May 042017

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As many of you already know, I lost my mom in February.  It’s been incredibly hard and even though it was expected at some point because she was very, very sick, it happened much sooner than my family was prepared for.

This is going to be the first Mother’s Day without her and even though I haven’t completely processed the fact that she’s gone (I still half expect to pick up the phone and have it be her on the other end), I wanted to do something special in her honor. Years ago, I remember visiting with a friend who had an angel on her wall made from beach rocks. My mom always loved the beach and I wanted to try to recreate the angel out of beach rocks.  That way whenever I walk past my Beach Rock Angel hanging on my wall, it will remind me of her.

Obviously, I needed some beach rocks to make my angel from and last weekend I headed to the beach to collect some rocks. Lucky for me when I went it was low tide so there were plenty of rocks for me to choose from. I went home immediately and got to work on my Beach Rock Angel.

Beach Rock Angel Craft To Always Remember Those We Love

Here’s what you need:

  • 5 beach rocks (1 for the head, one for the body, two legs and one for the halo)

  • 2 clam shells (approximately the same size)
  • An 8×10 frame
  • Black poster board
  • Scissors
  • Super glue

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by washing your beach rocks and shells.  If you don’t you will most certainly regret it because they will start to smell within a day or two.  Plus, they are from the beach and there is most likely sand on them.  I used warm water and dish soap to wash mine.

2. My plan was to glue the rocks onto the glass on the outside of the frame, but I needed something in the background of the frame to make the rocks and shells stand out. I accomplished that by using a piece of black poster board.

All I did was trace the paper that came inside the frame onto the poster board and cut it out.

I think the black background is perfect.

3. Next up is to glue the rocks and shells onto the outside of the frame using super glue. Since some of the rocks can get heavy, I would recommend using super glue as opposed to regular glue. That way the rocks are going to stay in place.

I started with the “body” so that way I knew where to place the rest of the rocks.

Once I had the body in place, I added the head, halo, two legs and then moved onto the clam shell wings.

4. Let the glue dry thoroughly and that’s it. You’ve got yourself a beautiful angel made out of beach rocks and shells. I actually ended up making three of them: one for me, one for my sister and one for my dad.  I am going to give them to them on Mother’s Day.  We are actually planning on meeting at the cemetery to release balloons that day, so I will give them their gifts there.

Of course I can’t just hand them to my dad and sister – I needed to wrap them first.  I was recently up at Hanscom AFB with my hubby, so I stopped into the AAFES store (or as most military people call it, the BX = Base Exchange) for some American Greetings wrapping supplies.

American Greetings has the perfect Mother’s Day card for every mom and I knew that the BX would have everything I needed in one place.  Think about it, on Army and Air Force bases, many of the people stationed there are removed from their extended families. It’s great that they can head to the AAFES store and get everything they need to celebrate Mother’s Day with friends who became family.

I ended up stocking up on an assortment of American Greetings gift bags, tissue paper and Mother’s Day cards for my mother in law and Nana. I was really happy by the variety and selection of gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper and cards they had.  Right now there is a promotion going on for American Greetings cards. If you buy 3 cards you will save $2 (4/17 – 5/14)!

Honestly, while I am kind of dreading Mother’s Day this year because of obvious reasons, I am thankful that I am going to be able to spend the day with my family celebrating my mom’s life.  I can’t wait to give my dad and sister their Beach Rock Angels because I know they are going to love theirs as much as I love mine.

What are you doing for Mother’s Day this year?

  83 Responses to “Beach Rock Angel Craft To Always Remember Those We Love #MoreThanAMom #ad”

  1. My mom loved the beach too. It will be a year on Saturday that my mom unexpectedly passed and this would be a great way to remember her. I love this idea!

  2. i love this idea!! so simple but SO cute. I want to do this with my kids when we go to the beach this sumner. Just pinned it!

  3. What a special gift! I love this idea! As a matter of fact, I think it might make a fun that I could do with my kiddos!

  4. Such a simple, lovely idea. I love doing crafts with my kiddies, especially using the natural things around us.

  5. That is the sweetest thing ever! It really is so beautiful. Great job!

  6. That’s a great way to remember your mom. It’s a very beautiful, very simple craft. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  7. These are really cute. I need to make a few of these in remembrance for family and friends we’ve lost.

