Sea Shell Art

We went to Myrtle Beach last summer, while we were there the kids collected a bunch of shells. They have been in a dish on a book shelf ever since. Kinky (the cat) occasionally knocks them off and I find them all over the floor, so today I decided to use some of them to do crafts with the kids. We made turtles and flowers. Wyatt made some kind of shell monster that eventually crashed into something and fell apart.

For this project you will need:

  • Shells
  • Paint
  • Hot Glue or other strong adhesive
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Cardboard
  • Something to make eyes on your turtle
  • Scissors
  • Magnet (optional)

*Please supervise and assist children with anything hot or sharp during this project*

Lets get started!

Cut a small piece of cardboard into a circle, put glue on and add shells like in the picture. Paint and let dry.


Echo loves when she gets to paint.


Paint another shell and glue the bottom of it to the other shells.


Now for the turtles take a shell and use it to make the bottom piece. Trace it and cut it out.


Cut out 1 head with a long neck, 4 legs and a little triangle tail.


Glue them all to the big piece of foam. Paint your shell so it will have time to dry before gluing it on.


Glue the shell and foam piece together, add the eyes and Ta-Da!


We added magnets to the back so they all can go on the refrigerator.


Thank you for checking out our super fun shell project. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Have a good one!

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  • Theresa Sutton
    January 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Super cute shell art!

    I love Myrtle Beach. We’re in NC, so we typically go there a few times a year. And every year I have to stop at the Christmas Shop at Barefoot Landing 🙂

    • Ashley Brown
      January 16, 2016 at 8:56 PM

      Thank you. We love it there.

  • Warren - Blog to Taste
    January 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    What a nifty idea! thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Ashima
    January 17, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Love it — thanks for sharing :))

  • Tricia M Foster
    January 17, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Great ideas! Kids love collecting shells, but what do you do with them all? You get creative!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM

      Thank you.

  • Misty Eilar
    January 17, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    myrtle beach is so fun! love how the shells turned out!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 17, 2016 at 10:59 PM

      Thank you. They are really easy too.

  • Pam
    January 18, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    What fun creative ideas!! Thanks for these!

  • Jennifer Abel
    January 18, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    I love collecting shells, and yours are very creative, I bet the kids had fun. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

  • Caroline
    January 18, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Such a genius idea for shells after a beach trip! They’re so cute too

    • Ashley Brown
      January 18, 2016 at 7:24 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 19, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    That is a neat idea to use the shells you collected to remember your trip!

    Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday Linky Party!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 19, 2016 at 7:03 PM

      Thank you

  • Jojo
    January 19, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    What a cute idea!! It’s so simple and adorable. I definitely want to make a turtle now haha

    • Ashley Brown
      January 19, 2016 at 7:04 PM

      Thank you

  • Jessica Fancy
    January 19, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    This looks like SO much fun!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 19, 2016 at 7:04 PM

      Thank you

  • Sue
    January 20, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    those are so cute. great craft for everyone. I love the turtle 🙂

    • Ashley Brown
      January 20, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      Thank you

  • lela
    January 27, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    What a great little craft! We still have a bag of shells from our last vacation out in the garage just waiting to be turned into something. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  • Deanna Hershberger
    January 28, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Oh My Gosh! This makes me wish I had a beach close by! My daughter would absolutely love this! And what great decorations they make!

    Thanks for sharing with Everything Kids Link & Pin Party! Hope that you share more great ideas with us again on Sunday night!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 28, 2016 at 11:41 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  • Lindsay
    January 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    These are sooooooo cute! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #merrymonday!

    • Ashley Brown
      January 29, 2016 at 11:50 PM

      Thank you 🙂

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