Craft Project – Painted Kitty Cat Seashells for Garden Yard Art

For the past 9 months we’ve been sharing with all of you several seashell and clam shell theme’d craft projects. Every time we go down to the beach house, we come home with several large bags of collected seashells and are always looking for fun ways to use them in our crafting projects.

Today’s kid’s seashell craft project is super easy-to-make and my 8 1/2 year old granddaughter had a fun time making them in a variety of different colors. You can change up the paint colors to coincide with your favorite feline friend!

Note: We used clean and dry x-large clam shells that we collected from the beach. Each one measures at least 5″ in width. If you don’t have seashells, you can use river rocks too! Even though my granddaughter made them, I did have to assist her when it came to using the extra-strong adhesive. Materials list is per kitty cat.

Kid's Craft Project - Painted Kitty Cat Seashells

Kid’s Craft Project – Painted Kitty Cat Seashells (clam shells)

X-Large clam shell
2 small oyster shells
Acrylic paint in desired colors
Paint brush, water dish, paint palette
Sharpie fine-tip markers
Newspaper and paper towels
E-6000 Adhesive Glue
Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer

Lay newspaper down on your work surface. The cat that we’re featuring in today’s post is primarily black in color.

Paint two coats of black acrylic paint on the outside of your large clam shell, letting each coat dry for approximately 30 minutes. Paint two coats of black acrylic paint on the inside of each little oyster shell, to serve at the cat’s ears. Our little oyster shells are about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ in length. Great way to use up those super-small seashells that you collect at the beach.

We used white acrylic paint to draw two medium-sized ovals onto the cat’s face to serve as his eyes. We used pink acrylic paint to make his triangular-shaped nose. We used a silver metallic fine-tip Sharpie marker to draw on his whiskers and a black fine-tip Sharpie marker to make his pupils.

Have an adult use the E-6000 adhesive to attach the painted oyster shells to the back of the large clam shell to serve as his ears. You’ll want to apply a medium amount of the adhesive, so that you get a good hold. Let that dry for 6-8 hours. Don’t get it onto your skin as it can be difficult to wash off. Hence, let an adult handle that!!!

Take two sheets of newspaper outside and lay your painted kitty cats on top. Lightly spray one coat of clear acrylic sealer onto the clam shell. Let dry for 30-45 minutes and then apply a second coat. Let dry overnight. Your seashells are now protected and can be used indoors or outdoors.

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