I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Seashell Saturday

It's Seashell Saturday! Everyday is a seashell day for me. Not a single day goes by without me touching a shell, or two...or twenty! I'm always playing with something.

Today I would like to share my shelling bags with you. A little tutorial, or DIY, on how to make your own.
I collected mesh bags from cherry tomatoes, spiral cut hams, and turkeys. Wash the bags before you begin.

Fold the top over about half an inch.
Then weave the plastic lacing through the mesh.
Continue until it meets where you started.
Using craft wire, (it comes in many colors) attach a shell to the bottom of the bag to give it some weight. This will make it hang nicely, instead of blowing around, until you find some shells to put in your bag.
I drilled this shell to wrap the wire around the shell.
I do have some that didn't need to be drilled. The shape of the shell made it easy to wrap and keep in place, or they already had natural holes in them.
I love my shelling bags! They are a shellers best friend!
My favorite shelling bag is the red one from the cherry tomatoes. It is a fine mesh bag, and perfect for collecting mini's!

This is so easy, and you are keeping something out of the landfill. Great for the planet, and great for us shellers!

Before your next trip to the beach, make some shelling bags to take with you! I keep mine in my beach bag so I always know where they are, and they are sure to make it to the beach with us.

Enjoy your Saturday! Make some shelling bags!



Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Della, these are super lovely!!!! I do have a sailcloth bag I use which works very well too..., but these are so darling, great wire wrap you have there too!!!

Have a great weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a clever idea! Now I need to find one of these mesh bags! I've wondered what others use for collecting! I carry a Walmart bag! lol ♥

Della said...

Thanks Maya! I bet your sailcloth bag works very well, too. Large shells would be great in an enclosed bag!

These are so easy to make, Diane! You don't have to worry about getting the wire just right, either. Just make sure there aren't any sharp edges!

Love of the Sea said...

Very cute. I have a mesh bag I use for shelling. I love it. Happy Seashell Saturday. I love checking in to see what you have going on!

Judy Nolan said...

I don't live anywhere where I can collect shells, but you have a terrific idea! Happy shell collecting!

FabricFascination said...

I always look at those net bags and wonder what I can do with them, now I know. Thanks!

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