Christmas is fast approaching and I am getting some handmade gifts and ornaments made this month to (hopefully!) make next month a little smoother. I decided that my tree will need a little more twinkle and shine, so I grabbed some glitter and got busy.
My husband and I love vacationing at the beach when we can . . . and I’m always on the lookout for pretty shells when we are there. (Hello?! Free craft supplies!) I have a bit of a shell collection and I thought it would be nice to incorporate them onto our tree as a keepsake with a little sparkle.
Glitter Covered Shell Ornaments
- Drill and small bit
- Eye protection
- White craft paint
- Glitter, various shades
- Mod Podge, Satin or Gloss Formula
- Gold wire, 24 gauge
- Large, clear beads
- Wire cutters and pliers
Steps to make shell ornaments:
Brush a liberal coat of decoupage over the front of the shell. Sprinkle with glitter, shake off the excess and allow to dry. (Tip: I recommend shaking your glitter over a shallow pan or container to minimize the mess and save any glitter if you want.) You can certainly cover both sides with glitter. I chose to only coat one.
Apply two more coats of Mod Podge over top of the glitter to seal it down so it does not shed.
Twist the shorter wire tightly above the top bead and pinch the bundle of wire together with pliers. Bend the longer wire into a hook that you can use to hang on your tree. That’s it! Now you have cute and glittery bling for your tree.