This past week I was lucky enough to spend some time out on the beaches of Fire Island (a long, thin barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island, NY). And besides being blown away by their beauty, I was amazed at the variety of items I was able to find on and around the beaches that could be easily turned into fabulous craft projects and gifts.
Check out my finds below with a number of links to projects that you, too, can make out of these simple and readily available materials. Remember, it's never too early to get a jump on your holiday crafting!
From candles to wreaths to flowerpots, there is no limit to what you can make and do with your summer shells collection. For project ideas, visit our Shell Crafts Gallery.
Sea glass is the beautiful result of man-made materials meeting the relentless forces of the ocean. Check out our Sea-Glass Crafts Gallery for ideas of what to do with your unique finds.
The coastal environment of sea spray and constantly changing weather makes it hard for many plants to make their home near the sea, but a number of hardy evergreen species (including scrub pines and the like) are able to endure. The perfectly shaped pinecones they produce are ideal for seasonal crafts such as those found in the our Pinecone Crafts Gallery.
Besides the requisite collections of shells and rocks and sand, the seashore is a place to find little oddities that can be displayed on their own, like little pieces of natural art. Check out these Collection Frames to find out how you can proudly display your finds.