DIY: Seashell Mobiles

shell mobiles DIY
shell mobiles
Ivy making shell mobile
Ivy making mobile
making shell mobiles
Ivy's shell mobile
Happy Monday everyone! We’re back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break.

The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, carefully observing the sea and beach life all around us. We watched eagles swoop down to catch salmon right in front of us, we watched seals bob their heads in the sea, we chased sea otters off our raft, we caught crabs and fish, and we collected seashells and sand dollars and all sorts of beach treasures.  At one point I asked Easton where his shoes were and he told me they had been up in the car for the past four days! I suppose it’s a sign of a good holiday when your kids spend all day barefoot and in their pyjamas.

During the week, we spent lots of time in search of seashells with holes in them so we could make mobiles. We occasionally found the odd clam shell with a perfectly symmetrical hole in them — so perfect for our little project. (I have always wondered how this hole is created in the shells and then someone on Instagram told me why, and it’s fascinating!!!) After we collected a big enough collection of these perfect shells, we then sat down to create simple seashell mobiles using string and driftwood. Ivy created her mobile all by herself, simply by tying knots in the string and threading the string through the seashells.

She was so proud of the end result (and so was I!) that we hung it up on the wall behind our bed. Such perfect decoration for our beach house (along with the dreamcatchers we made a couple years ago!).

Courtney x


Comments (12)

Esther in Amsterdam
August 17, 2015

So pretty! (Maybe she can make one for me??) x

August 17, 2015

These are beautiful and I shall definitely be attempting these with my family! Thank you as always for some creative inspiration and sharing your ideas so beautifully.

August 17, 2015

I think the proper phrase is “bearing with us” instead of “baring with us.” 😉

August 17, 2015

wow. just… wow.

Courtney in London
August 17, 2015

Yes!! I’m so embarrassed! Thanks for the correction. x

August 17, 2015

Sorry, Courtney. I didn’t mean to embarrass you! Lovely post as always 🙂

August 17, 2015

Thank you Courtney – these are delightful! I’ve just returned from Ireland with a bag full of driftwood and shells so now I know what to do with them 🙂 My boys also collected many different feathers from a farm we visited while there, so I’ll have to make a dreamcatcher too!

August 17, 2015

I should have the kids make one of these for the new baby’s room. So cute! xx

August 17, 2015

pretty!! xx

August 18, 2015

I love this so much! I saw the picture in Instagram & showed my 5 year old & she made one on the weekend. We’ve recently moved to the beach and had a stash of lovely shells with holes in them so this was the perfect project.
Thank you for the inspiration.

August 18, 2015

It looks so pretty! And I am always saying “oh no, this shell has a hole…” Not anymore! Thanks!

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