Shell Necklaces


We have made it to Ireland and back! Holidays in Northern Europe do mean un-spoilt empty beaches and spectacular scenery. They also mean a lot of rain and the need for creative parents to keep the younger family members occupied.

A classic rainy holiday activity: shell-necklace making. I think these have been made by every generation since pre-historic times. (I can actually imagine cave-dwelling mothers sighing while looking out of their cave at the rain outside and saying to their fur-clad kids: ”OK, why don’t we make shell necklaces as an activity today?”).

Anyway, it could not be easier, all you need are shells collected from the beach of all shapes and sizes, some nylon fishing thread and a tiny screwdriver/ drill to make holes in the shell (best left to the adults). A few shells might shatter whilst having a hole made in them, but the majority will stand up to the task and are ready to string onto the fishing thread.

Esther made some lovely shell necklaces last year mixing wooden beads with the shells, an idea I adopted as I got a little bit bored drilling holes after a while.

– Emilie

6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Hopper | August 9, 2012 | Reply

Emilie, what a beautiful picture of your daughter! Just gorgeous.

2. Emilie | August 11, 2012

Thank you! I am biased, but I love that photo too

3. Marta GM | August 9, 2012 | Reply

Believe it or not, we look for shells that have a hole already… it takes ages but we like to spend time looking for them, ha, ha. Instead of fishing thread, we’ll try to use leather, we’ll see if it works… Happy holidays!

4. Emilie in Paris | August 10, 2012

Thank you, holidays are the best, aren’t they. Love the leather idea!

5. Maria | August 10, 2012 | Reply

I am with Marta… Evie and I spend time at the beach looking for shells with holes but now we don’t have to pass up the ones that don’t! We are saving up all our shells so that when fall comes on a ‘boring’ day we can remember our days at the beach by making necklaces! Love your final product, it inspires me to what we need to get ready for our project. Cheers, Maria

6. Esther in Amsterdam | August 18, 2012 | Reply

SUCH a cute photo of Coco! And I love the shell necklaces you girls made. Adorable!! xxx

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