How to create homemade Beach Souvenir

SEASHELLS:

Affix seashells you have collected to a ready-to-decorate craft frame with a hot glue gun. When it is complete, put a picture of your trip to the beach in the frame.

Use a hot glue gun to affix seashells to an unglazed terra cotta flower pot. Plant flowers in it, or fill with sand and stick a floral pinwheel in the center.

Use a large half-seashell as a soap dish, candy dish, ashtray, or holder to display smaller shells.

Glue seashells around the base of a large pillar candle.

Glue a magnet to a seashell with a hot glue gun to make a refrigerator magnet. If you are feeling very creative, glue several shells together to make small shell animals or shell people, then attach the magnet and show it off in your kitchen.

Use seashell halves as votive candle holders.

Carefully drill a hole in several seashells and string a ribbon or twine through them. Hang them from a piece of wood, branch, or a decorative hanger so that they are just close enough to bump each other. Seashell wind chimes!

A large conch shell is beautiful on its own, but also makes a lovely planter. Fill it with some peat moss and add some simple vine or grass seeds. Spray with water occasionally to keep it moist, but not dripping. Or, put a hunk of green sponge in there and a make a fake floral or leaf arrangement. Remember, in this case, less is more.

Make a seashell bracelet by finding some nice cowrie shells. Fill their small openings with glue and press your cord into each one in a row until you have enough to go around your wrist or ankle. Leave two to three inches of cord on each end for tying. Let it dry thoroughly before touching it.

SAND DOLLARS:

Glue a sand dollar in the center of a shadowbox and display.

Thread a ribbon through one of the natural holes in a sand dollar and hang it on the Christmas tree. There is a legend revolving around the sand dollar in that the star on one side represents the star that led the shepherds to Christ, the flower etching on the other side represents the poinsettia, the 5 holes represent the 5 wounds of Christ at the crucifixion, and, if you break it open, 5 small, white, dove-shaped pieces fall out releasing the doves of peace.

Add a magnet to the back with a hot glue gun; sand dollars also make lovely refrigerator decorations.

Make summer sand dollar garland: thread a soft ribbon through several and hang them carefully. Make sure they are not touching, as they are fragile.

Sand dollar earrings will go nice with your shell necklace. Simply get earring hooks from a place that sells jewelry craft supplies, and some wire. Carefully drill a tiny hole in the sand dollar and thread the wire through. Attach it to the earring hooks.

STAR FISH:

Glue a metal ring or cardboard tube to the back of a starfish. Make it your Christmas tree topper.

Put a starfish on a few sheets of newspaper. With a brush, carefully paint the starfish with a light but even coating. Take a t-shirt and decide where you would want the starfish to go. Carefully lay that part of the fabric over the starfish and press down gently. Even more carefully, lift the shirt up without dragging it to avoid smearing the paint. If you want to make more than one print, re-paint the starfish between applications.

If you have a lot of starfish, drill a small hole through the center of each one and nail them along the wall just below the ceiling as a wall border for a beach or nautical theme room.

Glue starfish around a plain canvas lamp shade. This makes for a great looking lamp, and casts beautiful shadows in the room. If you like, you can trim the edge of the shade by gluing shells along it to complete the look.

A starfish necklace will round out your beach-theme jewelry. Drill a small hole at the end of one of the starfish’s arms and thread a cord through it. If you’d like, cover the cord with small seashells or beads.

SEA GLASS

Place some polished sea glass into a large half shell or candy dish. Add several drops of your favorite fragrance oils (the glass will absorb the scent).

Sea glass makes gorgeous jewelry. Use silver or copper wire to wrap around the pieces, making a wire loop at the top. Hang them from a necklace, as a charm on your bracelet, or as earrings by attaching them to posts or hooks.

Fill a clear glass vase with bits of sea glass and plant a silk flower in it.

Use a hot glue gun to attach sea glass around the edge of a mirror to frame it.

Wrap sea glass with wires so that the pieces are secure, but still visible. Make a loop on top. Hang them from thread or ribbon in the window. The light streaming through them will be dazzling.

Cover a table small table with a thick layer of plaster or spackle. Press pieces of sea glass into it to cover the area. The table will look like it has been topped with gemstones.

DRIFTWOOD

Drill three or five holes (odd-numbered groups are more pleasing to the eye) in a hunk of driftwood. Make them large enough to accommodate small, glass votive, candle holders. Place the glass holders into the holes, and place the candles into the candle holders. NEVER put the candles directly onto the wood.

Take a small chunk of driftwood and examine it from all angles. Decide what it looks like (an animal? A fish? A person?). Use craft paints to make it become what you see in it and display it on shelves when dry.

Take a medium hunk of driftwood and drill holes in it. Place silk green leaves and grasses coming out of it to make it a lovely planter.

Use driftwood as the holder to hang your seashell wind chimes.

If you are lucky enough to come across a huge chunk of driftwood, use it as a coffee or end table. If it does not have a flat surface but instead many protruding branches, settle it down on a hard surface and trim the branches as needed so that if you place a piece of glass or lucite on top, it will be straight and sit on the branches securely. You now have a driftwood coffee table.

Place beautiful driftwood sporadically throughout your garden as lovely accents.

SAND

Take a jar and cover the bottom with sand. Add a few small shells, stones, and tiny pieces of driftwood. Cap it and put a label on it noting the beach it came from and the day you visited it. Many beach tourist stands sell such jars for an unbelievable amount, considering how easy they are to make for oneself.

Take home a bucket of sand. Dig a hole in it, or press a large object into it (such as a large sea shell) to create a shape. Take a stick and tie candle wicking to the center of it. Suspend the stick over the sand hole so that the wick hangs from it and goes down into the sand about an inch deeper than the hole. Pour melted paraffin and let set for a few hours. When you unmold the hardened wax, you will have sand candles.

Get some stiff cardboard and cut out four walls shaped like a sandcastle. By all means, if you think you can create towers, turrets, windows, and a working drawbridge, get as elaborate as you would like! Tape the pieces of the castle together. Coat the entire structure with white craft glue. Sprinkle sand on all sides while the glue is still wet. Let dry and shake off excess. Spray with hairspray or clear acrylic sealant to keep the sand intact. You will have a 3-dimensional sandcastle display. If you like, make a single cardboard cut-out in the shape of a sandcastle and coat it with sand in the same way, then frame it and hang it to display on the wall.

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