Make Your Own Shell Necklace

Written by Candice

Jun 9, 2022

Making your own shell necklace is a really cool way to remember a special beach you visited on holiday.

Make sure to use only one special shell (or even pieces of a broken shell) and leave the rest for the crabs!

What you need for your shell necklace:

  • Small shells
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Food colouring
  • A tray
  • A stick
  • A piece of string long enough to tie around your neck
Making salt dough for necklace.

Step 1

Make your salt dough by mixing the flour and salt, and slowly adding water.

Coloured clay for shell necklace.

Step 2

Split your dough into equal portions and add food colouring to each.

Flattened ball of dough.

Step 3

Roll a small ball of salt dough. Flatten it a little using your finger.

Shell pendant for necklace.

Step 4

Press your shell into the dough.

Poking a hole in the pendant.

Step 5

Make a hole above the shell using a stick.

Pro tip!

Make sure the hole is not too close to the edge, as it can break later.
Tray to bake shell necklace on.

Step 6

Put your necklaces on a tray and dry them in the sun. You can also put them in the oven.


Ask an adult to help you use the oven. Use a low hear (80°C) and turn them over every 10-15 min. Bake until they are dry and hard!
Pendant for shell necklace.

Step 7

Thread some string through the hole of your shell necklace, and it’s ready to wear!

Pro tip!

The shells should stay securely… if not, you can always glue them in place afterwards!

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