Making Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments

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November 21, 2018

Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - closeup of ornament with a tiny bow handing in a pink and white treeI have a collection of shells that were from a box of pre-made stuffed shells entree. After the filling was eaten, I put the shells through the dishwasher to use at a later date. The shells cleaned up nicely and are in perfect shape! These shells could be used for many projects. I decided to make them shabby chic for tree and decorative pieces throughout our home.


Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12


  • shells
  • spray paint
  • craft paint
  • glue gun
  • beads
  • ribbon - optional
Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - shells
Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - string of white pearl like beads


  1. Lay clean shells on a flat surface and spray paint gold. Dry.
  2. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - shells lying on cardboard
    Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - gold spray paint
    Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - paint the outside of the shells
  3. Flip over. Paint and allow to dry.
  4. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - painted inside
  5. To add a little more sparkle, I added pink glitter craft paint.
  6. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - bottle of glitter paint
    Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - pink glitter paint added
  7. Count out 12 beads on the string; cut. This makes the perfect loop for hanging. With 1 of the shells, add hot glue at the top, begin by gluing 1 bead, then again at the other end, gluing side by side to form a loop.
  8. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - bead loop added

  9. Using more glue on the bottom of the loop, take your second shell and place on top, to sandwich the beads and press the shells together.
  10. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - two shell ornaments, one with a small bow attached
  11. Allow to dry. They are now ready to hang on the tree or a display stand.
  12. Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - hanging in a white and pink tree
    Shabby Chic Shell Ornaments - finished ornament hanging in a display stand
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