Seashell Craft Idea: Framed Heart

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!

Stone Hearts Craft Idea

While summer is coming to its end – slowly here in Greece, thankfully – I am starting to implement some ideas I had before we started going to the beach. I love beach decor in houses and I saw some super cute heart-shaped craft ideas on Pinterest that were perfect to make with the kids. We gathered a lot of beautiful stone hearts and I thought that they would make some great summer keepsakes as well.

framed beach heart stones
Framed beach heart stones

I am not that much of a swim-in-the-sea person but I just love days at the beach. I spend most of the time – when I am not enjoying the sun and sound of the ocean – walking along the beach and looking for things worth picking up. Such things are mainly sea glass pieces, heart-shaped rocks, seashells, driftwood, and so on. My son comes along when he is not in the sea playing, as he is a collector of all things rare and special! So we managed to gather a few pieces and they are just enough to make the things I wanted. Here is how to make the first of the super-easy summer crafts! You can check out the other two DIY summer decors we made here:

The most time-consuming part is finding some nice pebbles in the shape of a heart, naturally. My sweet boy always comes running to give me his hearts as soon as he finds them (and of course my heart melts every single time he does it). And I make sure to give both of my kids a couple of heart stones when I find some. So we ended up with nine colorful heart stones, perfect for our craft idea.

stone hearts from the beach
The heart-shaped stones we used for our craft

Craft materials needed to make framed stone hearts

  1. A simple box frame (I preferred a white one, cause: beach!!). It was a very cheap one, to be honest!
  2. A hot glue gun or some other strong craft glue
  3. Heart-shaped stones or pebbles you found on the beach (you can buy some online, but I prefer imperfect self-gathered ones!)
  4. White sturdy cardboard and scissors
how to make framed pebbles
Easy how-to make framed pebbles instructions

Instructions on how to make framed heart pebbles

  1. Take apart your boxed frame. There should be a filler board inside the frame. Use it as a measure to cut the cardboard to the same size.
  2. Align your pebbles on the cardboard. You can try to divide it into a grid if it helps you place the pebbles nicely apart.
  3. Heat up the silicon gun. Glue each pebble to its selected place (this should be made by an adult to keep those little fingers from burning!).
  4. Reassemble the frame, without using the glazing in front. I inserted the glazing behind the cardboard to keep the whole thing from moving too much.
  5. And that’s it! You can decorate your frame with some beach decorations, but personally, I like it simple and clean!
diy framed stone hearts
DIY framed beach pebbles

I love how this stone hearts craft turned out, it’s really so simple but beautiful and so full of love and memories! The next thing I want to make is a sea glass craft and a seashell craft, both framed to make a set (I bought three identical white frames!!!). So stay tuned for more!!!