You Will Need ...
  1. Seashells (a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors is best)

  2. Hot glue (or tacky glue)

  3. Pipe cleaners

  4. Googly eyes

  5. Decorative items: wine corks, lace, sequins, feathers, puff balls, etc.

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Step 1: 

First, be sure to wash your shells carefully with warm water. You want to make sure there's no sand or sea salt residue on your shell, as it might interfere with gluing. Now, in this tutorial we're going to show you how to make a caterpillar using your shells, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and puff balls. But one you've got the technique, you can make anything you want! So, to start, place a dot of hot glue on your shell and affix a puff ball. This should be done by an adult to prevent any accidents with the hot glue! Allow the glue to cool before adding on another piece.

Step 2: 

You want to put your glue in the middle of the flat back side of your shell, then press your puff ball into it. Begin building your shell-and-puffball pieces into a train by adding more glue to the back of the puff ball and adding another shell. When you are done, glue your googly eyes to the side of a puff ball.

Step 3: 

Glue your caterpillar's head onto the first shell of its body. Glue on small pieces of pipe cleaner (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length) to the top of his head. At the tip of his "antennae," glue another shell, preferably a small one, like our teeny-tiny snail shells.

Step 4: 

It's as simple as that! You can build anything you like using your shells, glue, and decorating supplies!

Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 2 children

1. Let the shape of the seashell dictate the creature.
2. Use natural items: pebbles, driftwood, dry leaves, seed pods, etc. to make an all-natural critter.
3. As always, glue guns should only be used with the assistance of an adult.


1. Besides making stand-alone critters out of seashells, you can also draw or paint a scene on a piece of paper or cardboard, and then glue your shells on as accents to the picture!

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