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Dyed Seashells

Dyed seashells make for a great warm-weather craft. This summer, you can display a keepsake from the beach at home in any color you choose.

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart


Featuring a myriad of colors, dyed seashells are a great way to add some creativity to your summer. Whether you're looking for a craft for the kids or simply want to make your own colorful ocean keepsake to pass the time, we're breaking down the steps so you can create these bright-hued shells at home. Best of all, the process couldn't be easier. If you've ever dyed an Easter egg, you're already well-equipped to dye a seashell.


  • White vinegar

  • Bowls or containers

  • Spoons

  • Paper towels

  • Optional: drying rack


  1. Mix one teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in one cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge a seashell completely. Use a spoon to mix.

  2. Submerge seashells in dye mixture and refer to our color wheel for recommended time. To create different tints, vary the dipping time. Using tongs helps you handle the seashells more easily.

  3. Line a tray, such as a baking tray or a cooling rack, with paper towels. Remove seashells from dye and place on paper towels to dry. A pin-board is also handy to dry shells.

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