So I have been thinking of what else to do with the millions of shells that I have acquired, that are inexpensive and not time consuming. The aim was to find things that would only take 5 minutes to put together… and I think I have successfully found some! Yay!

Below are two of my 5 Minute Crafts, and the best thing about them is that kids and adults can rustle them up, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Crafty time 1: Sea Shell Flower Jar

Okay, so technically this isn’t a craft, but it does include shells and another thing which I seem to have millions of, and that’s empty jars… Now I have used the jars as vases which worked out quite well but I don’t often receive or buy bouquets of flowers so they have been loitering at the back of my cupboard again. So I’ve used them in my first 5 Minute Craft…

You will need the following:

  • Empty unloved jar or tumbler
  • Small pot plant one that likes containers
  • Assorted shells
  • Plant food

Shell Flower Jar

Then you simply fill the jar halfway with the assorted shells, I was considering breaking them up but I couldn’t bring myself to do it, so I not so delicately placed them in the jar. Once you’re happy with the shells you simple pop the pot plant from the pot to the jar… and voila! One jar pot plant.

The kids will enjoy this one, as you get messy and slightly covered in soil but, hey, that’s the fun. You must also remember to feed the plant otherwise it won’t look pretty for long. So far mine’s doing great, which is a miracle.

Shell Flower Jar

Crafty Time 2: Sea Shell Hairclip

 You simply need:

  • 1 hairslide/clip/grip whatever you want to call them
  • Assorted shells
  • Strong glue – this could be anything. I used a free sample I got at a craft fair

Seashell hairslide

Before you start, you want to make sure your chosen shells fit on the hair slide. I chose 2 welk shells and 2 cockle shells.

Undo the hair slide. Just so in case any glue dribbles down, it won’t get glued shut.

Once you’re happy with your shells, simply glue either the hairslide or the shell. I done both for the cockle shells and stuck them on the slide.

Seashell hairslide

I did find that I had to prop up the underneath of the hairslide so the final shell didn’t slip off, but once they have all stuck you will have a lovely seashell hairslide!

Seashell hairslide

If you have more than 5 minutes to spend on sea shells crafts,

check out my tutorial on Seaside Candles!

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  1. Traditional Seaside Activities For Children - Love Southend

    […] Children love collecting shells. Trying to find the ones with unique patterns or shapes, or the shiniest shells on the beach. Kids find them fascinating. And so it can be heartbreaking sometimes when you have to say goodbye to all the shells you collected in the bucket. Ever thought that maybe you could take the seaside home with you, and do some creative crafts with your children at home using the shells? You could turn your shells into candles, or even just spend 5 minutes turning your seashells into hairclips or flower jars! […]

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