Use collected sea shells for fun Christmas Ornaments. Paint a simple Santa Shell Ornament for a coastal 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 the 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 added a small piece of wire to the inside and hot glued it in place to hang the ornament.
Materials Used For Santa Shell Ornament:
- Sea Shell
- White, Red, Peach, Black, and Gold Paint
- Hot Glue
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