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Shells

Explore 42 projects, 13 articles, 8 galleries, 20 videos, and more

Ombre Glittered Seashell Ornaments

Steps:4
Trim your tree with treasures from the sea. These shell ornaments are dusted with two shades of glitter and blended for a dazzling ombre effect.
Materials
  • Fine glitter in various colors, Essential Colors 24-pack glitter set, by Martha Stewart Crafts,  available at Michaels
  • White craft glue, by Martha Stewart Crafts, available at Michaels
  • Seashells, from seashellcity.com
  • Spoon
  • Dremel drill with 1/16-inch bit, dremel.com
  • Metallic cord, 1/16 inch, in gold and silver, from tinseltrading.com
  • Faux pearl beads, from lavalierenyc.com
  • Small baking cups (to hold glitter)
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Summer Collection Box

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Building, Framing, Summer
Display your beach-combing finds by filling a picture frame with seashells and showing off their nuances of color and shape. Mount one kind of shell -- or as many types as you can find at your vacation spot this year.
Materials
  • Deep-sided picture frame
  • Ruler 
  • Balsa wood
  • Utility knife 
  • Double-sided tape 
  • Decorative paper 
  • Spray adhesive 
  • Shells 
  • Pencil 
  • Craft glue or museum wax 
  • Paper label (optional) 
  • Brown-paper tape 
  • Mounting hardware and picture wire (optional)
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Shell House

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Shell Specimen Pedestal

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
Materials
  • Assorted sea-life specimens
  • Assorted wooden base objects
  • Drill, with 3/64-inch bit
  • 1 1/2-inch wooden bristle brush
  • Acrylic paint in gray and white
  • 5-minute epoxy
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Black wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver and rubber mallet for sea fans and metal file for coral branches (optional)
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Shell Paperweight

Steps:3
This delightful nature-themed desk accessory from Hannah Milman, executive editorial director of crafts, was inspired by the historical Sanibell Shell Fair and its collection of beach treasures.
Materials
  • Glass paperweight kit, photoweights.com
  • Mat board
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Beacon 527 adhesive
  • Small shells and other beach findings
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Shell Garden Pots How-To

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Shell Treasure Box How-To

Steps:4
Embellish some boxes with a mosaic of iridescent abalone chips. For others, attach single shells as knobs.
Materials
  • Bristle brush
  • Acrylic paint in orange, gray, and white
  • Wooden box
  • Thin paintbrush
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Shells (for the knobs)
  • Abalone chips (for the mosaic boxes)
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Nautilus Shell Vase

Steps:4
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