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Seashell and Sand Keepsake Ornaments

For anyone who finds their happy place at the beach, try this: a clear bauble filled with pristine white sand and teeny-tiny shells. They make perfect gifts or a personal keepsake on your own tree. 

seashell and sand ornament

Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart


These were used to decorate our Beachy Keepsakes Christmas Tree. Not only are these ornaments speedy to make, they're incredibly economical. You can churn out dozens using your own mix of shells, sand, and other nautical treasures.


  • Clear ball ornaments

  • Small funnel


  1. Carefully remove caps from the tops of all ornaments. Use funnel to pour approximately 2 tablespoons of sand and 1 tablespoon of shells into ornament.

    sand seashell filled ornaments
  2. Screw on the cap tightly, and hang to display.

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