Are you crafting for Christmas in July? It’s a great time to put together some easy Christmas DIY projects. These Sand Dollar Christmas Ornaments are perfect for a coastal tree.
You can make these using collected sand dollars or buying craft shells. Turn them into coastal beauties with paint to match other beach themed ornaments you might have.
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I always love finding ways to use coastal pieces in my Christmas décor. Putting together a Coastal Christmas Tree is one of my favorite ways to bring the beach into our home for the holidays.
Painted Sand Dollar Christmas Ornaments
If you have sand dollars to use that have been collected at the beach, you’ll need to clean them prior to crafting with them. These were collected at Folly Beach years ago. They were cleaned back then, but over the years, they have become dull. A few of them were used in other craft projects, so they had some hot glue on them. To remove the hot glue, pour a little nail polish remover over the glue. It will peel away.
How to Clean Collected Sand Dollars
- Place the sand dollars in a large pail with water.
- Allow them to soak for at least 2 days, changing the water several times until it is no longer discolored.
- Remove and use a soft toothbrush to remove any lingering debris.
- Make a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part bleach.
- Add sand dollars to mixture.
- Allow them to soak for one hour.
- Remove the sand dollars from the mixture and rinse the pail.
- Add water to the pail and submerge the shells to rinse them.
- Remove from water and spread out a towel outdoors.
- Place the sand dollars on the towel for a few hours.
After the cleaning process is complete, you’re ready to paint the shells. If you buy sand dollars from a craft store or on line, that’s already been done and you can begin painting right away.
I used an assortment of blue acrylic paint colors to get two shades of blue that I love using for coastal décor. Each sand dollar got two coats of paint.
Once the paint is dry, I used a small craft paint brush and white paint to trace over the design on the shells.
I filled in the design with white chalk paint and allowed that to dry. I left the darker blue ones without the design painted, but then realized that from a distance, you wouldn’t be able to see them very well, so later I added white paint to all of them.
For the light blue sand dollars, I tied a piece of light colored twine through one of the lunules in each shell for hanging.
The darker blue ones have pieces of sewing rickrack attached. I slipped the rickrack through the lunules and then glued the ends of it together. Next, I pulled the loop to have the ends of it on the back of the sand dollar.
The final step was to add a coat of protective finish. I used DuraClear by DecoArt. I added two light coats to each ornament.
It’s easy to create a beautiful coastal tree by adding in lots of simple DIY ornaments and using a beachy color scheme. Begin making them now and you’ll be all set when it’s time to decorate.
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DIY Painted Sand Dollar Ornaments
Supply List for Sand Dollar Ornaments DIY
- Cleaning Supplies – (Water, Bleach, Brush) – if using collected shells
- Sand Dollars – Use either collected ones or craft ones
- Paint and Small Craft Paint Brushes
- Twine & Sewing Rick Rack
- Hot Glue
If you love coastal ornaments for Christmas, you’ll enjoy these Easy DIY Shell Ornaments.
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