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Holiday Seashell Crafts

Holiday Seashell Crafts

Looking to do some holiday decorating with seashells? You’re in the right place. We’ve been busy making ornaments this week from shells found on the beach right here at ‘Tween Waters. They’re so pretty, you can even gift them to family and friends (if you can part with them). Here’s what you’ll need:

 Craft Supplies:

  • Clear plastic ornaments
  • Sand
  • Krylon Glitter Shimmer spray
  • Acrylic paint (red, beige, black and white)
  • Ribbon or pipe cleaners


 Shells Used:

  • Giant Heart Cockle for Santa face
  • Scallops or clams for snowmen
  • Dosinias
  • Mini shells 


For the Santa face, you’ll find step-by-step photos below. We glued on googly eyes, but you can also just use paint. This is a kid favorite! 

For the snowman, start by painting the shell white. My buddy, Leo, (pictured) created his by using a worm shell for the carrot nose. So clever. 

For filled ornaments, use a small funnel to pour in sand. Then just drop in any shells that fit through the opening. You can leave the shells natural or spray them with Glitter Shimmer.

My sister made the dosinia ornaments by spraying them with Glitter Shimmer and hot-gluing a ribbon atop. They’re so elegant. In fact, the full name of the shell is “elegant dosinia.” You can do the same process with sand dollars. 

Need a really special gift? How about a shelling charter? You can leave right from the dock at ‘Tween Waters and head out to explore the outer islands. This is a fantastic adventure that any shell-hunter would love. 

I really hope you’ll create some seashell ornaments of your own. Please post your creations to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram. We’d love to see them. Happy Holidays!

Step 1: Paint shell white
Step 2: paint a face area
Step 3: paint on Santa’s hat
Step 4: add eyes, nose and mouth
Leo and his snowman ornament
clear ornaments filled with sand & seashells
Leo and Jordan making seashells ornaments.
Snowman seashell ornament by Leo.
Elegant dosinia seashell ornament.