Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell

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After serving a delicious appetizer of scallops or upon your return from beachcombing, make this cute scallop shell crab to add to your decor. This is a page about making a crab from a scallop shell.


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I like to buy scallop appetizers at the seafood shop. They come in these beautiful shells, so I clean them and keep them for crafts. I've made a little red crab with one of them here. It's pretty easy to do and looks so cute. You can add a magnet to the back and put it on your fridge, if you like!

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 crab


  • 1 scallop shell
  • red acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • 3 long red pipe cleaners
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • 2 small confetti rounds or googly eyes


  1. Paint the shell red and allow to fully dry.
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  3. Cut 2 of the pipe cleaners into quarters, and 1 of them in half.
  4. To make its walking legs, hot glue the shorter pieces of pipe cleaner on the back side of the shell. Bend the ends a bit.
  5. To make the crab claws, bend the end of a longer pipe cleaner into an M shape, then move the first section under the first diagonal.
  6. Now move the long stem under the second diagonal. It will look like the letter Y. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner.
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  8. Glue the claws to the top of the back of the shell.
  9. Glue on the little eyes.
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