Oh Summer holidays, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. (we could be here awhile.)
This Summer craft was created to capture those feelings of long Summer days.
Here in Sydney, we’ve had what felt like an Endless Summer.
We were swimming in the ocean well into Autumn.
The weather was so exceptional that we took a quick beachside getaway to soak up the last sunshiney rays.
It was a getaway that involved a lot of this…
Lying down and soaking it all in.
And it involved a lot of collecting shells.
So when we returned home, after emptying the sand out of all the bags, pockets and socks, we decided to make a souvenir of our summery Autumn getaway.
This Summer craft is perfect for little hands.
What you will need:
A collection of shells
Clay (We used Fimo)
Hot glue gun
We mixed some white clay with blue and yellow clay to create our own colours.
This step took the longest as the kids enjoyed working and rolling the clay between their hands.
Eventually, we rolled our clay out into two strips.
Then we placed one strip over the other and gently massaged them together to create one strip.
Using a cookie cutter, we created our circular disks.
Using a skewer, we poked two holes into the top of our ornament.
We then arranged the shells on top of the clay, into a composition that we liked.
We gently pressed the shells into the clay to create an imprint, before removing the shells and setting them aside for later.
Following the instructions on the packet, we placed the clay in the oven and baked it.
Once it was baked and cooled, we strung yarn through the tops of the discs.
Then, using a hot glue gun, I glued the shells in place.
Older kids could complete this step with a low-heat glue gun.
Once the glue had dried, we hung our shell ornaments in our hallway.
Every time I walk past them, I will Summer to return STAT.
Need another Summer craft project?
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