May 312017

Summer is almost here and for my family that means one thing – the beach.  We get a season parking pass for the beach and will be there all summer long.  One of the things my boys really like doing while they’re at the beach is to collect things they find.  Sand dollars, star fish, shells, rocks, hermit crabs…you name it and they will spend hours searching for them. One of the things there seems to be an abundance of here in New England are clam shells. When my boys collected a huge bucket of clam shells recently, I had a brilliant idea.  I would make a fun clam critters craft out of them.  So that’s what I did and I am pretty happy with the way they came out.

Clam Critters Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Seashells
  • Large googly eyes
  • Brightly colored craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:
1. Paint the outside of two shells that are around the same size the same color and let dry. If you happen to get lucky at the beach, you might just find ones that are still attached, but that doesn’t happen too often.  Chances are you will have to find two that are similar in size and then glue them together.

2. When your shells are dry, carefully glue the back edges together using your hot glue (you will have to hold them slightly open until the glue dries).

3. Then glue two googly eyes to the front opening of the clam critters.

4. Make as many different colors as you’d like, you could even paint each one multiple colors. Get creative!

Have you ever done a craft project using treasures you’ve found at the beach? If not, this clam critters craft is a fun way to get started.  There is so much you can do with clam shells and beach rocks, but this is one of my favorites.

  99 Responses to “Clam Critters Craft”

  1. I used to love collecting shells when I was younger and I still have some of them at home as I restored them with varnish. I like the look of this clam critter craft x

  2. We are going to the beach soon and this is a great craft to do with what we find on the beach!

  3. Aww, look at these little things! This is such a fun way to make something crafty from beach souvenirs.

  4. This is such a cute craft. I will have to make some with my Son this weekend. We are having a beach themed party this summer and these will be perfect.

  5. Oh my gosh, those are TOO cute! I would love to make some of these with my daughters. They’re totes adorbs.

  6. Those are just about the cutest little things I’ve ever seen. Bonus points for being so easy to make, too!

  7. What a cute little craft. We collect a lot of shells when we’re at Myrtle Beach and could make these.

  8. This is such a cute idea! I have tons of seashells laying around that I have collected from countless beach trips.

  9. These are so adorable! I love that they are made with few resources, and that they are a great project for almost any age!

  10. This is really great timing. We just got back from a beach holiday and brought home a bunch of clam shells. My little guys are going to love doing this. Great idea, very creative! Thanks so much.

  11. These are just so adorable! I would love to make this Craft with my daughter such fun!

  12. These are cute. We always end up with a bunch of shells we don’t know what to do with, I see clam critters in our future.

  13. I’ll have to use this cute craft for a rainy day idea for this summer. The little clams are so adorable!!!

  14. Haha, my daughter would LOVE this so much, thank you. We’ll have to do this over the summer.

  15. These clam critters are so cute! I love how cute, and easy they are for all my three kids to recreate.

  16. I opened your blog and laughed out loud. I really needed that so thank you. These clam critters are adorable.

  17. My daughter is obsessed with collecting shells. What a fun craft to make after a beach trip! I am saving this!

  18. I love collecting things too. Those are so cute! I think we will go on a nature hike tomorrow and collect things to make little creatures.

  19. Very cute and creative. Kids must love this.

  20. These are so attractive and great. I love this trick, I am going to make it for my room decoration.

  21. Easy crafts always win me over! Easy crafts that I only have to oversee the hot glue gun are even more awesome! I love that the kids can get as creative as they want with these. I know that at least ONE of my children would end up covering an entire clam in eyes.

  22. so many things we can found at the beach, make me and my boy learning to be creative.

  23. These are very cute! They are very easy to make.

  24. This is so fun! It’s an adventure and craft experience all in one! I have so many of those googly-eyes stored away in my closets. Life of a teacher!

  25. This is a great craft idea to keep the children happy 🙂

  26. This is such a cute little craft! The kids would love to do this. We are totally trying it.

  27. Ha ha I love these, they’re so stinkin cute and colorful. I need to find some clams so we can make some of these, I’m sure it will be the kids favorite craft yet.

  28. Haha oh my goodness how cute are they? I can imagine them being great fun to make – love some good googly eyes!

  29. Oh my… those are just too adorable! I grew up by the sea so this is perfect to share with friends.

  30. What a Cute Idea. and I love to eat steamed clams so my kids can make tons! I will def save this for my Summer “I’m bored” ideas

  31. Haha these are so cute! And as you know we have no shortage of clam shells you can dig up here (I have to limit how many the boys bring home each time) so that’s awesome 🙂

  32. This is so freaking cute! What a fun project for the kiddos!! I bet they loved it.

  33. Hahaha! These are hilarious! My 3yo will put googly eyes on just about anything! Next time we head to the beach, we’ll pick up some clam shells so we can try this!

  34. These little guys are so cute! I love neat little craft ideas like this for summer. It’s fun to collect shells from the beach too.

  35. What a fun way to enjoy the beach at home. I love the bright colors and eyes. I bet your kids loved them.

  36. This is a great craft for all the seashells that get brought home from the beach. It would be cute to maybe paint the name of the Beach on the bottom as a memory!

  37. These are the cutest things! We live at the beach too, so finding shells is no problem. I also love how simple they look to make. Thanks for sharing this fun summer project!

  38. This is such a fun craft. I just collected some shells since I just got back from the beach. I might make them a little bit more grown up like adding gold paint and pearls instead but this could be fun for any age. Thanks for the suggestion and sharing this. I now have something I can do with my extra shells.

  39. Lol, those are stinkin’ cute. This would make a perfect little DIY to do with kids after they collect shells on their vacay!

