Big Daddy Seashell Gets Crafty

February 12, 2008 at 9:15 pm 3 comments

Since we have 8 nieces & nephews in the family, Christmas gets to be a little difficult for Casey & I.  We can’t afford to buy the kids a lot of presents & have to be able to ship some of them in a cost-effective manner.  This year we decided to get crafty!  I was inspired by this project from A Little Hut.  Here’s how our adaptation of this great idea turned out using each child’s initial:

Craft Project 1

Here’s a close-up of one of the letters:

Craft Project CloseUp

I was really pleased with the way they turned out.  If you’d like to try making them, here’s how it went down:

1. I cut out strips from magazines and catalogs for one set & for the set you see above I used a calendar with pictures of antique maps. 

2. Glue the strips on an 8×10″ piece of white poster-board with a little space in between each one.

3. After the strips dry, paint on a coating of Modge Podge.

3. Print each letter in the size & font you prefer on regular paper.  We used the master of all fonts, Helvetica (it seemed easiest to cut out-less curves!). 

4. Using the printed letter as a guide, cut out the shape of the letter using an exacto knife from another piece of 8×10 poster-board.

5. Put the cut-out letter on top of the glued paper strips poster-board.

6. Frame them & you’re done!

Altogether, this project is affordable, easy, & was fun to put together.  Maybe I’m not a complete craft slacker after all!


Entry filed under: Craft + Crafting, Family, Going Green, Great Gift Ideas.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Felicia  |  February 13, 2008 at 11:34 am

    This is a terrific idea. And they look like something you’d buy at a high end store 🙂

  • 2. patricia  |  February 13, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Definitely not a craft slacker! You did a great job!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my project. 🙂

  • 3. msDarby  |  February 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Those are SO beautiful. And such a better gift to give (and receive) than something store bought.

    You two rock!


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