  8. Oh I love this what a simple yet so effective idea and how awesome would it look once on the wall!

  9. What a great idea! I need to show my daughter. She’d probably want to do something like this.

    I love American Greetings! I picked up cards for my mom from them! Plus awesome bags.

  10. We are about to go on a beach vacation and I think this would be a great way to bring back a memory. I really love this craft.

  11. That is an adorable idea! We will be taking our first family vacation this year, so I need to let my daughter do this from some of our shells on the beach!

  12. Very Creative. My Aunt died a year ago. Maybe I can have my cousins daughter make one for her for Mother’s Day. Thank you for the idea

  13. Such great unique ideas. Personalized gifts are so meaningful. Will make one for my fiance soon.

  14. This is a great way to engage the creativity of your child. And it’s always fun to search for the perfect shells and stones on the beach.

  15. That is a cute project. I always love the memories I get when I look at seashells.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about your mum – I can’t imagine how hard that must be. This little project is really gorgeous and a very sweet tribute!

  17. Hugs!! I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. I remember that week. It is so hard, I have had a similar experience with my dad. I love the project. You should expect some tears when you give them to your dad and sister.

  18. The beach rock angels are a great gift idea. I love that you made one of each of you to remember your mother. Thanks for sharing this awesome mother’s day gift idea and it is a great way to remember your mother.

  19. What a cute idea and a very special gift that I bet no one will have. Kids are always collecting shells at the beach now they can be used for creative art rather than collecting dust in a jar.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Your angel is a wonderful reminder for you, and it came out super cute.

  21. Really like, this simple and exotic craft. Thanks fro sharing the details

  22. I had never thought that you can glue those rocks! That’s brilliant and came out really cute. 😉

  23. What a lovely way to celebrate and remember your mom. I’m sure she would love knowing you created this in her memory.

  24. This is such a sweet way to remember. We just lost someone and she asked to be at the beach so we honored that. We grabbed a few shells so maybe we will try this.

  25. The seashell angel came out great! Such a cute and creative craft to do with seashells, I love it!

  26. This is such a cute craft! This would be such a sweet keepsake for any mom or grandmother.

  27. Robin, I didn’t know. I’m so sorry for your loss. This is a gorgeous project. I hope you’re finding peace! Greeting cards are meaningful to me.

  28. Such a touching project and a great way to commemorate your mother. I bet these look great on your walls!

  29. This is such a beautiful project. I love it so much I’m sorry about you mother, but I hope this brings you some comfort and happiness

  30. These are beautiful and came out perfect! Such a thoughtful, creative and unique gift! I’m sure they will LOVE them! I absolutely love the ocean and the beach.

  31. This is such a sweet way to remember your mom, I’m sure your mom is really happy. I’m so sorry about your mom, sending hugs and kisses.

  32. This is such a sweet way to remember your mom, I’m sure your mom is really happy. I’m so sorry about your mom, sending virtual hugs and kisses.

  33. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s great to have something to do to support your healing process. Thanks for sharing.

  34. I’m so sorry for your mom’s passing. I can’t even imagine how hard that can be. I love your beach rock angel…it’s a beautiful way to remember our moms.

  35. I don’t generally do much on Mother’s Day. I do like to try to get together with my Mom if it’s possible. Your shell angel is lovely and a great way to remember her.

  36. We just lost the greeting card store by us. I am so sorry that it went. But those angels do look awesome. I will have to ask my daughter if she would like to make one. She loves crafts.

  37. This is such a great idea! My son loves collecting rocks, so why not make an angel out of them! I am so sorry for your loss 🙁

  38. Sorry about you loss. Those beach rock angels look really neat. Love how simplistic they look. 🙂

  39. Brilliant idea for craft enthusiast. Its looks easy to do but I think skills and passions of doing crafty things are needed to complete a nice piece like this.

  40. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful art display to remind you of your guardian angel.

  41. Great idea! I am on my way to the beach this month and a co-worker loves to get rocks from different states… don’t ask… I don’t know why… but this is an unique way that I can show my love and add to her collection… Thanks for sharing!

  42. This is so cute! I love this idea! Such a great keepsake or a gift. 🙂

  43. This is such a creative idea, such a cool effect.
    I like the touch for Mother’s Day.

  44. We usually just spend time together at home. My mother has passed as well and she’s the person I miss most this time of year. I think this is a lovely idea.

  45. This is an awesome way to remember your mother and honor her memory as well. I’m sure your dad and sister will appreciate these!

