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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Seashell Christmas Ornament ~

Seashells have been a favorite decor item of mine for some time now. When it was time to decorate the tree this year, I began my hunt to find anything beachy to put on the tree. I looked at many stores with no luck. Then I had a light bulb moment and took what I had beachy at the house and made my own ornaments. It's so super easy, even the kids made one. Here is the tutorial. Hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Find a box of plain and light weight ornaments. I used these because they were the cheapest I found at my local craft store.

Purchase a bag of small shells. The small ones seem to work better but any variety will do, just make sure you love the way they look!
I used a hot glue gun to attach seashells to ball. Place them as close together as you can. Don't worry about the small gaps in between, we will fix that in a minute. Once you have the whole ornament covered it will look like this.

Now its time to fill those holes. I used decoupage glue. It dries clear. I was going to use Elmer's but was unable to find it. I'm wondering if I would even reccomend the Elmer's glue, after how well the decoupage glue worked out. I think anything would work as long as it dries clear. I placed a piece of newspaper underneath this part of project to catch any of my mess. Once you have a section with glue began to sprinkle sand. Don't be frugal here. Sprinkle heavily! Repeat until completely covered in cracks and crevasses with sand. Allow to dry.

Once your ornamnet is dry attach a bejewled hook and now you have the SEA on your Christmas tree!

Enjoy~ Jamie