A Shark tooth pendant is a fun way to preserve those memories from your summer beach vacations. This DIY shark tooth pendant necklace is so simple to make and the kids will love wearing it!
Living in Coastal Carolina our beaches are covered in Shark’s Teeth so there is no shortage of finding them in the sand here. We often head out to the beach just for this activity – finding sharks teeth!
Where to find sharks teeth
We are lucky to live in an area where we have access to beaches with these amazing finds. Some people have found sharks teeth on the beaches here that are as big as their hands! Although we’ve never found any quite that big we have found some sharks teeth perfect for making a shark tooth pendant from.
Sharks teeth can be found on beaches all along the Eastern coast of the united states. Our beaches here in North Carolina seem to be a hot place for finding the shark tooth fossils, you can also find them along plenty of other beaches in the U.S.
Tips for finding shark tooth fossils
When we first visited a Carolina beach and learned of this fun hobby (searching for shark teeth), we really had no idea what we were looking for. We quickly learned what sharks teeth look like and where and when to find them.
First of all, the shark teeth you are searching for will be black, not white. This is because they are fossils!
The sharks teeth have a triangular shape or a ‘Y’ shape to them. You will be looking for this shape to know that it is indeed a Sharks tooth and not just a rock.
Visit the beaches when the tide is going out. Look along the strands of kicked up shells and rocks.
After a storm is a great time to look for sharks teeth. The storm will bring rougher waters that will kick up all sorts of fun finds onto the beaches.
How to make a Shark Tooth Pendant
We decided to use some of our sharks teeth from our July family beach trip to make these easy shark tooth pendants for each of the kids. It’s a great way for the kids to have a fun souvenir from their vacation.
All you need to make this shark tooth necklace is:
- A sharks tooth
- Embroidery Thread
- Hot Glue
To make your shark tooth pendant you will first want to cut a link of embroidery thread about 24″ long. I prefer to cut my thread longer to begin with and trim it up at the end.
Start with your thread across the front of your sharks tooth.
Wrap the thread behind your sharks tooth and around the ‘Y’ corners of the tooth.
Continue to wrap around the ‘Y’ of the sharks tooth in a figure 8 pattern two or three times.
Tie your thread off on the back of the sharks tooth and secure with a dot of hot glue.
Position the thread upwards and add a second dot of hot glue.
Give your glue a moment to cool off (you don’t want to burn yourself) and while it is still tacky, push the glue dot down with your find to flatten it against the thread and tooth. This will create a backing for your shark tooth pendant.
Measure your shark tooth necklace to the length that you’d like it and tie off the end.
Trim any additional pieces of thread.
We love our shark tooth pendant necklaces – the kids were so excited to wear them and show all of their friends!