String up your shells, stones and sticks
Just a handful of special shells and some tiny pieces of driftwood can make a mobile full of happy holiday memories.
Drill a hole in each shell by placing it on a lump of plasticine or similar to hold it in place. Use a fine drill bit first to avoid breaking the shell, then drill again with a larger drill bit.
Drill a hole in each driftwood piece. Unravel a length of string and cut short lengths of one strand to thread through each shell and driftwood piece.
Starting at the bottom, tie shells to a long length of unravelled string, pulling the strands apart to tie on the shells. Tie knots in the string to hold the driftwood in place. Finish with a hanging loop at the top.
Note: In some parts of the world, collecting shells may be illegal or require a special permit. Get your shells in an eco-friendly way by asking fishmongers for shells they usually throw away, or buying cockles, whelks and winkles from a stall, for tea by the sea.
Feature: Janet Palmer. Photo: Richard Burns
Originally published July 29, 2010