- Arts and Design
Make a Seashell Necklace
We had a fun day at the beach and came back home with a bucket full of shells. Now after showing the shells to the kindergarten / nursery kids, my four year old son came back with the shells and we pondered for a few months as to what we were going to do with them. The wife wanted to bin them, my daughter wanted to eat them and I wanted to put them in a vase. Well my son had the last say... and decided to make a present for his mum........
**************** A seashell necklace ***************.
Hence with my son armed with a camera as he wanted a webpage of his own, we set out to make one........
Prepare the stuff...
You will need
3. An electric drill
4. An adult to use the above drill.
5. A child to direct the adult on how to make it
Choose a piece of string
Well we rummaged around the house and found some bright green garden string, some old shoelace and a piece of white cord. After a lengthy discussion he opted for the shoelace. Stating emphatically "its strong dad!". However looking at the thickness of the cord and that my work shoes would need their laces back before Monday, we agreed it would be better to use the bright green garden string. Especially as we had lots of it.
Examine your seashells
Well my son decided they had to be strong and the wife decided they'd better be washed as well. Although I ensured her any sea creatures had vacated the shells a long long time ago.
As the sun was shining brightly my son laid them out regimental style in the sun to dry, making sure they were ship shape and about the same size.
Prepare to drill
Armed with a drill I proceeded to drill a hole in each and every shell whilst my son cowered behind the dustbin... (urrrmmm garbage can for those residing across the big pond). I emerged successfully with precisely drilled shells. Alternative methods suggested by my son which I don't recommend is ...
a) Use his toy gun,
b) Use a nail and hammer .
Tie several knots
After consulting the wife as to which particular style she would prefer, as she would be made to wear this at some point, my son slipped the shells onto the string and tied some knots, whilst I ensured each shell was tied about 1 inch apart and had a beer.
Several knots later hey presto...we have a necklace
Well my son managed to practise tieing some knots with his nimble little fingers, and is now proficient if the need arises in an emergency. However don't think he's ready to be let loose tieing a boat quite yet.
Present the gift
Well she wore it for a few seconds and then declared that it was probably a bit dangerous to walk around the house with it, especially as my baby daughter was eyeing up the shells for dinner.
So they're currently hanging on the washing line as a makeshift wind chime.
A message from Kitty Katz
No animals, real or imaginary were harmed in the process of making the above contraption. Although a little pride was bruised when a certain 18 month old madam insisted she wanted to leave her paw print on this website.
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Or...you can always buy her one instead....
If you don't have shells, a drill and a helpful 4 year old..... you can always buy your partner one. See below for further details....