As I love shell frames year round, I just want to remind you / set you free from any limiting thinking re seashells: seashell frames are not just for summer!!! When brushed with gold and silver paint, (or bronze) they are also appropriate decorations for Fall and as XMAS gifts. And in Spring, you can make some for summer, and see, they are year-round.
On my tour through France and Northern Italy, I’ve seen so many lovely seashell frames, and many rather elegant ones in the various castles, houses and home decorating shops we visited, that I was reminded of their timelessness and loveliness. Seashells just have a connotation of relaxation and freedom to do with your time what you like, that I like them around year-round.
Ready-made Shell Picture Frames, for Easy Decoration
These are just two of the many different shell frames that are available online. The easiest beach decoration is to simply order these. The next best option is to order a kit like the below (great for a classroom/summer camp). The most creative & fun option might be to take a day to go to the seashore and collect shells yourself!
Or, Make Your Own Sea Shell Picture Frames – Here Are Packs with All You Need
When I came across this set, I instantly thought to feature it on the blog. It’s a ‘classroom’ pack with all you need to make a dozen and a half frames. When summer is over, you can extend the fun summer memories when making these lovely shell frames. With a pack of 18, you have plenty to give them away to the grandparents, friends and others. Seashell frames make the perfect display for summer vacation pictures, so be sure to keep some for your own family.
The pack is meant for teachers as an educational craft project. But consider it a great set, not only students for classrooms. You can use it with your own kids also. You don’t need to go to the beach to collect shells. They come with the pack. I think these packages make great home schooling projects. When used in the classroom or at home in your own ‘school’, kids can sort shells, learn about animals that live in them and develop an experience chart about the seashore. This kit comes with a free EduCraft Guide which describes this and associated edu-craft activities.
Specifically, this Educraft Shell Frames (Pk/18) includes assorted shells, easel-back frames, non-toxic glue and metallic paint, brushes, instructions & the EduCraft guide. Each frame is 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". For 26 bucks, I think that’s quite a good deal, as it makes so many presents.
Taking Your Craft a Notch Up
Of course, when you are doing it at home in a craft room filled with other craft supplies, be sure to add pearls, other seaside found shells. If you want the frames to look ‘fuller’ of shells, beyond adding those found at the beach, or make clay sea stars ahead of time and glue them on together with the shells. Regular beads will look like pearls when painted off-white/mother of pearl and paired with shells.
The Art of Creating a Beach Cottage
More articles on ‘how to turn your home into a beach cottage, a thousand miles away from the sea’ can be found here:
How to Live in a Coastal Cottage (many miles from the beach)
How to Print Sea Shells on Bed Linen ( and on Table cloths, napkins, tea towels, etc)
How to create a Beach Garden in a Pot
How to Make Sea Shell-Adorned Picture Frames (BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ALSO!)
How to Make a reversible Beach or Picnic blanket (or if you prefer to quilt, go here)
How to Make a Recycled Tire Swing