Monday, July 30, 2018

Sparkly Marbled Shell Necklaces

Do your children love collecting shells at the beach?  Or do they simply adore mermaids? Or do they just enjoy adding colorful, glittery flair to every craft they touch?  Well, today's summer craft is for you!  Recently we had a playdate where we made these lovely glittery and marbled shell necklaces!  The kids (whose ages ranged from 2-7) all really had fun, so I had to share the craft here too.


How to Make Sparkly and Marbled Shell Necklaces


How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!


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First, grab your shells (we purchased ours from Michael with a coupon- woot woot! But Amazon also has a great collection of plain sea shells).

Then, drill a hole into your shell.  (We followed Martha Stewart's directions for drilling shells and placed our shell curvy side up on top of a wet sponge.  Then, we drilled them with a small drill bit.)

How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!



Let's Marble Some Shells!

We made these with our older kids (6+).  

To marble our shells, I just followed these marbling instructions here We also used painted nail polish on portions of the shell too!

To add a bit more flare, we used glitter glue to add a bit of sparkle.

How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!


A note of a warning- Make sure you have some nail polish remover on hand. Or just wear gloves.  Otherwise, you'll end up with magical mermaid-esque hands like I did.


How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!




Let's Make Glittery Shells!

While the older kids were marbling, the younger 2-year-olds were busy using markers to decorate their shells and then squeezing glitter glue inside.  They had a blast!

(This part of the activity was inspired by Mama Papa Bubba's mermaid necklace tutorial.  Definitely, check the post out.  Her necklaces are so sweet and added a special gem inside for extra sparkle!)



How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!



Once the shells dried, we had a lovely collection of marbled and sparkly shells...
(Oooh! Pretty!)
How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!



And then we strung them on yarn and waxed cotton cord to make pretty, summery necklaces.

More Necklace Crafts!

Love making fun jewelry with kids?  Then you'll love the crafts below:


Happy making, friends!

How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!



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