Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends

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Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends,
If you live down by the sea shore, like we do, your kids are bound to leave the beach with at least one backpack full of clam shells each visit. As our pile continues to grow, week by week, I’m often desperate for new ways to use them up.

So, after my husband and the kids painted me my very own “Mother’s Day Clam Shells” – I swiped his idea and made some Clam Shell Friends with the kiddos this afternoon. It is a fairly easy craft to do, especially with younger kids – all you need is an abundance of clam shells, some paint, a package of googley eyes, and some spray varnish!

Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends,



  • Clam Shells
  • Googley Eyes
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Spray Varnish (I use washable paints – so the varnish is necessary to keep the colors on the shells!)


Step 1: Wash and dry your clam shells. Paint; allow to air dry.

Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends,

Step 2: Once paint is completely dry, have an adult spray varnish over them to keep the paint from washing off.

Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends,

Step 3: Once varnish is dry, glue on googley eyes.

Kids Craft: Clam Shell Friends,

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  1. says

    This is a seriously cute idea! I’m going to have to do a little research on where I can find some clam shells here in the desert, but I’m sure I can find some somewhere. Maybe I can ask a seafood restaurant or something? Anyhow, my girls would love this, they are obsessed with sea shells and mermaids, and I think this will be a great summer day craft!

    • weknowstuff says

      A seafood restaurant would be a great place to ask! Maybe they could search for rocks that “look” like shells. Our little girls love all things mermaids too :)


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