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Seashells are the perfect material to work with when you want to create a piece of art. There are really no limits with what you can do with shells.

Do you have tons of seashells that you want to make use of? If so then here are a few fun and pretty craft projects that you can do by yourself or with children after a day of combing the beach.

Make a Seashell ornament

Ornaments can be used all year long and not just during holidays. Make an easy seashell ornament by purchasing a small round or heart shaped Styrofoam ball and covering it with small seashells. You will first need something to be able to hang up your ornament. Get a piece of wire or paper clip and fold it in half to form a loop. Next, cover it with hot glue and insert the ends into the Styrofoam and let it cool and dry.

Afterward, you can give each child a ball to cover with seashells. Children and hot glue do not really mix, so to prevent any accidents use regular school glue and later you can reinforce the shells with some hot glue. School glue may not hold the shells down as well.

All that is left is for you to loop some string in through the wire to hang after it is decorated!

You can hang one from your kitchen window, your car or anywhere else in your home.

Make a Seashell Wineglass Charm

This is a fun way to show your love for the beach. You can easily make some wineglass charms using some wire, pretty beads, hot glue, felt to match your seashell and seashells.

Gather your supplies and lay them all out in front of you. If you are working with kids then you can do the first part. Get about 16 inches of wire and fold it in half and place the shell on the folded part. Next, you should add a large dollop of hot glue on top of the folded wire and seashell. Use a small piece of felt and press it down onto the glue and wire to secure it. The felt helps to make the back look a little nicer.

Trim the felt so it is not sticking out from your seashell. After the gluing is done you can hand the seashell with the wire attached to your child to allow them to string the beads.

They can add as many different colors as they like. Just tell them to leave some room at the top. You will need it to close the ends. To cinch the ends off, all you need to do is twirl the wire among your beads!

Once you are done, curl the wires around each other and you can now add it to a wine glass or you can even use it as a napkin decoration.

Source by Sara Sommers

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