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Project

Glitter-Striped Shell Ornament

Channeling childhood summers on Cape Cod, crafts director Hannah Milman created a from-the-sea tree. Shells, sea stars, and sand dollars are dusted with glitter -- a single color, or two shades blended for an ombre effect -- or simply left as is. Naturally spotted tun shells sport sparkly stripes.

Created By: Johnny Miller

Materials

  • Tun shell (seashellcity.com)
  • Glue pen
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels)
  • Metallic cord
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 pearl bead (lavalierenyc.com)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    The natural spots on a tun shell provide the "dots" on these ornaments. Using a glue pen (ours appears blue but dries clear), work in sections to add stripes to shell. 

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle with glitter; gently tap to remove excess, and let dry. 

  3. Step 3

    Make hanging loop from metallic cord: Hot-glue knotted end of loop to inside tip of shell. Slip 1 pearl bead over loop, and secure in place with a dot of glue.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

Reviews (5)

  • 24 Dec, 2010

    The shells they mentioned are Tonna shells, not "Ton".

    Also, contact our Florida store shellbazaar.com
    Our prices are more reasonable!

  • 1 Dec, 2010

    I just tried this and this is so easy and fun. I bought a jar of Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter at a crafts store today. I found that the glitter was easy to work with and it didn't go all over the place. Does anyone know if you can use the powder that Martha has (it might be for embossing). I'll definitely make some seashell ornaments next year.

  • 1 Dec, 2010

    The addition of that little pearl bead onto the cord is a very nice finishing touch. It's details like this that often separate Martha Stewart's staff members' ideas from other craft ideas. Lovely.

  • 30 Nov, 2010

    Love this idea! I collect shells and have many of them that will work.

  • 30 Nov, 2010

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL, EASY CRAFT. I LOVE SHELLS AND HAVE TONS OF THEM. NOW I WILL DECORATE MY TREE IN A BEACH THEME. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!