf or nightstand in your child's room.
What you'll need:
- Large shell
- Several small shells
- Sand dollar or starfish
- White craft glue
- Sponge applicator
- Miniature craft stick
- Alphabet beads
How to make it:
- Squeeze a generous amount of white glue all over the inside of the large shell. Spread the glue with the sponge applicator. (See photo.)
- For the large item, such as a starfish or a sand dollar, add glue to the back of the item then find a spot on the shell where the item will be fairly flush and stick it in place. (See photo.)
- Add small shells, pebbles, and anything else you like to the remaining area of the large shell. (See photo.)
- Cover the entire contents of the large shell with sand. Leave for a couple of hours to dry. (See photo.)
- Pipe a line of glue onto the craft stick and glue the alphabet beads in place, spelling out your name. Let dry. (See photo.)
- Gently turn the shell over to dump out the excess sand, lightly tapping the shell. Glue the nameplate to the front of the shell and let dry. (See photo.)
- Depending on the size of your large shell and the child's name, you may need to adjust the size craft stick that you use.
- Alphabet beads are available in a variety of colors and sizes at your local craft supply store.
- You can use sand from the beach, or purchase sand from the craft store.