Easy painted seashell snails

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids

The next time you go to the seaside look for some periwinkle or sea snail shells and bring them home. With a lick of paint and a twist of modelling clay you can turn them into these colourful snails.
 
These painted seashell snails are a an easy seashell craft for kids to enjoy this summer.

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Age: Little kids to big kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids
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You will need:

  • Sea shells
  • Paints – acrylic paints work best
  • Paint brush
  • Modelling clay
  • Cocktail sticks

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids
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Step 1: Paint your sea shells

Paint your sea shells in nice bright colours.

Acrylic paints work best as they apply a thick layer over the shell.

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids
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Step 2: Add some pretty patterns

Once your base coat is dry paint on some patterns.

You could add on dots, zig zags, swirls or lines.

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids
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Step 3: Make the snail’s body

Take some modelling clay and make a sausage shape.

Then bend it so that you form your snails head sticking up at one end.

Use the end of a cocktail stick to make  little holes for the eyes and mouth.

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Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids
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Step 4: Put your snail’s shell on his body

Now pop the painted shell onto your modelling clay.

Break off the ends of a cocktail stick and poke them into the top of the head to make the antennae.

Why not make a whole snail family of painted seashells?

 

Painted seashell snails - these easy seashell crafts are a great summer craft for kids