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Seashell Ornaments -Gold Painted Shells for Christmas

Here they are, my finished seashell ornaments!

gold painted seashell ornament
As you might recall, Martha Stewart's Seashell Christmas Ornaments were the inspiration to make seashell ornaments for Christmas. Only I used gold paint instead of glitter.


beach seashells
I found dozens of these shells on a local beach. The ones with natural holes in them I strung together into a Shell Garland.

drilling hole in seashell
To Drill the Shells with my dremel tool was super easy. Well, I did crack a couple of shells. They're quite delicate and don't tolerate much pressure.

spray painting seashells in box
Instant glamour with some gold spray paint.

ornament hangers
There's no logic to my hanging method. I just happened to have a box of ornament hangers, and they work well. I used craft pearls for the finishing touch.

gold and neutral seashell ornaments on tree
Then I decided to add all the other shells (unpainted, without holes) to the tree too, placing them on the branches.

Christmas tree with seashell ornaments
Tada! Our humble Christmas tree with all the seashell ornaments.

moon shell as tree topper
Not exactly Martha's tree topper, but I'm loving my moon shell.
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28 comments:

House Revivals said...

These are great! I like that you used paint (my husband has recently outlawed glitter)!
~Amanda

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are so pretty! I wish I could find some around here. Not many shells here.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I love them. The pearl adds a sweet touch.

joely@twolittlefishes said...

Really nice Maya! They are lovely.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, they turned out beautiful! I love them, Maya! ♥

Heidiopia said...

Impressive, Maya! I will have to give this a try...the results are beautiful!

Sheri said...

Maya, thanks so much for visiting!! I love your blog and use it often for inspiration - which i think you probably saw already! I still need to find somewhere to do that wire basked and shells with lights - have all the stuff - can't figure out where to put it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

It's beautiful! Wow!

michelle said...

It is beautiful Maya! I love the gold and your tree is very pretty!!

Cat & Cricket said...

Maya~ they came out gorgeous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your shells look great. I have one tiny tree in one room with sand dollar ornaments on it.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks great. I like the pearl touch.

Sherri said...

Maya, I love your shell ornaments! I thought of doing something similar to that once but with copper and silver shells along with the gold!

Beach House Living said...

They look great and I like the topper. Actually one room is mainly coastal, the dining room is white, silver and pale blue, but everything is still in storage!

zoe said...

Love these Maya perfect for the summer Christmas we have here in Oz. Will be posting more of these Christmas treats soon on www.oceaniaislandliving.blogspot.com

Tina said...

I love the pearly, yummy, sparkly-ness, of those shells. Love!
T

Flotsam Friends said...

Wow Maya. They're insanely gorgeous. Adore the gold paint. Isn't that dremel the best tool ever! I love the touch of pearl too. And then having some natural and some gold. Not too over the top. Just fabulous. Pruxxx

Lili said...

I LOVE your tree Maya! And I especially love that moon shell topper. Your tree is so gorgeous and it has that quiet elegance that looks like what you would find in a magazine. You should submit that one my friend! xo ~Lili

Life in Rehab said...

Your tree is gorgeous! I did something similar in silver. You have to love the mix of nature and glamor in one simple project.

Carole said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I prefer the gold paint over glitter. WHERE is your local beach? LOL I can't find whole shells on the Jersey shore.

Karen @ Ocean Soul said...

Luuuuuuv your moonshell topper! And considering what Anne Morrow Lindbergh said about the moonshell in her book, 'Gift from the Sea' (the moonshell was a reminder about the importance of taking time for solitude!)...it is the perfect tree topper at this time of year!

Real Mountain Values (Brianna) said...

LOVE the topper! I live in WNC so I wouldn't necessarily use a shell, but you have totally made me rethink the topper... Leaves, pine cones, etc. Something to fit my region.

Awesome, thanks for sharing.

Skooks said...

I love the topper!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Carole:

My local beach is Sachuest Point in Middletown, Rhode Island. And those shells were a very lucky find! I had never seen those before..., and have not seen them since -go figure! The only whole shells around here are the quahogs.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I would love to have a coastal-style tree someday with beautiful seashell ornaments like yours--ideally with a beach house to go with it! :-)

Michael - Innkeeper said...

love homemade ornaments and these are amazing!!! so chic! love it!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I live on the coast...and I collect shells! Now you have me wondering if I could do this next year?!!! Wow...the gold makes them just truly...awesome!

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Do stop by and say 'hi' if you can find time. Have a great week ahead.

Jennifer said...

Wow. What a great idea. I never would have thought about painting shells :-)