The other day we were at the beach and, as children do, they started collecting shells along the walk. This is a common occurrence for us. But often the shells end up in a pile on the floor, or in a craft drawer somewhere. 

So this time I was determined to put these collected natural treasures to good use!

My son had collected some driftwood sticks too, and we’ve used these previously as driftwood jewellery holders, so I thought what about combining the two? A driftwood hanging shell mobile! 

A very simple craft, and you can make them as simple or complex is your child likes.

Handmade Shell Mobile

Handmand Shell Mobile 1
You will need:
Drift wood
Resene test pot paints
Hot glue gun and glue

What to do:
1. Collect some shells and drift wood from the beach:

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2. Give the shells a wash to remove any salt and sand, and dry them off.

3. Paint your shells all over in different colours. I went for a simple red, blue and yellow concept:
Handmand Shell Mobile 1-1

4. Add pattern using white and black. I painted a mixture of black and white dots and stripes. To do the dots I just used the end of a shish kebab stick.

Handmand Shell Mobile 2

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5. Paint up a piece of drift wood in matching colours, and let it dry.

6. Tie a piece of wool to your driftwood.

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7. Start hot gluing your shells on to the wool.

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8. To hang your creations, just tie a knot at the top and make a loop to hang on something. I used a pipecleaner twirled and glued around the wool, which made a nice, sturdy loop for hanging. 

Handmand Shell Mobile

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Alayna lives in the Horowhenua with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for visual arts. Alayna's work has featured in print and online publications, you can check out her work on her website.

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