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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Shimmer Seashell Necklace DIY

Seashell jewelry ideas like this one are easy and gorgeous.

Updated July 30, 2019
Shimmer Seashell Necklace DIY

Learn how to make a seashell necklace without a drill when you follow the Shimmer Seashell Necklace DIY. This easy tutorial is great for those of us who are obsessed with nail polish crafts and sparkles. Bust out those favorite nail polish colors, and don't skimp out on the glitter. These stunning shell necklaces are made all the more beautiful with glitter polish and flat-backed crystals. Add your bail and you're good to go! This is a fantastic gift opportunity, especially if you collected seashells on your most recent vacation.

Go beachy-chic with these crystallized shell necklaces! These summery DIY pieces take ordinary beach shells and turn them into sophisticated pendants with the addition of glitter paint and Swarovski crystal flatbacks.

I used nail polish to paint the shells – choose whichever color you’d like! My theme was a more gold/orange scheme, but these would also look beautiful in mermaid tones of blue, purple and green.

Let’s get started with the tutorial! 

Step 1: Gather materials.

Needed are shells (choose ones with flat backs that the bail can be glued onto!), glue on bails, 24g wire, E6000 glue, chain, a lobster clasp, 6mm or 4mm jumprings, Swarovski flatbacks and nail polish. You’ll also need wire cutters and roundnose pliers.

Step 2: Paint your shell.

For a “dipped” look, brush the paint up just one side of the shell.

Layer colors and metallic (making sure you let each coat dry in between painting!

Finish by adding a glitter topcoat!

Let the shells fully dry.

Step 3: Add the gems.

Use the E6000 and place small dots of the glue off-center on the shell.

Place the gems and press down to adhere.

Continue adding gems until your desired look is achieved. Let the gems fully dry.

Step 4: Glue bail.

Add a large amount of E6000 to the bail and glue bail on back of shell. Let dry fully.

Step 5: Cut chain.

Step 5: Cut two 9” pieces of chain. Cut a 5” piece of 24g wire.

Step 6: Create wrapped loops through the bail.

Use the 24g wire to create wrapped loops through the bail, catching a chain link of each chain in the loops.

I made both necklaces at once, so I cut 4 pieces of 9” chain.

Step 7: Finish.

Add a lobster claw and jumpring to the ends of the chains to finish the necklaces.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy more of my tutorials on my site quietlioncreations.com!

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I am in love with this idea! I have a lot of shells I have collected from vacations over the years, and I have glittery nail polish in lots of colors. I think I will make one necklace in gold or bronze, then another one in mermaid blues and purples. I can't wait to get started making these. It will help me get through the rest of winter!

What a simple yet pretty creation. Living in Florida I have access to all kinds of shells. I have collected many over the years and I am always looking for ways to use them. This is one of the prettiest uses yet. Thank you for offering such an easy, pretty and inexpensive project.

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