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Turning Seashells into Butterflies

Updated on June 29, 2010

The other day I was taking a walk along the beach before my morning surf session. There were thousands of little seashells open along the sand, most of which were still connected. I collected up a handful and, after my dip in the ocean, I took them back home. It wasn't exactly clear to me what I was going to do with them but I wanted to create something with them. That's when I had the idea: the shells looked similar to butterfly wings. And so I crafted it. Here are the steps of how you make this. Very simple.

1. Get a shell, preferably still connected.

2. Get strong glue and wire. Bailing wire works well.

3. Cut a piece of wire that's about three times the length of the shell

4. Fold it in half.

5. Using pliers, press the center together.

6. Clamp the end of the wire with the pliers and twist with your fingers.

7. Using the pliers, bend the two ends of the wires slightly creating "antennae".

8. Place wire in desired position on the shell and add a drop of glue.

9. Allow to dry.

That's all there is to it. It's very simple but it's fun so I just had to share.


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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Beth100 Glad you enjoyed it! The backdrop is actually the garage wall at my dad's house in Venice. My step-mom is an artist and it sort of doubles as her studio. I thought it would make an aesthetic backdrop. In the photos with the finished butterflies, its simply paper towel.

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      How ingenius! They are beautiful!! Thank you sharing your discovery. This summer, along the beach, we shall collect shells, bring them home and do this craft when it's cold out. It will bring a breath of fresh summer air into the home. Thanks! (And I'm curious, but what is the backdrop to your photos? Is that glass with drawings on it or an aquarium?)

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ KoffeeKlatch Gals It would be a great class project. Better for slightly older kids though, as it's a bit trickier than it sounds.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a great craft to do with my class. Thanks you for sharing.

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ lovelypaper -- Thank you. It helps to have the mind of a child sometimes. ;)

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      These are adorable. Never thought of doing this.