How to make a seashell picture frame

Put your seashell collection to good use with this fun beach-inspired craft. It's a great way to remember a perfect day at the beach with friends or family.

By Austen Gilliland

How to make a seashell picture frame
Photography by Ryan Brook /TC Media
This simple craft is the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied on a rainy afternoon at the cottage -- and it puts that shell collection to good use. No shells? Substitute bits of driftwood or beach glass -- even bottle caps would work. Remember that young kids need supervision when using a glue gun.

You need:
• Shells
• Picture frame
Photograph
• Low-temperature glue gun

Take a look at a larger image of this fun beachy frame.

To make:
1.
Rinse shells with fresh water to remove sand, algae and other residue. Let dry.

2. Arrange shells on picture frame as desired. (TIP: Take a digital photograph to help you remember the exact placement of the shells.)

3. With the glue gun, carefully apply glue to bottom of one shell; place shell on frame. Continue until all shells are adhered.

4. Insert photo into frame.

Can't get enough crafting? For more inspiring ideas and DIY tips visit The Craft Blog.

This story was originally titled "Framed!" in the August 2012 issue.

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