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Seashell Craft Ideas: Wall Hanging

Living near the beach is lovely but it does tend to get rather busy on hot days. This weekend we had an early visit there on our way elsewhere to avoid the crowds. We love sea crafts for kids and I’ve been trying to think of some seashell craft ideas that I can do with my toddler, we picked up some seashells and driftwood while we were there and bought them home to make something with later that evening. This is what we came up with!

Seashell craft ideas

A couple of weeks back I saw this DIY wall hanging on Tigerlilly Quinn hat I really liked, but I thought it might be fun to use things that we found at the seaside and use some driftwood rather than dowling rod.

We hunted on the beach for shells with holes already in them, harder than it sounds! This is our collection.


seashellsI also grabbed some of my beloved bakers twine and let my toddler choose some paints. Predictably I couldn’t find the paintbrushes anywhere so we used sponges instead. No big deal.

making seashell craftsHe painted the shells and then once the paint had dried I tied the bakers twine around the driftwood an through the holes in the shells. A couple of shells didn’t work as hoped but hey that’s what happens when you scavenge things, they’re natural objects and arguably have been designed for a purpose other than toddler crafts.

how to make a seashell wall hangingAnd that’s it done! I think it looks pretty cute! I had planned on doing it in subtle glittery colours but when you let a toddler choose you’ve got to expect the bright stuff and actually I think that looks better.

DIY seashell wall hanging

As my son tends to come home with pockets full of shells I’d love to hear about any seashell craft ideas you have. Do you make anything with them or just leave them around to look pretty?

You can check out all the Sea Crafts for Kids on Craft on Sea over here and if you like seaside crafts why not follow my Pinterest board for more inspiration!
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  1. 19th May 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Lovely idea, and it looks great. So simple, but really effective and a great craft to get the kids involved in x

  2. 19th May 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Ooh, that’s really pretty. Wish we lived near the seaside, or at least within an hour’s drive instead 2+.

  3. 19th May 2014 / 3:12 pm

    As someone who often sits down only to realised I’ve a back pocket full of shells this is fab! x

  4. 19th May 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Simple and effective:) I think strings of shells can make great wind chimes, whether they are just pretty or make a lovely noise I have no idea as never got as far the execution of the idea!!

    • 19th May 2014 / 7:15 pm

      Ha, I know what you mean! Will have to give it a try 🙂

  5. 19th May 2014 / 7:27 pm

    What a lovely idea! We might try this, but an urban version – roadside sticks and snail shells! I think it could work…..

  6. 19th May 2014 / 11:08 pm

    This looks lovely; it would be great hanging from trees in a garden too. Our nearest beach is a stony one so we normally come back with a collection of interesting pebbles, some of which we paint and varnish and hide around the garden. The idea is that when the boys are parents themselves their children can run round the garden finding all the treasures that their daddies collected when they were young.

  7. 20th May 2014 / 10:25 am

    I like the simplicity of this idea! My toddler comes home with stones, so maybe we can try a stone hanging! #pintorials

    • 20th May 2014 / 6:52 pm

      Yeah, that’d be fab! Gotta be worth a try anyway, always need stuff to keep the kids occupied!

  8. 20th May 2014 / 11:52 am

    Great idea, I love the pink colour that you’ve added to the shells.

    • 20th May 2014 / 6:51 pm

      Love my son, always goes for the bright stuff!!

  9. 20th May 2014 / 7:39 pm

    What a lovely idea. Will have to try something like this with my two!

  10. 20th May 2014 / 8:04 pm

    I was going to suggest windchimes, but Vicky’s beaten me to it. Been thinking about one of those ribbon fly screens recently. If I added some of our enormous collection of seashells to one, it might make it more interesting. Love baker twine.

  11. 20th May 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous! Again I am SO jealous that you live at the seaside… x

  12. 27th May 2014 / 3:54 pm

    So beautiful and something that can be made by crafters of all ages … thanks for linking up to #GetYourCraftOn

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