DIY Christmas ornaments: glittery shells

DIY Christmas ornaments - make glittery shellsFor me, the holiday season calls for sparkle. Always. (Are you surprised?)

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.

DIY Christmas ornaments - glittery shellsWant to see how to make them? The process is pretty simple.

Glitter Covered Shell Ornaments

Supplies used:

  • Shells
  • Drill and small bit
  • Eye protection
  • White craft paint
  • Glitter, various shades
  • Mod Podge, Satin or Gloss Formula
  • Brushes
  • Gold wire, 24 gauge
  • Large, clear beads
  • Wire cutters and pliers

Steps to make shell ornaments:

glitter-shell-ornament-tutorial-02First, very slowly and carefully drill a small hole into each shell. Eye protection is advised just in case a shell splinters or breaks. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience!)

glitter-shell-ornament-tutorial-03Paint the fronts and back of each shell with white paint. Allow the paint to dry.

glitter-shell-ornament-tutorial-04Brush 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.

glitter-shell-ornament-tutorial-05Loop a piece of wire through the hole you drilled. Leave one end longer than the other. Slip three large beads over both ends of the wire.

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.

DIY Christmas ornaments - easy glittery shellsThese glitter ornaments would make great handmade gifts or package toppers, too. For our home, I love that my shell ornaments are a pretty (and sparkly!) way to save a vacation memory!

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About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.