As the sun begins to grace us more and more with its beautiful light and heat, my mind turns to seaside days. All I want to do is submerge myself in the refreshing salt water, run my hands along the bottom, and collect the most beautiful shells I come across.
I used to think beachy jewelry could be somewhat tacky, but now I feel that when it’s done right, it can be stunningly beautiful – as if you’re a mermaid who’s left the ocean for the very first time.
It’s so simple to make, too. All you need are some shells and a couple other things – depending on what you want to make.
I collected some shells from the beach, but also acquired some pre-strung shells from a craft store as well as a thrift store. I also got some natural-colored thread, jewelry glue, and various jewelry bases – metal earring hooks, thin wires for necklaces, a beautiful metal cuff (with a flat spot perfect for placing a shell on top of), and some metal rings.
I love the idea of cutting the pre-strung shells into different lengths to wear as layered necklaces or a wrapped ankle bracelet.
I strung some of the shells onto a piece of thread, making knots in random places to space them out, then I tied this onto an earring hook. Voila! Instant earring. If you’re using shells that don’t already have holes in them, you can pretty easily drill your own using a very thin drill bit.
How beautiful are these rings and this bracelet base I found at the craft store? They were exactly what I needed for this project.
I attached a tiny hook onto the back of a shell, and two tiny hooks onto the back of an awesome triangular rock my sister found as we were walking the beach. Once these dried, I made them into chokers!
Super simple! Homemade shell jewelry is the perfect way to get us into that hazy, sandy, summer mindset. I’m planning to mix these jewels in with my everyday accessories to give just a hint of beachiness in an overall eclectic look, all summer long.