Memory Craft: Shells

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My husband and I love the beach, and our boys are following in closely in our footsteps. This summer we spent time with my parents in Aruba. It was a great time together and I wanted to create something special with our boys as a reminder of our vacation.

Shells from the Beach

While at the beach, my boys collected a lot of coral pieces and smaller shells that they were insisted needed to come home with us.  The pieces were a mix of various shells because large complete seashells are hard to find in Aruba (the water is so calm and shallow on the beaches that few large shells make it to the shore).

While Big Brother is all about ‘collections’ these days, I am not! We sorted through our ‘collection’ together and kept only our favorite seashells to bring home and make a special craft with our seashells. We couldn’t be happier with how great our Beach Vacation Memory Craft turned out!

Memory Craft Materials:

                • Plaster of Paris
                • Sand Mold
                • Seashells
                • Water
                • Toothpick/Skewer (used for engraving the date)

Beach Vacation Memory Craft Directions:

Fill the bottom of your sand mold with your favorite seashells. Place the colored or designed side down.

Next, follow the directions on the box to mix up your Plaster of Paris. You will add water to the mix until you reach a ‘pancake batter’ consistency.

When you reach the right consistency, you need to work quickly to pour it  into the mold over the seashells.

Allow to set for about 20-25 minutes, until firm to touch. Then, use your toothpick or skewer to etch in your child’s name or date of your vacation.

Set aside for 24 hours to complete its setting process. To speed up the process you can place it in direct sunlight and or gently remove the cast at around 12 hours from the mold and set it on a cookie rack to allow drying from all angles.

To remove the cast from the mold, slide a sharp knife around the edges of the mold to loosen and then gently tap the mold.

Display on a shelf, or even add a hole (at the time of engraving) to create an ornament.

What a great and fun after-vacation craft to do together as a family to remind yourselves of all your great vacation memories!

Kids love to collect shells at the beach.  Here are a few ideas for some other fun ways to use shells:

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is wife, a mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She writes at Cheerios and Lattes where she shares activities for young children addressing all types of pre-school skills such as gross and fine motor, behavior suggestions, and pre-reading ideas. You’ll also find many great recipes, DIY projects, and projects for families to work on together. Join Cheerios and Lattes on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter as @Cheerios_Lattes.

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