How to make a sea shell photo frame

August 11, 2011

Collecting shells and building castles

Do you find yourself coming away from the beach with lots of beautiful sea shells and nothing to do with them? I searched everywhere for shell crafts and couldn’t find anything. Then decided to make a sea shell photo frame for our summer memories. This week we have really missed the beach. Luckily we came home with a big box of pretty shells to remind us of our time by the sea.

They didn’t really collect the shells – more eat them really!
Sorting the shells
After the shells had been collected and sorted it seemed a shame just to put them away. So we thought we would use them to make a pretty picture frame. My daughter placed them onto the frame (which was an old one we had lying around) and I stuck them on with strong glue. I used superglue so made sure she stayed well away. I found it was easier if you put the glue onto the frame and then placed the shell on top – that way you didn’t get any on your fingers. I liked the pattern she formed so I pretty much kept to it, I only rejigged a few here and there to make it a bit more symmetrical. 
Sort the shells into different types
Place one large shell in each corner. 
Form into a symmetrical pattern.
Glue the shells in place.
So there you go, one sea shell photo frame. Now we just need a nice picture to go in the middle. While I was doing the gluing, my daughter had fun painting a sandy beach. It was a good opportunity to practice some colour mixing too. 

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