Beading / Jewelry

Keepsake Shell Necklace

By  Rebecca Spohn 

size: varies

  • Keepsake Shell Necklace


  • Cockleshell (the most common seashell found on the beach)
  • Cardboard, scrap
  • Acrylic rhinestones and gems, assorted colors and styles
  • Leather cording, 26” length: pink or green


  • Silver glitter glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Clean shells in warm soapy water. Dry well.
  • 2. Position flat side of shell on cardboard and trace around edges. Cut out.
  • 3. Cut 26" length of cording. Fold length in half. Adhere folded end inside cupped part of shell. Let dry. Adhere cardboard to back rim of shell. Let dry.
  • 4. On covered work surface, paint cardboard outline white. Let dry.
  • 5. Outline edge of shell with silver glitter glue. Let dry.
  • 6. Decorate shell with rhinestones, jewels, and flower stickers.
  • 7. Tie cording ends into knot. To wear, slip necklace over head. Adjust length as needed.
  • Tip
  • 1. After adhering cardboard to back of shell, let dry thoroughly before embellishing.