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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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"She Sells Seashells ..."

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 30, 2016 12:00:25 PM

Seashell necklaceMementoes of summer vacation. Some people buy souvenirs. Most of us take photos, but how many of you actually print out copies? I bet your best vacation moments are still on your phone or computer. Right? If you never get around to putting pictures in albums, make something to remember the trip. Like this seashell necklace. Every time you wear it, you’ll be reminded of how much fun you had at the beach. 

While you are soaking up the sun, collect shells that have an open edge or side.

Then you’ll need beads and crystals in whatever color that goes with your wardrobe. I like the contrast of the turquoise pearls and white beads.

Fill in the inner most opening or hole with less expensive, or the least pretty beads. I used glass and bead adhesive, but any craft glue will work.

Add the colorful beads in layers. Be sure to use beads in at least two different sizes. Allow to dry.

I looked for, but couldn’t find a jewelry prong cord end with a ring, so I settled for a bead cap. It has a hole for the string and fits over the top of the shell.

Cut a fine cord 30 inches long. Fold it in half and insert the two ends through the hole in the cap. Make a knot and cut off the excess cord. Glue the cap to the top of the sea shell. I used Super Glue for this step because it dries faster and is really strong. Make your necklace as long as you like. Whenever you wear it, you’re sure to get lots of compliments. That will give you another chance to talk about your vacation!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, vacation souvenirs, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan, DIY necklace, seashell necklace

  • Seashell Necklace

    If you never get around to putting vacation pictures in albums, make something to remember your trip. Like this seashell necklace. Every time you wear it, you’ll be reminded of how much fun you had at the beach.

  • Seashell Necklace

    While you are soaking up the sun, collect shells that have an open edge or side.

  • Seashell Necklace
    Then you’ll need beads and crystals in whatever color that goes with your wardrobe. I like the contrast of the turquoise pearls and white beads.
  • Seashell Necklace

    Fill in the inner most opening or hole with less expensive, or the least pretty beads. I used glass and bead adhesive, but any craft glue will work.

  • Seashell Necklace
    Add the colorful beads in layers. Be sure to use beads in at least two different sizes. Allow to dry.
  • Seashell Necklace

    I looked for, but couldn’t find a jewelry prong cord end with a ring, so I settled for a bead cap. It has a hole for the string and fits over the top of the shell.

  • Seashell Necklace

    Cut a fine cord 30 inches long. Fold it in half and insert the two ends through the hole in the cap. Make a knot and cut off the excess cord. Glue the cap to the top of the sea shell. I used Super Glue for this step because it dries faster and is really strong. Make your necklace as long as you like.