Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Beach Crafts - Fun and creative ideas using the Beach Theme

Going to the beach is very fun. If you happen to collect sea shells that you can have lots of fun creating these great crafts. For those of you who don't collect shells, don't worry, you could buy these shells from some craft shops or even online.
So enjoy creating these great crafts.

Seashell Wind Chimes

What You Need:
8 seashells (available from the beach, or at craft supply stores)
1 plastic coffee-can lid
knitting yarn scraps
liquid white glue
sharp pencil or paper punch.

What to do:

1. Glue each shell to the end of a short piece of yarn. Use liquid white glue.

2. Let dry overnight.

3. Punch eight holes equally spaced on the top of a plastic coffee-can lid. Use a sharp pencil or a paper punch.

4. Hold the lid with the rim facing up. Push the eight pieces of yarn through the eight holes of the underside of the lid.

5. Tie the end of each piece of yarn in a large knot. Make the knot bigger than the hole so the yarn will not slip through.

6. Punch two more holes on opposite edges of the lid.

7. Push one end of a large piece of yarn from the top of the lid through one hole. It should come out on the underside of the chime.

8. Tie a large knot.

9. Push the other end of the yarn through the other hole and knot it.

10. Hang the chime on the branch of a tree or in your window.

Seashell Mobile

What you need:

Shells or other finds
2 pieces of dowel rod, about 1 foot length

What to do:

1. Use string to make dowels into an 'X' shape.

2. Glue shells onto several different lengths of string.

3. Let dry about a day.
4. Tie string with shells to dowel rods at all four corners and some between.

Crazy Beach Towel

What you need:
1 White beach towel
Acrylic paints (pick colors you like)
Craft sponges: In a variety of shapes (animals, flowers,hearts
stars) whichever you like
Old plastic fly swatter
old newspapers (for the mess).

What to do:
Cover the work area or floor with newspapers

Place your towel completely opened onto the newspaper. If you are using a new towel, be sure to wash it first so it won't be stiff.

Dip your sponges into the paint (not too much paint) and sponge them onto your towel in different places.

Dip the fly swatter into the paint and pat it on some newspaper to clear the paint out of the holes. Pat the fly swatter onto the areas of your towel that do not have a shape on them.

If you are allowed, you may place your hand and feet prints on the towel too.

Let it dry completely.

Help clean up the mess.

Ask Mom if she will sew a pocket on one end of the towel by folding it over and stitching sides and two or three seams evenly spaced across. You can then place your beach things in the pockets and roll it up.

Decorative Fridge Magnet

What You Need:

Magnet, flat rectangle, business card size [2 x 3 1/2"]






Other Materials


Hobby Brush

Polyurethane, Liquid

What to do:

Select your materials. Pick out some seashells, small pieces of coral, a couple of colors of rhinestones, a pearl or two. Now that you have all the materials handy for the decorative magnet project, place them on the magnet surface.

Now carefully move the items off the magnet and place them to the sides so the pattern you developed can still be seen. With a sheet or two of newspaper under the project you can start the next phase of this decorative magnet.

Remove any loose materials from the magnet. If you are using a magnet with an adhesive side to it, remove the paper that covers the adhesive. Use the adhesive side for your decorative magnet.

With the face to work on facing up, apply glue to the whole surface. Apply if over the adhesive if there is any. Spread it out with a hobby brush so it covers the surface evenly.

Place your design on the fridge magnet. Start with the center area and work your way to the edges. Take care with the smaller items, like the rhinestones, so they don't end up upside-down on the glue. It can ruin their shine.

Take a look. Make sure all the objects are aligned the way you wanted them to be.

Pour sand over the glue - slowly and carefully so you don't move the items of your design. Make sure the sand covers all the glue. Set the decorative fridge magnet aside and let the glue dry.

Once the decorative fridge magnet is dry pick it up and lightly shake off any loose sand. Everything else should remain glued in place. Recover the sand for future projects or trash it.

Now take out some polyurethane and paint the seashells and sand with it. DO NOT get polyurethane on the pearls or beads, nor on the rhinestones. Although it gives shine to the seashells and sand, it has the opposite effect on rhinestones and pearls. Makes them dull.

Let it all dry. Probably another hour.

Decorative Glass Jars

Want to craft some really impressive decorative glass jars? You will love the attractive look of these glass jars designed with sea shells and sand. Add rhinestones, beads, coral and other accessories and really crank up the beauty

These sea shell arts and crafts jars will make a great addition to your home decor. Make several and give them as beautiful homemade gifts to your family and friends.

What You Need:

a glass jar, medium or large, 14 to 18 oz
sea shells
a bottle of Elmer's Glue-All or equivalent
a can of polyurethane - gloss or semi-gloss
set of hobby brushes
a rag or old towel

What to do:

Take a new jar then wipe it clean inside and out with a bit of alcohol on a rag or paper towel. This should remove any dust and oils. Set aside and let air dry.

Take a look at canvas (the jar). Notice if it is round or square, tall and narrow or wide and squat. You need to be familiar with the jar to set up the design to use on it.

