I’m excited to share this Santa Shell Ornament with you as part of the 2016 Ornament Exchange! This year, I was partnered with Donna from Two Chicks and a Mom. Using a cockle shell, I hand painted a Santa face onto the shell. It only takes a few supplies and the result is a fun ornament for your tree.
Living in a coastal city means that there is always the opportunity to go to the beach and collect shells. This year, I’m making several differently styled ornaments using shells collected at Folly Beach, SC. I’ve seen Santa Shell Ornaments before and I wanted to give making a few of them a try.
I started by sorting through a bunch of shells and selecting the ones that I wanted to us. These shells were dead, so cleaning them up was easy. I don’t like to use bleach, so I cleaned them by soaking them in Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap for about an hour. Using a lint free cloth, I dried them and left them to sit out to completely dry. I purchased red, white and gold acrylic paint and a bag of pearl beads for the sea shell ornaments.
I chose one of the large ones for Donna’s ornament. I gave it two coats of white acrylic paint and let it dry.
Once it was dry, I used red acrylic paint for the hat and peach paint for the face.
I added eyes, a nose and lips using black, gold and red paint. The finishing touch was to attach a pearl bead using hot glue.
This was such a simple ornament and it’s one that anyone can make. I hope Donna will enjoy it! I’m still trying to find a good way to add a loop for hanging before I mail it off.
Materials Used For Santa Shell Ornament:
White, Red, Peach, Black, Gold Paint
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Beverly shares easy, inexpensive craft tutorials, diy projects for the home, coastal decor projects, & thrift store find makeover projects all designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget.