15 DIY Homemade Shell Ornament Ideas | How to Turn Seashells into Christmas Ornaments

The Holiday season is a great time to bring out all the shells you have collected and turn them into ornaments.

Turning your shells into ornaments is easy. Glue hangers to the back of the shells and enjoy their natural beauty, or add a little bit of sparkle with glitter or metallic paint. If you want colorful shell ornaments, paint your shells or embellish them. You can also play around with how you hang your shell ornaments. Add color with ribbons, or a bow like the above Shell Ornaments, or keep it all natural with rope hangers. So take a look at all these beautiful homemade DIY shell ornaments! 

simple DIY shell ornaments
Homemade shell ornaments are elevated with a sprinkle of glitter. Original source is no longer available.

Natural Seashell Ornaments
Let the natural beauty of your shells shine and hang them as they are. Simply hang shell ornaments with rope. Original source unknown.

Blue DIY Shell Ornament Idea with Ribbon
A blue painted shell ornament with blue ribbon by Across the Blvd makes for a great addition to a coastal or beach theme Christmas tree.

Blue Painted Scallop Shell Ornaments
Blue painted scallop shell ornaments with a distressed finish. Original source no longer available. 

glue ribbon to shell to make ornament
Here red ribbons are glued to natural shells, giving this simple homemade shell ornament a traditional touch. 

add sparkle to shells
You can also Drill Shells, but it's not necessary. Edges are decorated with silver glitter. Via The Space Between.

DIY Painted Santa Seashell Ornaments
Fun hand painted santa seashell ornament idea by Across the Boulevard.

add beads to shells
This shell ornaments sports a few shiny beads. By Alicia Burke.

Natural Oyster Shell Ornament DIY Idea
The interior of oyster shells are naturally pearly. The edge was giving just a hint of silver with paint. Via Coastal Wandering.  

simple shell ornaments
Simple shell ornaments by Beachcomber.

how to hang shells
Rope complements natural looking shells nicely. These DIY shell ornaments will give a tree a more rustic beachy vibe. 

Easy Shell String Lights Christmas Ornament Idea
Turn your shells into glowing ornaments by simply placing them over the light bulbs of string lights. I did these on my TV cabinet, but you can stick some shells over the lights on the tree too.