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.

  6. puff balls

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Step 1: 

You can use purchased shells or shells you have collected.  If your shells come from the beach, be sure to wash them thoroughly 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. To begin, place a dot of hot glue on your shell and affix a puff ball.

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!

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Recycled: 
Fodder
Supervision: 
1 adult per 2 children
Tips: 

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.

Variations: 

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!

Variation Photos: