What Do You Do With 1,000 Seashells?



I am, at best, a reluctant crafter. The closest I usually get to crafting is a pinning frenzy on Pinterest. I don’t own a glue gun. I do have a bottle of Modge Podge I bought in 1998 for a project in my daughter’s nursery.

But we have an issue here at Casa Bolsa. We are buried under shells. And I’m on a purging streak. So the shells have to be transformed into loveliness, or move on out.

Since my Girl Wonder was 3-ish she has spent a week at the beach with my folks every summer. She and her Nana get up early and go seashell hunting.  The same little spot on the Florida Gulf has given us buckets and buckets of memories.

It’s time to get my craft on, so I’m  cruising for craft ideas.  Something other than a Kleenex box cover. (Do they even still make those?!)

I loved how this one is like a 3D scrapbook.   Seems pretty straightforward for a rookie like me.

Shell party lights anyone? I love these and think they would rock in the garden next summer.  These guys crack me up. I could totally get on board with them. ( I digress, but have you ever watched Marcel The Shell? Happiness.)

Or perhaps we might create an extraordinary work of art like this.  Actually, maybe the Girl Wonder and I are going to do some mother-daughter bonding and create our own shell picture.

Have you ever done anything crafty with shells? Suggestions welcome!

Schwimming in Shells

About the Author

Franny Bolsa is a girl who tells stories. When she's not at her day job she can be found dreaming, wearing aprons without pearls, getting her hands dirty in the garden, behind the business end of her camera or muddling her way through life with a teenaged daughter. You can visit her anytime you want. Like Motel 6, she'll leave a light on for ya. But the coffee's better and the sheets are fresher at her place. You can also find her on Facebook.


  1. Hey there!!
    Heres a good idea for all those sea shells…My daughter took them and threaded them onto fishing line….and attached them to a cool find she found…and she made wind chimes out of them…She also put some chimes onto the item too…Pretty darn cool idea, and looks awesome…As for the find, use your imagination…anything will work, she used something that is gold in color and hung everything off of it…Have fun!!!

  2. Hey again..
    One more thing about making those sea shell wind chimes…She also threaded beads onto the fishing line too…You could thread lots of different things with those seashells..for more interesting look…GOOD luck…

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