Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kids Craft: Sea Shell Frames

We had the opportunity to visit the beach while on vacation to Pennsylvania.  We visited the Island Beach State Park in New Jersey.  After Grandpa brought them over some nice sea shells they started collecting any and every little piece of a shell they found around our beach blanket.

Then today while visiting my sister at her In-laws house my daughter pointed out to me a picture frame that had little turritella shells lined around it and so we decided to use their shells from our trip (plus the leftovers that I had from another project) to decorate old frames we found at the DI (local thrift store).  The purple one was $0.50 and the brown one was $0.75.

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I armed my kiddos with paintbrushes and some cream acrylic paint.  TIP:  Dad’s old short sleeved dress shirts make for great painting aprons.

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I helped some to make sure all the frame was covered.

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Then we glued on the sea shells.  I had the kids arrange the larger shells where they wanted them and then I used the hot glue gun to attach them.  Then I spread Elmer's glue in the open places and the kids put the little one’s on wherever they wanted.

 (They really were enjoying themselves they just didn’t like the picture taking)

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I then removed the inner picture and we covered a cardboard square with fabric using Mod Podge.  I let the kids spread the glue out and then we smoothed the fabric together.  After the mod podge dried I then ironed the appliqué starfish and ship using Wonder Under.

I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot to do the vinyl saying “Remember what you were born to become.”   This is located between the front door and living room window so as we leave the house we remember we were all born to become Kings or Queens and to act accordingly.

With the help of my kids I think this is our first decorating success, YEA!!!

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