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Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell


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April 5, 2019

Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - scallop shell crabI 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!

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Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 crab

Supplies:

  • 1 scallop shell
  • red acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • 3 long red pipe cleaners
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • 2 small confetti rounds or googly eyes
Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Paint the shell red and allow to fully dry.
  2. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - paint the shell red and allow to dry
     
  3. Cut 2 of the pipe cleaners into quarters, and 1 of them in half.
  4. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - cut pipe cleaners
     
  5. 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.
  6. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - hot glue the shorter pieces onto the back side of the shell for legs, bend a bit on the ends
     
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  7. 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.
  8. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - for claw, bend the longer ones into an M and mover the first section under the first diagonal
     
  9. Now move the long stem under the second diagonal. It will look like the letter Y. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner.
  10. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - move the long stem under the second diagonal to make a Y shape, repeat
     
  11. Glue the claws to the top of the back of the shell.
  12. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - glue in place
     
  13. Glue on the little eyes.
  14. Making a Crab from a Scallop Shell - glue on the eyes
     
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