Beach Crafts for Kids

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

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