Every summer parents across America are faced with the trying task of figuring out what to do with all the shells their little bundles of joy ever so carefully selected from a sandy beach, lovingly placed in a bucket, and insisted on bringing home. I’ve got 3 children, which means every time we take a trip to the beach we come home with approximately 3,000 shells, factor in a couple of beach trips a year and we’ve had to start getting pretty creative with our goods.
To figure out approximately how many shells you will take home this year use the following equation A x B x 1,000= yearly shells netted. For A input the average number of children you plan to take to the beach this year and for B input the number of times you plan to visit the beach. Your final number is just an approximation. Actual shell counts may vary depending on which beach you visit and the vigor with which your child hunts.
If your numbers are anywhere near as high as mine, figuring out what to do with shells from the beach is no easy task, and I know you will appreciate this round up of ideas.
Make a Shell Necklace
Necklaces are great because they have the potential to use a large number of shells at one time. There is a ton of shell necklace inspiration on Pinterest, but I liked this one the most because it looks like something my kid could actually make.
Paint a Shell
It’s like painting rocks. No one knows why people do it, but they do.
Make Some Kind of a Beach Critter
Nothing will bring back memories of your special family vacation like a couple of these guys on your fridge. We made crabs similar to these magnet crabs from Red Ted Art a few years ago and they came out super cute! James has an obsession with turtles so we’ll have to try those this year.
Put the Shells in the Sandbox
And let your kid dig them up again. Then bury them. Then Dig. Lather. Rinse Repeat. It’s like the song that never ends and if you’ve got a toddler it will certainly go on and on my friend.
Hide Them In Decorate Your Garden
There are some people who can really pull off the seashells in the garden look. You take one peak at their perfect collection of sand dollars and conch shells strategically placed in the planter filled with sand and a single tuft of beach grass and feel like you’re back on vacation. Unfortunately when I’ve tried to pull this off it’s ended up looking like that little section of the beach that everything washes up on… but you know it’s still an idea.
Throw Them Out
I know what your thinking, “But little Tommy Junior picked this shell out especially for me!” Oh honey I know he did. That was a special moment wasn’t it? But you still have 700 shells left to use and your running out of storage space. Little Tommy will never know if you throw the rest of his shells out. You can do this. It’s like ripping off a bandaid. Painful at first and then such a relief to get rid off.