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Shell-Game How-To: Coquina Butterfly





  • Shells
  • Wax paper
  • Clear-drying cement
  • Toothpicks
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tweezers
  • Nail scissors
  • Wings: 1 joined pair of coquina shells (use the prettier side)
  • Body: 1 large sea urchin spine
  • Antennae: 2 small sea urchin spines


  1. Step 1

    With a toothpick, dab cement on the underside of the "hinge" between the open wings. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Dab cement on waxed paper; set the wings on cement.

  3. Step 3

    Dot cement on the body, and secure it between wings. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Dab cement on aluminum foil. With tweezers, drag each antenna through cement, then affix each to the body at an angle.

  5. Step 5

    While cement is tacky, use tweezers to lift and spread antennae. Let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Peel butterfly off waxed paper. With scissors, trim away excess cement.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2008



Reviews (21)

  • mgiles 23 Jun, 2008

    Never mind...just saw it.

  • mgiles 23 Jun, 2008

    I see no instructions on how to make the flowers...! That is the craft of the day isn't it? Good grief!

  • issad6000 21 Jun, 2008

    I'm Azza , I'm lebanese and I live in Qatar I love your work and I watch your Tv show . I'm interested in craft works and I'd love to learn more and be like you .
    Thanks alot

  • newjerseygirl 19 Jun, 2008

    Please show us the instructions for the sea shell blossoms.

  • mammienado 19 Jun, 2008

    Where can I find the sea urchin spine and the small sea urchin

    Thank You

  • praline 18 Jun, 2008

    These would be great hung in a window, to decorate a gift, or make into ornaments. So many things you can do with this!!!

  • PatchMom 17 Jun, 2008

    Ms. Lavid there is a page two if you click on it you will see the sea shell blossoms and instructions. See the turquoise it is beautiful. I just remembered I have scarf blossom roses made out of a type of colored metal. If you can get a scarf clip from a craft store this would make a beautiful scarf clip for silk scarf.

  • Lavid 17 Jun, 2008

    i thought today's project was "seashell blooms"...i think there is a mistake in the link.

  • PatchMom 17 Jun, 2008

    Get a cigar box with 2 side-by-side doors. The cigar boxes can be made into a beautiful little girls jewelry box. I love the turquoise. For the knobs I use tassels or earrings are good. For boys I thought 1.)spray paint brown 2) decoupage the box with maps 3) using sand dollars, starfishes, little sea horses (can be toy seahorses)

  • laurelsue 17 Jun, 2008

    When I lived in Hawaii, I found sea-urchin spines more often than other shells. They wash up on the beach after the creature dies, so we're not actually harming them by collecting these off the beach.
    A good source for shells? Try your local thrift store jewelry department for discarded shell lei's for very little money. Even if part of the strand is not fully intact, you'll still have plenty of shells to work with.

  • divajenn 17 Jun, 2008

    I made a Mussel shell flower like this years ago - glueing them onto a small piece of beach glass. I painted the edge of the shells with silver paint and smudged silver glitter glue at the pointy, inside end of the shell. A small periwinkle fills the centre. I glued a strong bit of wire, in a loop, to the back and hang it on our Christmas tree every year. It is a treasured ornament. I Summer in the New Brunswick(Canada)/Maine Border where these shells are plentiful on the beach :D

  • Anna_Marie 17 Jun, 2008


  • pkildow 17 Jun, 2008

    winterbeach, what on earth is negangered? Might you really mean endangered? For someone so particular with all your experties, I'm surprised you made such an obvious mistake. I am a daily visitor to MS Craft of the Day and I see that you comment often, but I don't think it has ever been positive or even nice, You appear to be one of those angry enviro nuts who are always complaining. Do us all a favor and find a different site to harrass, this is a place for creataivity and "good things".

  • martalia 17 Jun, 2008

    What kind (or brand) of clear-drying cement?

  • wcollins 17 Jun, 2008

    If you could find these shells in a smaller size, it would make a beautiful broach.

  • auntlizzie 17 Jun, 2008

    Sea urchin spines? How are these obtained? Lets use a material that is readily available and doesn't require dismembering a creature! Even at the beach, one doesn't find urchin spines. How about the little spiral shells instead?

  • ClassicNSJ 17 Jun, 2008

    I can't wait to give this one a try!!!!

  • scrapbookdi 17 Jun, 2008

    Does anyone know where to get all these shells and sea urchins as I live in the flooded midwest? Thank You!

  • surfotter 17 Jun, 2008

    I am very excited about this idea. I am engaged and doing a beach wedding. This will be a nice feature for the table or maybe place settings.

  • cbshiffman 17 Jun, 2008

    This is superb!

  • lynnfriel 17 Jun, 2008

    What a beautiful idea!