A List Maker's Life: Sand, Shells, and Shimmer

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sand, Shells, and Shimmer

Here's a sparkly summer craft project that is sure to make a glitter phobic daddy cringe a five year old girl smile!

During our many Lake Michigan visits Anne Hope has been collecting a little pile of fresh water shells.  Most of them are too tiny to do much with on their own, so we dug into our salt water shell collection to create this project.

Shells  (all kinds of shapes and sizes)
A ready to be repurposed frame
mod podge
Glitter  (we used the extra fine kind - Martha Stewart brand)
Hot Glue (loads of it!!!)
Elmer's School Glue
{glitter & glue}

Cover the shell's surface with white glue then smother it with your favorite glitter color(s). 

{let dry before shaking off excess glitter}

{prep your frame}

You might be able to see it in the next picture, but we cut a piece of periwinkle-ish paper to cover the black words around the edges of this frame.  We used mod podge to attach the paper to the frame.

{arrange the shells & glue them down}
{ta-da...btw, this is totally one of Gabe's favorite new words}

This lovely frame is ready to display a picture of our little summer beauty!

{summer love}
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This post is linked to For the Kids Friday & Friday Fun for Kids


  1. This is for sure one I have to try with the girls. SO cute Katie!

  2. Adorable and very sweet that it is made from shells collected from the lake.

  3. So cute! And... glitter phobic? Does he not like the mess or did he have a very tragic glitter accident years and years ago? :)

  4. Love it! We have a bowl of sea shells that NEED to be used in something. When I'm brave and don't care about the mess one of these days, we will definitely do this!

  5. That looks really pretty! love the glitter idea.

    Stopping by from FTLOB!

  6. That's really cute! I am visiting from FTLOB...I had to check out your site, as I am fellow list maker!

  7. That is so adorable! The frame looks great. I have little sisters that I should do this with.


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