How to Make Flowers From Seashells

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Whether you're returning from a seaside vacation or you want to create an oceanic scene for your home environment, seashell crafts offer a variety of options. With seashells and some other materials, creating whimsical and attractive flowers makes for an interesting and creative project.

Things You'll Need

  • Assorted seashells (clam and oyster halves)
  • Pipe cleaners (green, up to 12)
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Acrylic paint (assorted colors)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Assorted gems (flat backs)

Instructions

  1. Squeeze a dot of hot glue onto the bottom lip of one of the seashells. The bottom lip is the half-hinge side of the shell with the straight edge.

  2. Connect a second seashell to the glued edge, making sure to connect the straight-edged sides together.

  3. Squeeze a small amount of glue on the straight-edged bottom of another shell, and attach it to the side of the two connected shells. This creates a three-petaled effect with the shells.

  4. Allow the shell-flower to dry for approximately 10 minutes while you twist three green pipe-cleaners together. Leave one end of the twisted pipe-cleaners open, fraying out each end.

  5. Squeeze a dot of glue onto the end of each of the pipe cleaners at the end of the twist.

  6. Attach the glued ends to the seashells. Make sure each pipe cleaner end is glued to the back of each of the seashells that are glued together.

  7. Squeeze a dot of glue onto the back of a gem of your choice and place it in the center of the three glued seashells.

  8. Allow the seashell flower to dry for approximately 10 minutes.

  9. Paint the inner parts of the seashells a color of your choice so they resemble colorful flower petals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make several of these crafty flowers, and arrange them in a decorative vase.

Comments

  • Photo Credit seashell image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com

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