It is summer once again, and with summer comes trips to the beach with the family! A beach trip with kids is never complete without strolling on the beach, and picking up sea shells that you think are beautiful. Although this tradition of bringing back sea shells as a memory of the trip, we are often faced with the problem of what to do with them afterward. The majority of these get thrown out because there isn’t just enough space to keep them lying around. Thankfully, through the creativity of artists and the availability of the internet, we can incorporate seashells into family-bonding arts & crafts. Here are a few steps to making your very own seashell portrait to create unique and memorable gifts:
1. Paint the shells
It is easier to create a new image if your shells are colored. You can drive down to the nearest school supply or hardware store and grab a set of water-based children’s paint. This is already a fun activity for you to do with your kids. Set up a palette filled with different colors, some water, and give your kids a brush and let them paint away! You can opt to have solid colors, or create patterns on each shell.
2. Dry the shells
It is not easy to work with wet paint, so it is best to leave them to dry for about a day before we get started on laying them out.
3. Get Creative
Now that you have your shells, prepare some glue, glitter, and get creative! You can create fancy greeting cards by gluing the shells to fancy paper to create a wonderful ocean-themed border. You can also create different sceneries like flowers and trees using the different colored shells that you have created. The only limitation to this step is your imagination, so do your best to recreate the image that comes to your mind. Though the easiest to create would be a collage, as it would be kid-friendly do. The important thing is to just let the creativity flow, and to just have fun!
4. Hang Them Up
After your masterpieces have been completed, you can hang them up in frames for protection, and for the added artsy feel. A variety of cheap frames can be obtained from your nearby thrift shop. You can also paint the frames to match the artwork. The shells can be added to the frames, but it would require the use of a glue gun, so be sure to be up for the responsibility because kids can harm themselves with the glue gun when used improperly.
Well, there you have it! Don’t forget to clean up afterward. It helps to wear old clothes while or inside-out white shirts while painting to make sure you do not stain the good clothes. You can hang your masterpieces up on the family wall, or you could use them as gifts to loved ones.