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The beach is a wonderful place to relax -- but why not get creative while you're there? Beach crafts are fun diversions that leave you with lasting, handmade memories of your trip to the shore.

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Many of the materials you'll need for a beach craft are things you can find yourself. It's a satisfying way to transform your trip without spending a lot of money.

Follow the links below and learn how to make your own beach crafts:

Snag Some Seashells

A seashell is a great starting point for a beach craft -- but first you've got to find one!

Sand Clay Sculpture

Incorporate the sandy beach into your sculpture with this craft technique.

Seashell Wind Chimes

The gentle breeze that jostles your wind chimes will take you back to the shore.

Keep reading to learn how a sea creature's former home can be a great beach find.

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Snag Some Seashells

Snag a sea shell.
Snag a sea shell.
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Start a collection of treasures and gems from the sea when you snag some seashells with these tips.

What You'll Need:

  • Bucket for collecting shells
  • Old newspapers

A sandy shoreline, especially one protected by an offshore reef, is a great place to collect shells in the morning of a calm day at low tide, especially after a storm. Strong winds and high waves will have littered the beach with ocean debris.

Carry a bucket and some old newspapers for wrapping up your shells. When you find a good shell, check it for animals. If it is empty, wrap up the shell in newspaper and add it to your bucket.

The next beach craft is a sandy sculpture that's sure to make a great shore project.

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Sand Clay Sculpture

Make souvenirs of your beach vacation with this simple recipe for a sand clay sculpture.

What You'll Need:

  • Old double-boiler
  • Sand
  • Cornstarch
  • Wooden spoon
  • Hot water
  • Beach souvenirs
  • Oven
  • Spray varnish

To make sand clay, use a double-boiler that you may scratch up. This mixture is very abrasive!

Step 1: Measure one cup of fine sand and a half-cup of cornstarch in the top pan of the double-boiler. Stir together to mix the sand and starch.

Step 2: With adult help, add a half-cup of hot water and stir. Cook over boiling water for ten minutes or until the mixture is thick and the starch is cooked. Don't let the bottom pan go dry.

Step 3: After the clay cools, make your sculptures. Decorate them with beach treasures like shells and rocks.

Step 4: With adult assistance, bake your sculptures on a baking sheet at 300 degrees until dry. Let your sculptures cool at room temperature for a day or two, then have an adult cover them with spray varnish to keep them from flaking.

Keep reading to learn to make a craft that recalls the ocean breeze wherever you hang it.

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Seashell Wind Chimes

Seashells can make beautiful music on breezy days when you make a set of seashell wind chimes.

What You'll Need:

  • Seashells (especially clams, mussels, and oysters)
  • Awl or nut pick
  • Coat hanger
  • String or strong fishing line
  • Safe scissors

Step 1: Pick attractive shells that you don't mind breaking. Shells from animals with two shells, such as clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops, make good wind chimes.

Step 2: With an adult's help, take a metal awl or a nut pick and gently work it back and forth in one spot, boring out a small hole for string to run through. The slower you go, the less likely you are to break shells.

Step 3: Tie each shell to a piece of string and suspend it from your coat hanger. Make sure the shells are close enough together to clink. Suspending some shells lower than others makes a nice pattern.

Step 4: Hang your chimes anywhere that the breeze can catch them. You may want to bring them indoors on very windy days so that the shells don't break.

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ABOUT THE ACTIVITY DESIGNERS

The following activities were designed by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.

Snag Some Seashells

Sand Clay Sculpture

Seashell Wind Chimes