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Make Seashell Ornaments the Easy Way!

Make holiday decorations the easy way! These seashell ornaments are simple . . just use glitter and Mod Podge to make pretty Christmas decor.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll need to use a drill, paint, and add glitter to the shells with Mod Podge. I recommend just a little bit of prior crafting experience to try this project.

Glittery Seashell Ornaments the Easy Way!

For 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 on my seashell ornaments.

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.

seashell christmas ornaments

Want to see how to make these seashell Christmas ornaments? The process is pretty simple.

Glitter Seashell Ornaments

Gather These Supplies

Tools

  • Drill with a small bit
  • Eye protection
  • Wire cutters and pliers

Steps to make shell ornaments:

Drilling holes into seashells

First, 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!) Martha Stewart has a great article on how to drill holes in shells here.

Painting shells with white acrylic paint

Paint the fronts and back of each shell with white paint. Allow the paint to dry.

seashell decorations with glitter

Brush a liberal coat of decoupage over the front of the shell. Sprinkle with glitter, shake off the excess and allow to dry. You can certainly cover both sides with glitter. I chose to only coat one.

Tip: I recommend shaking your glitter over a shallow pan or container to minimize the mess and save any excess glitter.

Apply two more coats of Mod Podge over top of the glitter to seal it down so it does not shed.

handmade seashell ornaments

Loop 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.

Your handmade seashell ornaments are complete, and now you have cute and glittery bling for your tree. Wouldn’t it be fun to have an entire seaside theme? Hmmm . . .

shell Christmas ornaments

These seashell Christmas 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!

Make holiday decorations the easy way! This seashell ornaments DIY is so simple . . just use glitter and Mod Podge to make pretty Christmas decor.

Seashell Ornaments

Yield: 5 ornaments
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0

Learn how to make seashell Christmas ornaments - with glitter! These are so easy.

Materials

  • Seashells of various sizes
  • White craft paint
  • Glitter, various shades
  • Mod Podge
  • Gold wire, 24 gauge
  • Large, clear beads

Tools

  • Drill with a small bit
  • Eye protection
  • Wire cutters and pliers
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Very slowly and carefully drill a small hole into each shell.
  2. Paint the fronts and back of each shell with white paint. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the front of the shell. Sprinkle with glitter, shake off the excess and allow to dry. Repeat on the back (optional).
  4. Apply two more coats of Mod Podge over top of the glitter to seal it down so it does not shed.
  5. Loop 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Let dry completely before hanging on your Christmas tree.

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