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Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the shells that you have leftover from the beach? If you have, you should make these little desk pets. They are nice for decorating your desk and they also work as paperweights! I hope you like them!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Various types of shells
Super Glue or Hot Glue
Clean Workspace

Step 2: Making the Body

It depends on the animal, but for most, the body will be a round shape. To make this, glue two clamshells that are equal in size so that the flat edges are together. If that is not the shape of the animal that you want, put other types of shells together to form the body.

Step 3: Making the Legs and Arms

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For the legs, I like to use corkscrew type shells. Feel free to try other types. Look at the way the joints of the animal are put together and try to imitate that with the shells. Some times it looks better if you leave off the feet (in the case of the turtle) and sometimes it looks better if you give it feet (the frog), you decide. To make the legs that are made of more than one piece, glue the pieces if the leg together, then glue the whole thing to the body.

Step 4: Making the Animal Level

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Your animal is probably wobbly at this point. To fix this, find a shell that will fit under the body of your animal and glue it so that it is holding the animal on top of it, but not too visible from the angle that you will be looking at it.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Now that you have finished making your shell desk animal, put it in a spot that will allow it to be viewed regularly and enjoy it!


triumphman3 years ago
Awesome, love the frog, since I just entered my contest instr. called "Frog Whisperer Part 1" Nice job with the shells! Did you see my "Seashell Armada" Instr. ? Check it out sometime. Thanks again!
7katz (author)  triumphman3 years ago
Thanks!
Your seashell armada is very neat!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nicely done, those are really cute!
7katz (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thank you!