I can almost guarantee that we have something in common…when we both grew up, we had some kind of collection from nature. Bugs, rocks, sea shells, pressed flowers, you name it. For me, it was rocks and eventually, seashells after a family vacation to PEI showed me just how many cool kinds there were. Now, I am using those shells for some beautiful, DIY seashell rings.
Now, when did you get rid of that collection? Are you one of the few who has kept it into adulthood? Because I am. Well, in part. I did gradually pare down my collection. Every year when I did a deep clean of my room as a kid, teen, and adult, I would cut back on the number of stones and shells in my collections. However, when I was setting up for the Craft Challenge, I realized I still had a fair amount.
As luck would have it, I drew rocks and shells as my Craft Challenge material for April. Right away I knew what I wanted to do. I have a lot of small but beautiful shells and stones that would fit perfectly on a ring. So, I set out to make wire and seashell rings for summer.
This is such a simple DIY and takes so little time that it is perfect for clearing out the remnants of your collections. If you have any choice shells or stones left, definitely save a couple and make some rings. They make beautiful fashion statements for the summer, or a well-deserved vacation, or can work as a gift as well!
Well, I’m keeping the story portion short today because I am actually late to writing this. The craft was so simple I left it to the last minute! Whoops!
Seashell Rings for your Summer Style
- 20cm of medium gauge wire (16 to 20 gauge)
- Small sea shells or rocks, cleaned
- Super adhesive craft glue, E6000 or similar
- Tubular “mold”
- Round nose pliers
- Flat nose or bent nose pliers
- Measure and cut a length of about 20cm of medium gauge wire (this is based on a size 7 ring).
- Wrap the wire three times around a tubular mold leaving straight bits at both ends about 4cm long. This can be any round surface. I actually used a toilet paper holder!
- Use the round nose pliers to create a small, tight circle at both ends.
- Place one of the circles between the flat nose pliers jaws, close the pliers and slowly pull the rest of the wire around the circle to make a spiral. Readjust as needed in order to get about 3 turns around the initial circle. Repeat on the other end.
- Now that your ring base is done, you just need to glue on the shell or rock and let it dry. Glue the shell onto 2 pieces of wire for stability or 1 piece of wire for the ability to re-size. I found having it sit on the two parallel bits of the wire between the spiralled ends worked best.
More Crafting Inspiration
Check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers and see what they created in April.
Mary from So Much Love, Mary: Magazine Clippings Journal
Martha from The Art in Martha: Alien Stuffie
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Felt Flower Bags + Felt Cupcake Cards
Deb from Lumina Spirit: Planner Clip Holder Flipbook
Megan from Make Something Mondays: Beach Inspired Candle Centrepiece
Heather from Shiftmama: Retro 80’s Glitter Bracelets
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Watercolour Birthday Card