Shell frames are a unique handmade gift idea that kids can make. Children from toddlers to teens can make these beautiful shell frame keepsake gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any other occasion!
The frames can be filled with handprints, footprints, photo’s or artwork to complete this unique nature craft gift idea.
My 2.5 year old daughter and I had so much fun crafting these together. I made the top one while she did the other two “all by herself!” Her grandparents are going to love them!
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Shell Frames with Handprint Keepsake Gift
Shell Frames Materials:
- Frames [raw wood or finished]
- Sandpaper [if using raw wood]
- Glue gun or crafting glue
- Canvas Paper for the hand print [You can also use Photo’s, footprints, or your child’s art to fill the frames.]
- Acrylic Craft Paint for the hand print
- Mod Podge and foam brushes
Shell Frames Directions:
Step 1 – If using raw wood sand first.
Raw wood options:
- You can paint the frames with Mod Podge or colored acrylic paint and allow to dry before applying glue and shells if you wish.
Step 2 – Place glue around the frame
- Allow your child to be as creative as they like with glue pattern or just help them draw a simple line of glue around the edge of the frame.
Step 3 – Arrange shells
- Invite your child to put the shells in the glue on the frame. Allow to dry.
Step 4 – Mod Podge (optional)
- Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge on top of the wood and the shells to seal and protect.
- I did this step because my daughter was only 2.5 at the time. An older child will be able to do this on their own.
Step 5 – Make handprints (optional)
- This step can be done while waiting for glue and shells to dry before Mod Podge if desired.
- Use canvas paper for an artistic effect.
- Paint your child’s hand with an acrylic paint color of choice.
- Carefully press onto the canvas paper and carefully lift off.
- Allow paint to dry.
Step 7 – Place Handprints in Frames
- Cut out handprints and place inside frames.
- A good trick is to use the insert or backing inside the frame to place over the hand print and trace to easily cut to the correct size.
- Alternatively you can place photo’s, foot print’s, or your child’s artwork inside.
Step 8 – Give as gifts or enjoy for yourself!
Homemade gifts that kids can make are always a hit with friends and family. Children from toddlers to teens can make these beautiful shell frame keepsake gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any other occasion!
The frames can be filled with handprints, footprints, photo’s or artwork to complete this unique nature craft gift idea. Make some today!
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