It started with a shoe box...
And some paint...
(a certain little boy wanted a letter Z glued on with Razor Clam shells)
(the sweet little door knob is Zach's favorite part)
Some tips if you want to make your own shell house...
We used a VERY sturdy shoe box and yet the weight of the shells almost proved too much. The home improvement crew had to come in and shore up the place. Consider getting a simple wooden house shape from the craft store a (or build it yourself) or be prepared to put some reinforcements in the house.
Painting the house first helped make the shells pop and meant we didn't have to cover the whole thing.
We put "hinges" tied on to the side of the house so the whole wall could open and close making it easier for the wee inhabitants to come in and out. You could also do a removeable roof, but again the weight of the shells might take it's toll after a while.
Since both Zach and I managed to singe our fingers with the hot glue gun, we ended up with a system where I glued and he held the shells in place for 20 seconds to get them to stick. Find some sort of division of labor so your little ones have a job while an adult uses the glue gun.
And yet after all of this... we still have a huge pile of shells left over... any ideas?