*Five years ago, I was given the title “Sea Shell Projects” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on March 23, 2011. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Sea shells provide for a variety of shell projects completed by both children and adults. Various projects include shells used in their natural state, just as they appear on the beach, or painted and decorated. Adults and children use shells to make candles, magnets, jewelry, decorative jars, pots and bowls.
Obtain a collection of sea shells from the beach or a craft store and several tea light candles. Remove the wicks and metal holders from the tea candles. Use a double boiler on low to medium heat to melt the candle wax. Place the wick into the middle of an upside down seashell. Pour the candle wax into the sea shell and allow the wax to cool. Stand the shells securely in the wax, to avoid rocking or falling over, before burning the candles.
Use sea shells to create refrigerator magnets. Glue small shells together to create bugs, animals or other shapes. Attach a magnet to the back. Paint designs onto larger shells before attaching the magnets. Glue several shells onto one side of a wooden clothes pin and attach a magnet to the other side. Use the clothes pin to display artwork or notes on the refrigerator.
Obtain a collection of various shapes and sizes of sea shells. Select shells and string them together to make a necklace. Carefully drill or puncture small holes into the shells if needed. String the shells as collected from the beach (or craft store) or paint and decorate them before stringing. Use the shells alone or add decorative beads. Use the same procedure to create a bracelet. If needed, obtain a jewelry-making kit and proper jewelry-making tools at a craft store before beginning the project.
Decorate a glass jar or clay pot for displaying flowers, creating a fish habitat, or storing foods. Arrange sea shells and glue them onto the outside of a glass jar. Fill the jar with water and fresh flowers or use the jar to store pasta or other dry kitchen ingredients. Paint a beach scene around a clay pot and add sea shells for dimension. Use the same procedure to decorate the outside of a fish bowl.
Purchase a small plug-in night light from a local store. Remove the plastic shade and replace it with a sea shell. If removing the shade proves difficult or impossible, use a heat resistant glue to attach a shell onto the plastic shade or cover the shade with several smaller shells. For a decorative sea shell lamp, obtain a small table lamp with a plastic shade. Cover the shade with natural or painted shells.