Do you collect shells when you go to the beach? I used to as a kid, and have a ton of them lying around. I still enjoy it now, but what with all the issues about sustainability andย not negatively impacting the marine landscape, I’m a lot more careful about it now. Still, I must say I do love a good shell DIY ๐Ÿ™‚ This one, is particularly dear to me, because it can be used as a lariat necklace AND a belt, which is perfect for beach holidays where I don’t want to pack too much! For another DIY that can be used as a necklace and bracelet, check out this no tools needed project

 

What you need

Shell beads

2 tassels – for instructions on how to make them, click here

Tiger tail (Plastic coated stainless steel wire)- this is my go to but one problem is if you bend it, the kink is permanent. If you feel more comfortable with another type of thread, that’s no problem ๐Ÿ™‚

2 crimps

Pliers

 

 

 

Step 1

Thread the shells onto the string in any pattern you choose- the theme is boho so it’s alright if there’s no particular pattern and they’re a bit mixed up- make sure it’s long enough to go around your neck at least 4 times. You can have it longer but it needs to be at least 4x as long to be used as a lariat and belt.

 

Step 2

Once your shells are all on, slide on a crimp followed by the tassel. Slide the wire over the tassel and back into the crimp, then flatten the crimp with your pliers.

Push the shells back down to the end of the tassel, then head to the other end of the lariat and attach the other tassel on in the same way.

 

All set for my next beach holiday! Cornwall here I come! ๐Ÿ™‚

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