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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Shell DIY recipe list

Use these blue shells to craft some cool ocean-themed items

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An Animal Crossing character stares in shock at blue Summer Shells Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

During the summertime in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Summer Shells will wash up on beaches, allowing players to craft special DIY recipes.

Summer Shells look like Conch and Sea Snails, but they’re a darker blue color. The shells will appear from June until August for Northern Hemisphere players, and from December to February for Southern Hemisphere players.

The DIY recipes that use the Summer Shells will drop from balloons, but only during the summer. If you don’t manage to snag the recipes before summer ends, you’ll have to time travel to get them or ask another player to help you out.

Note that there are plenty of non-seasonal recipes that use shells, and those are available year round. Anything that uses Summer Shells specifically is locked to summer.

Check out a complete list of all the recipes that use Summer Shells below.

Shell Wand

A recipe list for a Shell Wand Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 3 Summer Shells
  • 3 Star Fragments

Shell Wreath

A recipe list for a Shell Wreath Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Isabelle will give you this DIY recipe during her morning announcements, but it’s possible to shoot this recipe down from a balloon as well.

  • 1 Summer Shell
  • 1 Sea Snail
  • 1 Sand Dollar
  • 1 Coral
  • 1 Giant Clam
  • 1 Cowrie

Shellfish Pochette

A recipe list for a Shellfish Pochette Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 2 Giant Clams
  • 6 Summer Shells

Starry-sands Flooring

A recipe list for a Starry-sands Flooring Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 3 Summer Shells
  • 1 Sandy-beach Flooring

Tropical Vista

A recipe list for a Tropical Vista Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 5 Summer Shells

Underwater Flooring

A recipe list for an Underwater Flooring Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 3 Summer Shells
  • 3 Coral

Underwater Wall

A recipe list for an Underwater Wall Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 3 Summer Shells
  • 5 Coral

Water Flooring

A recipe list for a Water Flooring Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • 6 Summer Shells

There are many other seasonal recipes to unlock, depending on the season:


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