Monday, July 21, 2014

Make a Shell Mobile

I think I've mentioned in the past that I have a habit of collecting shells everywhere we go. We have jars and bowls filled with them, and while they are lovely reminders of trips past, they tend to add up.  I thought it might be fun to try a new way to display the group I collected this month on my little trip to East Hampton.  Unfortunately I was at a loss for a thin piece of drift wood, so this small branch had to suffice. Here's how simple it was:
You will need:
-A handful of flat shells
-Medium sized stick or piece of driftwood
-Fishing line (mono-filament)
-Scissors
A lot of times, these types of shells will already have small holes it them. For those that don't:  Use a small drill bit or dremel to carefully put holes near the top of each shell.
Lay your wood and your shells out in a basic pattern. I chose to make three unevenly spaced rows.
Beginning with the first row, fasten the fishing line onto the wooden and then work down, tying double knots through each shell hole until you reach the bottom.  Repeat on all rows and trim excess fishing line.  
When done, tie an extra piece of fishing line to either end of your stick for hanging.
 I love that these sun bleached clam shells are hanging on the wall now to remind me of roaming the sandy beach.  What are some of your favorite ways to display trip mementos?

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7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I'd love to make something like this for my classroom. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  2. Oh wow, this is just breath taking x

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  3. I have a similar mobile that my husband and I made 35 years ago, the summer we first began dating. The shells came from the coast of Maine. I think of our carefree days every time I see those shells hanging in our cottage.

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    1. So special Lisa, how wonderful that you've kept it all these years. A sweet,sweet reminder....

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  4. I have a similar mobile that my husband and I made 35 years ago, the summer we first began dating. The shells came from the coast of Maine. I think of those carefree days every time I see the shells hanging in our cottage.

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