Sea Shell Necklaces

All children love hunting for beautiful sea shells along the beach. Here is an easy way to save the children’s favorite sea shells they gathered at the shore this summer. Click here to see some other projects I have made with children with their sea shells collections.

You Will Need:

Small Shells
1 Cup of Flour
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Food Coloring (optional)
String or Yarn
Large Needle, Chop Stick, or Small Paint Brush

What to Do:

1. Wash small shells thoroughly and allow them to dry.

2. Mix flour and salt together and then slowly start adding water. You may not need all of the water. You may only need half of the water to get this basic salt dough mixed. Add food coloring if you desire.

3. Form little balls of salt dough. If it cracks, add a little more water.

4. Flatten a small ball of dough a little bit and have the kids press their shell in middle of dough ball.

5. Use the back of a small paintbrush, tip of chop stick, or a large needle to make a hole at the top of the dough so the kids can thread it later.

6. Let dry in the summer sun turning a few times. Alternately you can dry the pendants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a warm oven. Be sure to turn the pendants often to ensure they dry evenly.

7. Once the dough is dry, string the pendants with string or yarn.

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