Since we are making a vertical design, you need to look at how your seashells can be arranged on the jar to make columns running from near the bottom of the glass jar to near the top edge.

Pick through your available shells until you have a good handful that you can use on the jar. Check the seashells for fit against the glass. Your jar's shape will determine which shells can be used where.

Now that you have an idea for how the shells will sit on the jar lets get started laying them on.

Starting the Decorative Jar Design

This is where the towel or rag comes into it's own. Place the towel on your work surface. Place the glass jar on its side on the towel. You may have to "puff" the towel slightly so the jar doesn't roll. The towel is used to keep the jar steady while you work on your project.

Lay out the seashells you have chosen for this design on the work space near the glass jar. If possible lay the seashells out the same way you plan to use them. For your first project, try setting them up so the larger shells are at the bottom of your columns. The rest of the shells should get smaller as they go toward the top of the column. Depending on the tallness of your jar and the size of your shells, the columns can contain 3 to 6 shells each.

Let's start the first column of seashells from the bottom of your glass jar. Pick out your first shell and place it on the jar. Check it for fit. If you are happy, apply glue to the bottom edge of the seashell and place it on the jar. It should sit there without moving as long as the jar sits steady in the towel.

Pick, glue, and place the smallest shell of your picks at the top of the glass jar. Now you have guides for placing the central shells. Pick out the next shell you want to place, glue the edge, and put it on the glass jar so that it is in line with your guide shells. Leave some space between the shells, maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch or so. Just eyeball it.

Finish placing the next shell or two until you have used up the shells you picked for this column. Now is the time to check the way the seashells look on your glass jar. If you like the way they are positioned, Congratulations!, you have just set up your first column. If not, you can move the seashells around a little bit until you are happy with the way they fit and look.

Now comes the real hard part - leaving the glass jar alone so the glue will dry and the seashells will become attached to the jar. If you move the jar, the shells will more than likely slide out of position on the glass.

Once the glue is dry, turn the jar a quarter turn to bring up the next face to be sea shelled. This should place the first row to your left and parallel to the work surface. By setting the glass jar so that the first row is parallel to the work surface, you will space your columns more evenly.

Now you can start your second column of seashells on the glass jar. Just like above, start with your larger shell on the bottom, the smallest shell at the top, and the others in between the two. Apply glue to the bottom edge of each seashell and place it on the glass. Wait for the glue to dry and set the shells in place.

With the second column of seashells attached to the glass jar, it is time to set up the third column. Once again, move the glass jar a quarter turn to the left. Now the first column should be directly below the jar on the towel, and the second column is parallel to the work surface. Move the towel around the jar to make sure it stays in place when you finish positioning it.

Pick, glue, and set your pick of seashells for this third column. Check to make sure the seashells are placed the way you want them to be. Then it's back to waiting for the glue to dry and the seashells to become permanently attached to the glass jar.

Finally it is time for the fourth column. Move the glass jar around another quarter turn so the column you just finished is to the left and parallel to the work surface. This should put your first column on also parallel to the work surface, only on the right side of the jar. The second column will now be on the bottom.

Once again, starting with your guide seashells, pick - glue - place, each shell on the glass jar. Check your work and make any adjustments you need or want. Leave the work alone to dry.

If you have a very wide and squat jar, you may want to add columns in-between the ones you just finished putting on. This time move the jar, so that the surface between two of the columns is facing you. Start setting the seashells in place with glue until you have finished this fifth column. Remember, that you want to leave clear space between the columns so try not to get carried away with the seashells. Wait for the glue to dry, and set up the next column. Keep going until you have finished these columns also.

Finishing Your Decorative Jars

Once all the shells are in place and the glue is dry, pick up the jar and remove the towel. Get ready for the next phase by placing some clean and dry newspaper on your work surface. This paper will catch the sand that falls off your decorative jar project.

Pick a place to start. You want to apply glue directly to the glass jar in-between the shells columns and in-between the shells of each column. Do one section at a time, although this time you don't have to wait for the glue to dry until you are finished applying the sand.

Apply some glue and spread it around with a hobby brush. Basically, it's like painting the glass with the glue. Try not to get glue on the seashells. Pour sand on the glue. You may have to pour sand from a couple of different sides. Hurrah, for the newspaper. Gather up the spilled sand and return it to your container.

Apply glue to the next section you want to do and then apply sand. Keep going until the all the glass that was showing in-between and next to the seashells is covered by the sand. The only parts of your decorative jar that should not have any sand on them is the bottom of the jar, and the inside of the jar.

Now lightly shake the jar so the loose sand falls off. Set the decorative jar aside and let it dry. Gather up your spilt sand and return it to your container. Let the decorative jar sit for about 12 hours so that the glue dries thoroughly.

Once the decorative jar is thoroughly dry you need to apply a coat of polyurethane to both the seashells and the sand. The polyurethane will give them a nice shine and protect your work at the same time. Apply a light coat, using your hobby brushes. Cover all the shells and sand. Set the decorative jar aside and let it dry.

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1 comment:

Michelle M. Guilbeau-Sheppard said...

Love this craft so much! Especially when I am surrounded by snow! Thanks for sharing. Michelle :)