Last fall when my father-in-law, Phee's Gramp, camp to visit, he brought a box of seashells that Nana had found over the summer. Nana knows that we like our arts and crafts! I forgot about the box of shells for a while and just came across them again this week as Phee and I were looking for a project.
At first, I thought we might just play with them for a bit. The box turned out to contain three large shells that were just begging to be crafted, though. (Thanks to Nana who thoroughly cleaned the shells before sending them!) We're currently working on landscaping our backyard and garden beds. I thought these might be perfect decorations for a little corner of one of the beds.
Better still, Nana would certainly love to put them in her flower garden. So, I got out the acrylic paints and the shells and Phee set to work creating some fantastic artwork to go with Nana's beautiful flowers.
- Acrylic paint
- Clear sealer
- Once the paint is dry, use the clear sealer to protect your shells.
Phee did a fantastic job with these shells. I just love them. We had some excellent paint colors to work which certainly helped. (I bought those colors for another project so stay tuned!) I'm hoping we can find some more great shells on vacation this week so that we can do this project for our own garden.
This is a great toddler project. They can paint to their heart's content and the result doesn't really matter. The mess was easily contained with paper on the table and a big paint shirt on Phee. The results are fairly immediate. And, for toddlers who haven't reached the stage where they care about the finished project, this is perfect. They get to create and someone else gets to enjoy the art!
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