I found that the easiest way to make it is to look for shells with holes already in them. there are plenty of them since no one really picks them up. and they're usually in a perfect circle. Very easy to find.
I would also know what to get to drill the holes. I also have sea glass that I would like to use
Approximate Time: Two 20-30 minute sessions.
*Can lids must be the kind left when you use the Pampered Chef-style can opener. The other kind are too sharp around the edges!
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
What a wonderful idea for Daily Vacation Bible School. We try to always pick some kind of natural materials for projects too. Teaches kids about all the things God has put here for us to enjoy. There are so many things you can do with seashells if you live in an area where you can find them.
I was the art director for VBS for over 10 years and I too, looked for things like this to make as crafts, things that kids could keep and not be disposible. Be surprised when asking in the bulletin for the supplies how many come to share their collections!
How does one drill holes in sea shells to string them to make a wind chime?
With a dremel tool
I'm making my mother a sea shell wind chime for Mother's Day. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could put a small hole in the shells without breaking them?
Thanks to anyone who can help,
Brittany from Florida
You have too use a small drill bit & you have too turn it by hand or the shell will break. Have fun now they are fun too make.
I found it easy to use a dremel tool, to drill the holes in the shells. It works pretty good
Use a VERY small drill bit and drill a hole.
I just used a glover. This is a three sectioned pointed needle used with leather. My crab shell did not break due to the sharpness of the needle. For thicker shells, ie: mussels, etc. use a fine drill bit. These have worked for me. Good luck.
This is an sea shell wind chime I made when I got bored.
By Joyce wis
Here are instructions for making the wind chimes. If you have any questions, please post them.
I wanted something different so I got a star for the top instead of a circle -- I use 6 lb. fishing string, sea shells of any kind you want and a small drill bit.
Just be careful drilling the hole in the shell, because I did break 6 drill bits doing this. I bought the shells from a craft store so the shells were a little bit harder the regular shells are. I drilled a hole in just one end.
At each of the points of the star I tied the strings to go down. I didn't measure the string I just guessed at it, but it is about 2 ft. long. I put 6 sea shells down each string. Where I tyed the string together on the top, I put a fishing lure. I left it longer to come down for the center one where I have 8 shells coming down. I hot glued each one were i did tied the knots at so they wouldn't come out.
I hope this did helps you a lot. I also just got though making another one with the shells from when I go out too eat at a Chinese place here. Instead of leaving the clam shells there and let them throw them out I brought them home with me -- washed them up and let them dry.
Then the next day I drilled a hole in each end of it. There is 4 strands coming down with another in the middle.
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|Joyce - OH MY GOSH! Those are beautiful. I too have a bunch of shells that I have picked up on trips and the like. That is absolutely beautiful. I don't have any kind of drill though so could you please make a suggestion? I'd appreciate it. I am just jumping up and down on the inside. Thanks so much for the inspiration.|
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