Shell Craft for Kids (with FREE Craft Template)

Paper Plate Shell Craft for Kids Beach Craft
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This shell craft for kids doesn’t actually involve using seashells, since we don’t carry any of those in our craft bag. Instead, we’re going to use a basic paper plate to make this beautiful beach craft. We’ll even include a “pearl” in the center of the shell. To make it even easier to create this paper plate seashell craft, we’re also including a free craft template for you to use.

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Beach Craft for Kids Seashells from Paper Plates

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  • Paper plate (9-inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Crayons (or markers)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • White pompom
  • Shell craft template

We like to keep crafts simple here (though you will find a few that are more advanced for older kids also). And we do this to take away the obstacles that are often there when it comes to making crafts with your kids. Another way that we make crafting with your kids more do-able, even when life is hectic, is that we stick to the same master list of supplies for every single craft that you see here and in our SHOP. That way, once you fill your bag using our printable master list, you are ready to make a craft with your kids anytime, anywhere, no prep needed!

How to Make a Shell Craft for Kids

Step 1: Use the Shell Craft Template

  • Print the shell craft template.
  • Fold your paper plate in half.
  • Then cut out the craft template and place it on your folded paper plate, with the template on the fold as indicated.
  • Cut out your shell craft.

Step 2: Color Your Seashell

  • Use markers or crayons to color your seashell.
  • Be sure to color both the inside and outside of the paper plate shell. Some of the inside should be a light pink.

*You can even get out the paints for this step if you want to give your kids more opportunity for creative expression.


Step 3: Add the Pearl to your Paper Plate Seashell Craft

  • Once your seashell craft is completely colored, place a dot of Elmer’s glue in the center of the shell on the inside.
  • Last, place a small white pompom onto the glue. This is your “pearl” in the shell.
  • Give the glue some time to dry before moving the shell craft.

You’ll notice that we used traditional colors when coloring our seashell crafts and for the pearl too, but you don’t have to. As a matter of fact, you should make your shell however you want. It doesn’t need to look just the ones you see here and should be as unique as you are. There are no limits to the possiblities. Just go where your imagination takes you.

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Paper Plate Seashell Craft for Kids
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