  46. So sorry to hear about your mom. I will be thinking of you over Mother’s Day weekend.
    I do love this craft – it’s so clever and it would be a great thing to have displayed in any home.

  47. I am so sorry about your mom! However, this is such a pretty DIY and I love the story behind it.

  48. This is an amazing idea and a great way to remember a loved one you’ve lost. It’s not that difficult to make either and it’s not way expensive.

  49. I am very sorry about the loss of your mother. I think this is a lovely way to remember her – and it is so nice that you made beach rock angels for your sister and father, too.

  50. Whenever I go to the beach I collect stones and shells. Now I got a great idea how I can use my collection.

  51. This is a great project to remember a loved one. I also love American Greetings and their cards (and all of their gift wrapping supplies.)

  52. This is a cute craft idea! I remember being a young kid who LOVED collecting rocks and shells at the beach. So much so that I wandered away from my family and was lost for an hour! Traumatizing experience! Hahaha.

  53. My kids are forever picking up rocks and shells. I should have them put them to use like this!

  54. This is such an adorable gift idea, I lost my pet and this seems like the perfect craft for my house 😉

  55. How cute! What a really great and creative idea! We have been into crafts lately and I think this would be a good excuse to have a trip to the beaches near us!

  56. This is really interesting. I’ve never seen anything like this. I love the idea.

  57. That’s such a cute idea! I would love to make this with our kids. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Awww they came out so beautiful. I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. I am sure she is watching over you all and just loves your beautiful creation.

  59. that’s a super cute craft. i’m sure my kids would love to so this. we have plenty of rocks around.

  60. This is a cute easy craft. Something the kids can make without getting too messy too.

  61. These are so pretty! Love how you used the shells as the wings. Too cute!

  62. What a sweet idea! My mom loved the beach, so this would have been special to her.

  63. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a special reminder of your mom you have created. I wish you all the best thoughts and prayers on Mother’s Day this year!

  64. That is such a great idea! I always try to rack my brain on cool things to use my shells!

  65. What a cool craft! I never thought of using shells that way. We usually get some sand and put them in a bottle, and label it to remind us of our beach trip. Next time I will make a beach rock angel too. Thanks for the idea.

  66. This is such a beautiful project, my friends mum passed away a few years a go and I know this time of year is always so hard for her. This project would be something she would love to do.

  67. This really touched me – what a lovely thing to do. Wishing you strength on the day. xxxx

  68. Oh I love this! My grandmother used to collect shells every year when they went to the beach. I need to get some of them and make an angel in remembrance of her. Thank you for sharing this lovely idea with us!

  69. This is such a cute craft! My kids are always asking to keep rocks and shells from the beach so his is a great idea!

  70. This would be such a cute and memorable craft for the little ones. I have to remember to pick up nice little rocks and seashells the next time we are at the beach!

  71. It is very sweet. I love how it turned out. I bet your mom would have loved it!

  72. This is a beautiful, thoughtful and simple to make memorial picture! Especially for someone that loved the beach and nature! I love it.

  73. You are so creative! this rock angel craft is so pretty I would love to make one to display on our mantel.

  74. What a nice craft for Mother’s Day! My daughters would love to make something similar with shells and rocks collected from a favorite beach.

  75. I’m glad you put the part in about washing the rocks. I don’t think I would have thought about that if I settled in to do this craft.

  76. What a beautiful idea. I lost my mum I’m very similar circumstances at the beginning of March and here in the U.K, we had our Mother’s days later – which was hard. I wish I had done something like this, I was just in too much of a daze.

  77. What a beautiful and simple craft. I have lost many loved ones lately so I would love to honor them with this craft.

  78. First, I saw your angel, and I thought, “What a cute beach craft!” after which I kind of put it in the back of my mind to remember next time I’m at the beach with my grands. Then I read your story and it brought the tears. (Oh, Robin, I am so very sorry for your loss.) Thank you for sharing this beautiful memorial to your Mom. ♥ Peace

  79. Wow what a beautiful idea for mother’s day~ my son has his own rock collection he would totally love this! Plus we gathered some cute sea shells at a family vacation last year and still have them! So perfect for this!

  80. Really simple and cute art project. It would be perfect as a keepsake from a family vacation.

  81. Cute idea for those that live near the beach. Simple and locational!

  82. It turned out looking great! We’d have to buy shells because we live no where near a beach. I thought about taking up rock painting with Isaak.