  40. What a cool way to use shells from a trip. I have some from my beach trip.

  41. Googlie eyes make everything more fun! I’m thinking of all the beach critters we can make with these easy-to-get supplies!

  42. These are the cutest crafts ever to make with the kiddos

  43. These look like a super fun craft to do with the kids! I know my toddler would love it.

  44. How cute! We live in Florida and have collected many shells, so I’m sure that my 4 year old would love this!

  45. This is a really cute craft idea. I really like googly eyes.

  46. wow !! i love this craft work !! it is very impressive

  47. OMG this is adorable. I love cute fun kids crafts. Cant wait till we can do them!

  48. what a cute craft idea for a kids summer birthday party! or just do pass the time with my little critters this summer. Thanks for sharing.

  49. This is an adorable craft idea, what neat little clam critters! Loving their colorful design and those eyes!

  50. This is such a fun craft. My kids love doing projects like this for different seasons. This would be perfect after a trip to the beach.

  51. These are so cute Robin. What a great idea for those of us with tons of shells from all our beach vacation to actually put them to good use .

  52. Living close to the beach, we are there all the time, collecting all the shells! I love this fun/cute creative idea!

  53. I would love to do this with my daughter! They are so cute! As long as I set up an area where we can go crazy with colours haha

  54. This is SO CUTE! We haven’t hit the beach yet this year but we definitely plan to, and when we do I am going to get a bunch of shells to do this!

  55. All the kids in our area just got out of school and there will be a lot of free time to fill. This is a great craft to add to my “must do” list for the kids.

  56. Ok – how adorable are these shells as cutey clams? The googly eyes and the colored paint is adorable! I totally want to make some for summer decor!

  57. These are adorable & I think easy for young kids like my 5 year old granddaughter … so we’ll have to collect our sea shells when we’re at the beach this summer.

  58. This is a perfect way to create a DIY summer décor. I know the kids will love doing this.

  59. We have lots of shells here living at the shore. This is a super fun and creative craft. I love how inexpensive and easy it is.

  60. Great idea. I will surely do this craft with my kids. fun.

  61. I love these clams. They are so adorable. Thanks for sharing this great art idea.
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  62. These clam critters are so cute. I would love to make these with my niece’s kids. Thanks for sharing the awesome craft idea.

  63. Those are so easy and adorable! I love the idea and I’m sure the kids will like it as well. It’s not much of a mess, which I like!

  64. This would be a nice decor to add in a child’s room or during a summer party! Thanks for the idea! I can’t believe I never thought about this before.

  65. Perfect post, we just collected sea shells and now we know what to do

  66. These look so cute! Perfect to do in a weekend project with your children and have fun in the same time.

  67. We are actually headed to the beach this weekend. The kids usually pull up this giant Cohog shells. A project like this would be so much fun for them.

  68. I like this idea. Making them very colorful. I guess I need to collect more sea shells this time and make some of this.

  69. These are oh so cute. My kids love doing crafts but REALLY love doing crafts that they can keep and display. These would be super cute on their bedroom shelves!

  70. These are so adorable. I never would have thought to do this. Maybe with a rock. I love the bright colors though.

  71. Aww this is so adorable! I don’t have any shells around me nor anywhere near me but if I do go to the beach, i’ll think of grabbing some! xx corinne

  72. This brings back so many memories. When I was a kid I was obsessed with collecting shells. I used to have an entire cooler filled with them and I would spend hours cleaning them and reading all about the different types.

  73. What an adorable summer time craft. I know my nieces and nephews would love to do something like this one afternoon. Definitely going to try it out when they visit next month.

  74. I love this very creative. The colors are bright what a great idea.

  75. hehehe googly eyes! i looooove it!
    going to the beach is my fav thing to do when visiting my dads side of the family.

  76. This is such a fun and easy craft! Perfect for a day at the beach or at home… summertime boredom doesn’t stand a chance!

  77. These are adorable! I like to decorate my home with shells but I have never thought to do something like this before. My kids would love it!

  78. Aww these clam critters are so cute. My kids would love to make these crafts.

  79. the activity looks too much fun and these are so cute. My kid is going to love this..

  80. This is so adorable! It reminds me of the Moana Tamatoa craft I made on my blog. I didn’t think of doing similar steps to make a clam!

  81. These turned out so cute, my kids would love to do this craft!

  82. These are so cute. We do this thing at our school called Mini Society, and I know this would be such a fun craft for them to do there.

  83. they look cute indeed…and super colorful!

  84. It is really a cute craft idea. Colorful and simple.

  85. These guys are so cute! My daughter would love to do something like this. We just need some clams…

  86. I love this craft so much! My kids love collecting sea shells at the beach so this would be so fun for them! We are planning on a beach trip soon too!

  87. My mom loved doing crafts and creating with seashells. She would’ve loved this craft – so colorful and fun!

  88. That turned out so cute! It’s a perfect summer craft to tackle with my little girl. Thanks for sharing!

  89. Oh man! These are so cute! I am a total sucker for googly eyes!

  90. I love collecting shells and would love to try this DIY project. It is such an adorable idea! 🙂

  91. This is very nice! I think my niece would love to decorate her shells like this. What a cool idea.

  92. Aww these are so cute! We picked up shells from our last fam vacation to lake powell so this would be perfect!

  93. Omg how cute are these clams?!?! Totally a craft my daughter would LOVE!!! Going on our summer crafting list!

  94. cute clams. My kids would love them. Will try this for sure.

  95. These would be fun for the kids to make before a BBQ or dinner. They are fun and can color coordinate too

  96. Oh my gosh, they look so cute! That must be such a fun activity 🙂

  97. That’s a cute summer craft for kids. Love how it came out.

  98. I love googly eyes. How fun! They bright colors really add to this.