How To Drill A Hole In A Seashell

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How To Drill Holes In Seashells For Crafting

Learn how to easily drill a hole in a seashell so you can use the shells for jewelry making, ornaments and other craft projects.

Make sure you clean your shells before crafting.

Supplies You’ll Need For Drilling Seashells

  • Disposable plastic container
  • Scrap wood
  • Sponge
  • Drill and thin drill bit or Dremel with thin drill bit – If you have a drill with variable speeds it will make it a little easier, but it can be done without
  • Water

Fill your small plastic container with a little bit of water.

Place your scrap wood in the container.  This will protect your work surface and your plastic container from any holes while drilling. My first attempt I placed the plastic container on top of a cardboard box and accidentally drilled through the plastic container and into the cardboard box.

how to drill a hole in a seashell

Place a sponge on top of your scrap piece of wood.

Drilling A Hole In The Seashell

Dampen the sponge and place it on top of the scrap wo

od, inside of the plastic container.

Flip your shell over so it’s upside down.  I was able to hold it in place while drilling easier with it upside down.

Find the spot where you would like the hole.

how to drill a hole in a seashell

Start drilling.  Thicker shells will take a few minutes. Stop periodically and rinse off the shell and damped the sponge.

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Now the shells are ready for crafting 🙂

how to drill a hole in a seashell

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