Seashell Creations

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When beach goers hit the sand, the usual activities include tanning, swimming, building castles, and collecting seashells. Beach-combing, the collecting of sea shells and sea life, is a common practice that I’m sure many of us have taken part in before, especially as children. I found a helpful chart ,that along with an egg carton, can help identify and organize new shells the next time you scour the beach for your collection.

Many New Jersey residents beach-comb the local shores, but the best shells can be found in Hawaii, California, Florida, or more close to home, in New York. The top 10 US beaches  list is really helpful for shell hunters and can assist in pinpointing the specific types of shells you need for your collection back at home.

But once you collect a bunch of shells, what do you do with all of them?? First of all, you should make sure that none of them are “live” shells, meaning they do not have animal tissue in them. After that, make sure you clean your shells to rid it of any bacteria and algae that might be on it. The 5 most effective ways of cleaning your shells include burying them, freezing them, boiling them, microwaving them, and bleaching them. If you follow those easy to follow cleaning instructions, you’ll be left with not only nice looking shells, but clean smelling shells as well!

Now that you’ve got your shells ready, it’s time to get creative! You can put them in a bowl as a simple decoration, or in a shallow base for candles, or become best friends with a hot glue gun and let your visions become reality.  Here is a quick do-it-yourself project that will be a great addition to any home

Seashell Mirror

If you’re looking for something you can wear, try making your own jewelry.

Seashell Necklace

The projects you can do with these little guys are endless! So keep your eyes open on the shore and your mind wandering. You  never know what you can come up with next.

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