8/05/2011

Quick Kids Craft: Nautical Wind Chime

Shell Chime

Lately my family has been spending sometime at a local beach here in Western New York. It's a far cry from the sandy beaches along the ocean, but it's a leap up from the five feet of snow that we may get on an occasion. At the last visit to the beach, my daughter broke my heart when her tear-filled eyes looked up at me and asked "Mamma, where are all the seashells?" I glanced out into the murky depths of Lake Erie and replied "They went south for the summer." She then asked if we could get some and paint them. I told her we would do one better and make it into a "Shell Chime" and that she had to find me the perfect driftwood. We had fun and got creative with this very easy craft that made a great mommy and me project! Lake Erie did provide us with a surplus of driftwood.


Classified: Very Easy- is great for any age with adults help!

What you need:
  • Seashells
  • Drifttwood
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Sealer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue or hot glue gun
  • Twine, yarn, chain, etc.
  • Optional: small screw-eyes

What to do:

1: Preparation (collection of materials): If you live by a sea or ocean have fun collecting various shells and driftwood along the shore side. If you are like me, with the ocean being a long ways away- have fun hunting at your local craft, dollar or department store! If you can, go to a local creek or beach to find a piece of driftwood.

2. Using acrylic paint, have your child paint all the seashells and driftwood in their choice of colors. Allow to dry and have an adult apply acrylic sealer (optional).

3. Once dry, have them match up sea shells. Tell them to look for shells that are around the same size and kind.

4. Glue your thread/twine/chain/yarn and the seashells together using either glue or a glue gun.

5. Tie/Glue/screw eye your thread/twine/chain/yarn to the piece of painted driftwood.

6. Tie an additional string to the driftwood, loop to hang.

Here are some facts about seashells from eHow.

6 comments:

  1. I really like those windchimes. It made me think we might make some sort of windchime as we will be on the letter W next week. Trying really hard to finish up the alphabet before starting our new curriculum.

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  2. Great idea! We're heading out on a beach vacation soon. This would be a fun craft with what we find on the shores!

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  3. I love this craft.....wish I could send you some some shells from Massachusetts!
    Marcia :)

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  4. Very pretty! And a wonderful craft to make with shells! We will have to go shell hunting on our next beach visit!

    Thanks, again for linking up at Kids Get Crafty!!

    Maggy

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  5. Fun and beautiful! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime!

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  6. Super cute windchime! I'd like to attempt this sometime.

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