Valentine Arrived Early: Shell Craft DIY
Remember my last beach post?
I finally found great ideas for what to make with my
I initially wanted to make a seahorse but discovered I did not have enough shells and I didn't like the look of my starfish either; so seeing the atmosphere was beginning to emit 'lovey-dovey' radiations, why not make a heart-shell craft or shell-heart craft? So heart-whatever-combination it was.
Seashells ('main ingredient')
Frame / Hardboard / cardboard or desired background
Glue / Gum
Blade / scissors
Ribbon / bow / embellishment...whatever floats your boat
Just two or three steps involved, really. (A very appropriate craft for a
'Free-hand' draw your heart shape or use any round object to draw the desired shape on the board or background you are using.
Arrange your shells as desired and hot-glue to the board.
(More simply: spread glue / gum on the board you are using and arrange shells on top, press down to secure in place)
I made use of scrap hard cards I found around the house. Actually came from the kids' Christmas gift pack while the ribbon/bow is from a gift hamper which should have long found their way to the dumps. (Yours truly is a master hoarder + scrap junkie)
After 'gumming' the shells to the card, I merely taped the edges / borders with the ribbon and glued in place before adding the four shells to the four edges.
A not-so-perfect 'wall-hangable' heart shell craft.
Now let's talk flaws.
See the wrinkles on the borders and the spaces between the shells? Oh, I forgot the visible pencil lines too...lol...Combination of the above succeeded in tilting the scale a bit towards wonky. No sweats.
Now I know you are smarter, so if using ribbons, pat or smooth down with your fingers to eliminate wrinkles and fill every available space with pebbles or small shells.
And oh, be sure to erase visible pencil lines or cover them with shells.
I did neither but I'm calling it great and moving on. The boys called it beautiful too, it's a hit already with them and I'm hanging it in their room. With a blue ribbon too. The season is blue.
Even though today is January 20, it's never too early to indulge in some 'valentine' craft if that kind of stuff is up your alley.
This is a very fun DIY to do so, get the creative juice flowing and churn out some beachy shelly crafts.
Do have a beachy week, beautiful people..and let me just let out a little secret..I HEART YOU.
Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (I John 3:18)
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