This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, all thoughts, words and opinions are my own.
We went to visit Outer Banks last month and had a great time and we came home with a BOAT load of seashells. So many seashells, so little to do with them! If you guys want a fun crafting idea to do with your loads of shells and keep your littles mesmerized, you’ll enjoy this fun Ultra Dyed Geode Seashell project!
You have probably seen borax geode projects all over the inner webs by now, but if you haven’t, you’re in a for a little treat. Traditionally you can make geodes with Borax, water, and just some simple pipe cleaner, but today we’re stepping it up a notch and trying seashell geodes for this project.
Here’s what you need:
Round glass jar
Pencil or something to hang your shells from the top of the jar
String or fishing line (something thin)
Start by tying your shells onto string and attaching them to the pencil or “rod” going across the top of your jar. This ensures that the seashells don’t stick to the bottom where the Borax crystals will inevitably settle.
Next, boil about 4 cups of water in the microwave or on a stove top. Once boiling, pour into your jar and add 1 cup of Borax to the mixture until it’s saturated. Saturated means that it’s mostly mixed into the water with the exception of a little bit still floating around (think of stirring sugar into tea and how it looks before it’s stirred in–you want to add Borax until it’s like that).
Finally, add about 2 tablespoons of FolkArt Ultra Dye to the water and stir well, then dip your shells and cover them for about 8-10 hours to let them soak. Try to put them somewhere where they’ll be untouched, if they are messed with it can prevent the crystals from forming (I found this out the hard way, trust me!).
Once done, check on them the next day and detach them from the string. I find it’s easiest to simply cut the string excess off. Then lay them on a paper towel to dry.
They will make gorgeous sparkling geodes in any bright color that you choose…and your kids will love this little science experiment! 🙂
Disclaimer: These shells are not testing for how they react to getting wet after they dry. I’d suggest avoiding getting them wet or placing them on anything that could stain. Also, follow safety instructions when using Borax.