Sea Glass Craft Idea: Framed Dolphin

Sea glass is one of my favorite summer finds and making a cute dolphin with them was super fun!

Finally, the beach treasures we gathered have all found their destination. Seashells became a wonderful heart, our cute heart stones were put on display, and lastly, the sea glass pieces we gathered did find the ideal sea glass craft idea for them… it was rather hard to find out, I have to admit! But now I understand something I often heard or read about when somebody would find something and just pick it up saying: “I’ll figure out later what I want to do with that!”.

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If you don’t live close by a beach, or you have difficulty to find sea glass, don’t be sad! You can buy beautiful sea glass pieces on Amazon, take a look at our picks:

Sea Glass Craft Idea_ Framed Dolphin
Sea Glass Craft Idea Framed Dolphin

Our sea glass pieces were oddly shaped and in different sizes. Especially the two biggest pieces were puzzling me. I washed them, put them in vinegar to lose some of the salt, and shined them with a little baby oil as good as I could.

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So many pieces of sea glass in different colors, shapes, and sizes… what can somebody do with them?

Ideas for using your sea glass treasure

There are many people that have finding sea glass as a hobby! You can find tons of ideas online and in books!

There are even guides, lists, and tips for the best beaches for sea glass out there!

Other crafts to make with sea glass

Many people also drill a hole into sea glass pieces, but that’s too intimidating for me. Once drilled though, you can make beautiful necklaces or bracelets out of them. There are some already drilled sea glasses beads available online if anyone would want to try this out! Keep in mind though, that not everything called “sea glass” is actually found on beaches. There is a way to turn any glass piece or bead into a sea glass looking one, by sand wash them, but it’s a procedure you can’t easily do in your home.

I saw some summer craft ideas on Pinterest… they made super-cute frames with seahorses, trees or flowers with them, but to do something like that I would need much more pieces and more uniform ones… and then suddenly I realized that, putting the two big pieces together, they would resemble a big fishtail… but what kind of fish? Maybe a shark? Or a dolphin? My kids went for the dolphin and slowly it really all came together! All of the seashell parts seemed to belong in a certain dedicated spot. The fins, the beak, and the eye, they were all there. I really was impressed.

Framed sea glass dolphin
Our framed sea glass dolphin

Our own little DIY beach craft gallery

The three frames, the sea glass dolphin, the seashells that became a wonderful heart, and our cute framed heart stones, found their place above my kids’ desk… And the most important thing with these projects is that we gathered all the pieces together! They will always remind us of a wonderful summer! I for one, love them, and so do the little ones!!!

I think that the result is really cute and they make a great themed set.

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Our three framed beach craft ideas

Travel ideas and tips on how to find beaches with sea glass

If you want to search for sea glass by yourself, try some of these 15 must know tips to find beach glass like a pro by Travel Inspired Living!

Visit some of the best sea glass beaches in the U.S. as proposed in this article by Simple Most.

And even travel the world to find some of the best beach glass beaches as proposed by Far & Wide!

For more great information on sea glass and travel ideas, look at this bucket list about sea glass by Seatail!

Seashell Craft Idea: Framed Heart

Seashells are always fun to gather and making a cute art using them was easy and quick!

Time for my other summer project idea I had in mind this year, this time it’s a seashell craft idea: a framed heart! It is super easy to make, just as two other beach craft projects I wrote about. If you want, take a look at them, too!

The only thing I did differently this time, is that I used a background I had painted at some other time. It did fit into the frame so nicely! I thought it was perfect as I used blue, green, and white acrylic paints to paint it on a small canvas as I was thinking of the ocean at the time.

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Where to find seashells for crafts

Obviously, you can find seashells on a beach! But please keep in mind, that although seashells might look of no importance to nature for us, they do play their role in the ecosystem, as they can provide nutrients and shelter to other animals. So try to take only some of what you find and only what you really need for making your craft. If you don’t leave close by a beach but still want to make some seashell crafts, you can buy mixes on Amazon.

How to make our seashell craft idea

I arranged the seashells so they would create the outline of a heart, and I added one seashell to each corner of the frame. Everything was glued in place with the hot glue gun. You could choose any shape you want or even create people or a landscape with seashells!

beach craft framed sea shell heart
Beach craft idea: framed seashell heart

I really love the end result! It totally complements the other beach-themed crafts we made this summer. The ultimate goal here is to create something that will remind us of the summer that has past, so perfection is not what I seek!

What I love most about these summer craft projects is the excitement in my kids’ eyes while gathering, creating, and decorating with all these treasures!