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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009


  • Tun shell (

  • Glue pen

  • Glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels)

  • Metallic cord

  • Hot-glue gun


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

  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.

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