Pineapple Shell Art

Not all families can get to the beach during summer vacation. Even when they do, you can’t always find an abundance of shells. That’s why we are happy to offer our craft fans a bucket of shells. Now you can bring the beach indoors with our shells, some paper, glue and paint.

The following project is a fun pineapple craft using shells from our bucket of shells, shell glue, craft paint, paper scraps and wood. This project is so easy to do with the kids. Perfect to make as fun gifts or to decorate their rooms or your house with.

In addition you can teach your kids about the real meaning of the pineapple which in some cultures means “Welcome” or “Family”, especially when placed on your front door.

Pineapple Shell Project (1)

So lets get started and see how you can create this project that Lisa Kettell Designs created…


Bucket of Shells, Hygloss Products

-Crafts Papers,  (any variety), Hygloss Products

Scrap Piece of Wood, or Wood Craft Plague

-Shell Glue or Kid Friendly Glue – For working with Kids always use Kid Friendly Glues. (Note if being made by an adult you can use an industrial glue of choice)

-Craft Paints

-Other; paint brushes, cup of water for paint, craft scissors, pencil



  1. Place a piece of wood onto a sheet of craft paper. Trace the wood shape onto the paper using a pencil. Cut the shape out.     wood shape
  2. Using glue, adhere the paper onto the wood, let dry.
  3. Draw a pineapple shape onto the paper. Usually a large oval shape for the base and fern shapes for the top. This is a guide for laying down the shells.                                                                         IMG_4093
  4. Start arranging the shells into the drawn pineapple shape. Once satisfied with the shell arrangement, glue in place. I used small shells for the pineapple base and large long shells for the ferns.                                                                                                                IMG_4092
  5. Once the glue dries, start painting it with craft paints. Yellow or light lime for the base and teal or dark green for the ferns.
  6. Add some lettering or sayings.

Pineapple Shell Project (2)

Voila a fun beachy project ready to display or giveaway as a gift. So easy to feel the tropics inside and get into the summer groove. Stay tuned for more fun projects this week!

Happy Creating!

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Ages 10+
Level 3
30 min

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