Make a Cute Fox from Shells

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May 19, 2019

Make a Cute Fox from Shells - finished shell fox faceThis is a fun little fox project using scallop and mussel shells, paint, and glue. I keep all the shells from my meals (and trips to the beach) just to make these little animals. They make great little gifts!


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 fox


  • 1 scallop shell
  • 2 mussel shells
  • acrylic paint (orange, black, white)
  • paintbrushes
  • hot glue gun with glue
Make a Cute Fox from Shells - supplies


  1. Paint the main part of the scallop shell and the pointed halves of the mussel shells orange. Allow to dry.
  2. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - paint the main part of the scallop shell orange, also paint the pointed half of the mussel shells orange, allow to dry
  3. Place a glob of hot glue on the unpainted part of a mussel shell.
  4. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - put a blob of glue on the unpainted portion of the mussel shells
  5. Quickly affix to the top inside of the scallop shell. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - quickly glue to the scallop shell as shown

  7. Use black paint to add eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Allow to dry.
  8. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - paint eyes, nose, and mouth on with the black paint
  9. With the white paint, add some sparkle to the eyes. I like two dots on each eye.
  10. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - use white paint to add sparkle to the eyes
  11. Add some fur to the centers of the ears, on top of the nose, and around the mouth.
  12. Make a Cute Fox from Shells - add fur to the insides of the ears, above the nose and around the mouth
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