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DIY Seashell Seahorse Craft

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We’re getting so close to summer… longer days, warm weather and for our family, days spent at the beach. I love adding beachy elements to my decor. When my kiddos were younger they loved collecting seashells and I love incorporating them within our home. I’ve got  a fun craft that makes for a gorgeous beachy decor project… a DIY Seashell Seahorse.

DIY Seashell Seahorse Art

This is such a fun, summer DIY craft project using small shells.

Supplies for Seahorse Art

Materials You’ll Need

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Creating a Seahorse Outline

Step By Step Instructions

I placed the paper with the drawing of the seahorse on top of the canvas and used painter’s tape to hold it in place. Then I used a pencil and pressed firmly, tracing over the line a few times till I could the outline.

Then have some fun filling in the seahorse with shells attaching them with your glue. I started at the top of the seahorse and worked my way around. You could use a hot glue gun if you want, but I loved the glue I used for this summer project.

Seahorse filled in with shells

I started by tracing the outside, working in sections to let it set up and dry.

Then I filled in the interior.

DIY Seashell Seahorse Art

I love how my Seashell Seahorse turned out.

I love nautical elements and have beachy elements in my everyday decor… so this baby will stay out throughout the year. I love the rustic burlap fabric edge to this canvas, but you could definitely frame this piece of art if you wanted.

Beachy Seahorse Seashell Art

Your options are endless too… I think I’m going to make a collection… since I’ve got a ton of shells still.  I’m going to do a shell, crab, palm tree, etc… with various sized canvases.

Seashell Seahorse Art

Today I’m thrilled to be joining some other seashell lovin’ bloggers to share with you some Seashell Crafts!  Check out these other great ideas!

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  1. I love this! And your seahorse outline is perfectly simple and easy. Do you mind sharing the outline of the seahorse you used?

  2. Such a great idea for not wasting seashells that we collected from the sea. Thank you so much for providing the great ideas. Yesterday I have my birthday and I think this is going to be something special to keep myself busy all the day as I am introvert and don’t like parties or any other occasion that is full of peeps.

  3. love this!!!!!! My grandmother lived on the NC coast. She taught me the love of seahorses. I will definitely be making this.

    1. Exactly! We’ve got gobs too… unfortunately most of what my kiddos collected were too big for this smaller canvas… but I’m going big next one.

  4. How creative! I love seahorses and have lots of small shells just perfect for a project like this. I can think of so many ways to use a cute coastal seahorse canvas like this one too!

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