DIY Seashell Christmas Ornaments

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You will enjoy making these simple seashell Christmas ornaments. Hang them on your coastal style Christmas tree, give them as gifts, or party favors to your favorite beach lover or seashell enthusiast.

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Materials Needed:

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To make the seashell ball ornaments you will need to make a hole from one side of the styrofoam ball all the way through the center and out the other side of the ball. I did this with a wooden skewer, but you can use whatever you have on hand such as an ice pick or long nail, as long as it goes all the way through.

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Once you have a hole made, take your 14″ piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Using your skewer push the two loose ends through the hole all the way through to the other side. Then tie a knot with the two loose ends on the bottom of the ball.  You may need to make a double or triple knot so that it does not slip back through the hole. Put a dab of glue at the opening of the hole to help keep it snug. Then, do the same thing on the top of the ball with the ribbon.

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Now, it is time to glue on the shells one by one. It helps to have a small cup to set the ornament in as you are working on gluing the shells. Only glue a few at a time and let them set for a while, so they don’t slip around. You may need to hold the shell in place for a second or two till it starts to grab. Try to get them as close to each other as possible.

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Keep gluing the shells one at a time until you have the whole ball covered.


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Now that the whole ball is covered, it is time to add any embellishments like starfish, sand dollars, pearls, etc…

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To find the center of the ball, let it hang until it is still, then mark it with a marker.

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Now, you can add the extras. I added some half pearls and a starfish.

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Last, make a small bow with the ribbon you have left and glue it on top of the ball. I used a piece of jute twine I had laying around to make a bow, then added a pearl in the center.

 If you need seashell pieces or seashells, sand dollars or starfish to make these ornaments you can purchase them from my Etsy Shop here:

For the seashell pieces, starfish and sand dollars used in this article visit our shop below:


I used Aileen’s Tacky Glue to glue the shells on the styrofoam balls. Don’t use E6000 or any epoxy glue because it will melt the styrofoam.

I used E6000 glue for starfish, sand dollars, pearls and bows on top of the shells that were already glued on the styrofoam.


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