Hermit Crab Shell Pet

hermit crab shell pet

I don’t particularly enjoy doing craft for craft’s sake with the kids.  Instead I store up simple ideas and look for inspiration all over the place, and then act on the ideas as they fit effortlessly into our normal family life.

For example, we were at the beach this beautiful weekend, and the children did their usual shell collecting after a paddle in the sea.  Later in the afternoon, we looked for rocks in the backyard and made these cute hermit crab pets.


Cone Shell

Small Rock

Google Eyes (or can draw them on with permanent marker)

Glue Gun (or use strong glue like Selleys All Fix Glue — found at Big W, Target, Bunnings, KMart etc.)

1. Look for a rock with a flat-ish base.  This will help the hermit pet sit flat.

hermit craft craft

2. Spend a little time working out which way to connect the shell with the rock. The idea is for rock to sit flat with the shell on top.  Depending on the size of the shell used, the rock can be placed a little inside the shell (as pictured below), or the shell can sit on the top of the rock (what we did with the other two smaller shells).  When ready, glue the shell in place.

hermit craft craft

3. Add google eyes to the front of the rock with glue.

pet hermit crab

4. Allow to dry (hot glue dries almost instantly).

Come on: How cute are they?! Let me introduce them (as named by the children). From left to right: Drilly, Herbert and Fizzy.

hermit craft craft

5. My son suggested we paint a backdrop for the hermit crab shell pets, so we pulled out the watercolours and brushed yellow on one piece of paper for the sand and blue on another for the sky.

hermit crab craft

Just a little way to connect the joy of the beach to a memory keeper for home.

hermit craft craft

Before bed, my youngest two and I spent 5 minutes searching for information about Hermit Crabs.  PLUS we found a cute video of a crab changing shells.

It’s been an unplanned hermit-y crab kind of day.


Shell Shadow Box

Shell Hanging Vase

Pet Rock

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  • Reply
    Danya Banya
    September 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    They are adorable! I love that they I love anything with googly eyes.

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    Kate - An Everyday Story
    September 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I’m a bit the same Kel. I have a list of crafts stored away in my head for when the kids show an interest in something or experience something like your beach adventures 🙂

    These are super sweet 🙂 A lovely little momento.

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    Renèe adventuresathomewithmum
    September 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Wow they are cute my son would treat them like a real one lol
    He actually has a hermie crab pet so this would make a cute tank mate

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    Jay @ Learning to play and playing to learn
    September 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    This is so creative and has just saved me from having to buy a real one!! You rule. Miss 3’s school had hermit crabs and they died. She has been asking for one ever since. I am sure making her own ‘pretend’ one is the answer I needed!

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    Bek @ Just For Daisy
    September 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    These are super cute!! We’ll be shell hunting again this week at the beach so I think we’ll devote some of our googly eyes to these little creatures! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Oh look at the cute little creatures! They are adorable 🙂

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    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    September 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    These are the cutest little things ever!!

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    September 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    These are just too cute and so very clever!

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    Ness @ One Perfect Day
    September 9, 2013 at 1:30 am

    OK, this is just about the cutest thing ever! Love it.

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    September 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So, so adorable! I can’t decide if I like Herbert or Fizzy the best but I’m a complete sucker for anything tiny and with googly eyes. haha 🙂

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    September 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Very cute! What a great summer-time activity

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    Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky
    September 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Too cute! I love that this activity came about organically.

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