Make a daisy flower craft with shells! This shell daisy nature craft is an excellent fine motor activity for both kids and adults. Nature crafts like this flower craft are the perfect way to use the shells you find on your daily adventures and family vacations. Learn how to make a shell daisy to turn the seashells you collect into a keepsake craft. Shell crafts make a great homemade gift idea!
Creating shell crafts is a great way for both young children and older adults to exercise the fine motor muscles in the hand. Fine motor activities can strengthen these fine motor muscles and help prepare the hand for writing and more detailed hand work.
Sewing is another great activity to help develop the fine motor muscles in the hand.
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Daisy Flower Crafts
Making flower crafts with seashells is a fun way to use the shells collected on your daily adventures and family vacations. Shell crafts made with shells collected on family vacations make a special keepsake that your family will treasure.
We had some shell leis from a trip to Hawaii that we used to make this beautiful shell daisy nature craft.
While my daughter was making this as a gift for one of her grandma’s for Mother’s Day, I was making shell flowers for my husband for our fourth wedding anniversary.
It is traditional to gift your significant other with flowers on the fourth wedding anniversary, so I thought shell crafts made into flowers would be a perfect gift idea for our 4th wedding anniversary!
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Shell Daisy Craft Supplies
If you don’t already have a stash of shells that you have collected you will need to go on a nature hunt to find some shells, stones, and twigs to make shell flower crafts.
- Small white craft shells or white shell leis
- Small stones
- Wood plaque or wooden canvas
- Sanding sponge
- Turquoise-blue liquid watercolor paint (or another liquid watercolor)
- 1 inch flat wash watercolor brush
- Mod Podge with a foam brush or spray varnish
- White glue
- Leaf green and bright yellow acrylic paint. (Optional – if you would like to see how shell flower crafts look when left natural, check out Shell Flowers)
Shell Daisy Nature Craft Step by Step Tutorial
Follow these simple step by step directions to make daisy shell crafts. A photo tutorial can be found below the written instructions.
Step 1 – Sand Wooden Plaque or Canvas for Shell Crafts
Step 2 – Paint Wooden Plaque or Canvas for Daisy Shell Crafts
It is really easy to paint wood with liquid watercolors. The watercolor paint soaks right into the wood producing a vibrant canvas for daisy shell crafts. Have a look at handprint art craft that we made with a wooden canvas and watercolor paints if you would to see more colors.
Allow liquid watercolor paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3 – Apply Sealant to Protect Wooden Plaque or Canvas
Step 4 – Paint Stone and Twig Stem (Optional)
Step 5 – Glue the Twig and Stone onto the Wooded Plaque or Canvas for Daisy Shell Crafts
Decide how you would like to position the shell flower craft on the wooden plaque or canvas. Use white glue to attach the twig to start the shell daisy craft.
Next, glue the stone to the wooden plaque or canvas at the top of the twig.
Step 6 – Draw a Daisy Flower with Glue Around the Stone
Use white glue to draw a daisy around the stone. Do not use a glue gun to complete this step because the glue will dry too quickly.
Step 7 – Arrange Shells to Make Daisy Petals
Arrange shells in the white glue to create the petals of a daisy.
Step 8 – Apply Sealant over Wood and Shells (optional)
Apply another coat of Mod Podge or spray varnish on top of your shell daisy to seal and protect your shell craft.
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Shell Daisy Flower Craft Keepsake Gift Idea
Making flower crafts with seashells is an excellent fine motor activity for both kids and adults. Use shells collected on your daily adventures and vacations to make a special keepsake that your family will treasure.
Once finished shell daisies make a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, or a birthday!
Flower crafts made with shells are also a great gift idea for the 4th wedding anniversary, which is traditionally flowers because shell flower crafts will last a lot longer than a bouquet will. Unless you make a felt flower bouquet!
For more fun shell crafts, have a look at these shell frames that kids can make. You can fill them with your child’s handprint, footprint, or photograph for a keepsake worthy gift.
You may also like this awesome collection of nature crafts and homemade gifts kids can make for family and friends.
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the power of the imagination, learning through play, making this world a greener place to live, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…