How to Make Seashell Fish

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You’re home from the beach with a collection of shells, and now you need something to do with all of them! While we have these adorable seashell creatures on the blog, the kids will love making this school of seashell fish too! They’d look great in a shadowbox frame on your child’s bedroom wall.

Fish made out of sea shells

Why we love these seashell fish

No trip to the beach this summer? Doesn’t matter! Seashells are readily available at craft stores, but you can also find them at garage sales, thrift stores, and even flea markets. Often times they are sold in big bags, which is how I found most of mine. I always look for them when I’m out at garage sales though! You can easily glue a magnet to the back of them to put on your fridge or add them to a shadowbox to hang on your wall. 

We love seashell crafts, we even have one for adults, pretty seashell wine charms! They make great party favors or to have just because.

Related: If you don’t make it to the beach this summer, never fear! Try our paper plate sand dollars with the kids, or these super cute Rainbow Jellyfish!

Seashell Fish with googly eyes

How To Make Seashell Fish

To make these fish, you’ll need seashells in assorted sizes; big ones for the bodies, and smaller ones for the fins. You’ll also need googly eyes and some hot glue. You can also use instant grab glue if you prefer not to use a hot glue gun with the kids.

White craft glue is a little harder because it takes longer to dry and the shells may not stay put, so look for a fast-drying type.

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!


Lay the shells out first, deciding how you want your fish to look.

making fish out of seashells

Then simply glue them together and add your googly eyes!

School of fish made out of seashells

Be sure to check out more of our beach crafts for summer or below, or visit the following links for all of our adult crafts or kids crafts!

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How to Make Seashell Fish

Lots of seashells after your trip to the beach? Here’s a darling craft for the kids to make!

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Project Type: Crafts

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • Assorted seashells
  • Googly eyes various sizes
  • Hot glue gun or instant grab glue


  • Lay out your shells first, choosing smaller shells for dorsal fins, tail and side fins.

  • Once you have chosen which shells go with which, go ahead and glue them together.

  • Glue googly eyes onto your fish.

  • To display, try adding some blue cellophane to a piece of foam core board and gluing the fish to your faux sea.

This post was originally published on this blog on Jun 15, 2013.

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