Broken Sand Dollar Project

5 Materials
2 Hours

The last 2 times we've been to the beach near my house, we've found a TON of washed up sand dollars. All different sizes. Some as small as a nickel and some much larger. However, the little ones are so delicate that lots of them broke before we got them home. I hated the thought of throwing them all away so I searched the internet for ideas on what to do with broken shells and saw some cute ideas that inspired me. Here is what I came up with...
I decided I was going to make the shape of Florida with all the shells. The first thing I did was find a good map online and printed it out. You could use any state you want, or any shape you want. A fish or dolphin would look great too! You can probably use different shells too. It doesn't have to be sand dollars.

I had an extra 11×14  gray barnwood float frame from Michaels Crafts from when I made this  sea glass project (and the frames were buy one get one free) that I've been wanting to use. This was the perfect project for it. A shadow box would be great for this too. Or a cool looking piece of wood.

By the way a float frame has no back or mat, it is just a frame with 2 pieces of glass. You usually put a picture between the 2 pieces of glass so it looks like whatever image you put in there is 'floating'. I just glued the pieces to the top piece of glass.
I taped the map to the back of the piece of glass and then traced it using an erasable pen. Then I started filling in the shape with broken sand dollar pieces and gluing them to the glass with my glue gun. I also made sure to use a few of the unbroken sand dollars too.
My 11 year old son helped me with this process and loved it. And he did a great job!
Anyway, you just continue to glue down pieces until you are happy with how it looks.
Once we were satisfied, I erased any pen marks that were visible.

Here it is before I hung it up (bad lighting, I know. Sorry!). It seemed sort of bare so I ended up writing the words Home Sweet Home, on the glass using some paint pens.
And here is how it looks after I added the words and hung it on my wall.
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  • Gruber
    on Oct 17, 2018


  • HorseRider1121
    on Nov 2, 2019

    This sound great. I think I will try it! Are you in Florida? Please add more posts about seashell crafts! Thanks!

    • The House house
      on Nov 10, 2019

      Yes I am in Naples, FL. I have tons of shells and will work in more shell projects. 😊

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