DIY Crab with Nutshells and Plastic Waste

Crab with nutshellsHere comes my newest: Crab with nutshells and plastic waste. Easy to make, as usual, and looks cute. (Did you think I caught it from the Bangalore Beach?) 

Go on! take a closer look and you can see what I made it with. If you can’t, no worries. Here you go.

Materials used in crab: materials used - straws

  • one half of a walnut shell
  • Two whole pistachio shells 
  • plastic straws (8 of them)
  • waste plastic bag
  • a piece of magnet
  • two little black beads
  • lots of glue
  • acrylic paint
  • varnish

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DIY: Here’s how I made it:

As you can see in the above picture, I used plastic straws I got from drinks in tetra packs. I cut them in various sizes, from small to big (see below), in pairs. Notice how I cut them, always retaining the flexible, bent part of the straw. This will allow my crab to to have bent tentacles.

I also stuffed the hollow of the walnut shell with waste plastic, so I could affix the piece of magnet on it.

Making of crab with nut shells and waste plastic

Note that the magnet must be affixed first – before affixing the tentacles to the body of the crab. The straw pieces make the tentacles, of course, not to forget the claws – these I made with two pairs of pistachio shells as you can see in the picture below. (Hence the title – crab with nutshells and plastic waste, not just walnut shell.)  Here’s what the bottom side looks like at this point:

DIY Crab with nutshells and waste plasticNotice how the tentacles are fixed from shortest to  longest on either side. You need a good quality and fast glue to fix them well. The next step obviously is to paint and varnish to give it a glossy finish. I painted it reddish brown and then almost forgot the eyes! Did you notice the cute little eyes of the creature?  (Check them out in the first picture). Even from the ventral side it looks alive and ready to wriggle, doesn’t it?Ventral side of crab made with nutshells and waste plastic

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If you like my crab, you’ll likely enjoy other creatures I made with nut shells. How about a Angry Birds? or a a helicopter?

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