When we went to Sanibel this year for our beach vacation, we all spent lots of time combing the beaches for shells. Little Jo and I had one kind of shell that we particularly loved to spot. We call them “butterfly shells” because — you guessed it — they look like butterflies. Perhaps one of you can tell me exactly what kind of shell they are, but when we find them opened up on the beach, but still hinged together, they look just like butterflies to us. And they are SO tiny that we just love them to pieces.
After a great “crop” of butterfly shells this year, I decided to (carefully!) bring some home and do a craft with them. I made a simple greeting card with a flock of butterflies on it that I ended up sending to Jo last month to cheer her up. It was super easy to do, too!
Then I got out some watercolors to paint the card. You’ll note that I didn’t use fancy watercolors, either. Just plain old, kid-friendly, 99-cents-on-sale watercolors, which work just fine. I used some blue and green and painted a gentle wash of color on the front of the card.
Then I grabbed one of my favorite adhesives ever, giant 3-D Zots adhesive dots. I love these things because they are big and thick and work like blobs of hot glue that will stick anything down. They are particularly good for this project because the shells are hollow underneath, and the big Zot fills the space wonderfully.
Before I did any gluing, I took my little butterfly shells and arranged them on the card in a way that I liked. Then I took the Zots and cut them down so they were a bit smaller, so they’d fit in the tiny shells.
I put a piece of Zot on the back of each half of the shell and then pressed the shell into place. If you don’t have Zots or something similar, you could use hot glue here, but it’s much messier!
In just a few minutes, the card was done. I stuck it in the envelope and mailed it to Jo. I think next year I may collect more butterfly shells and make some art I can frame.