Finding different ways to use collected shells for Christmas ornaments this year has been fun. Using more of the cockle shells as berry baskets is my latest idea. Like the other shell ornaments I’ve made, this one is a quick and easy ornament idea, too. Grab a little paint, some berry stems, festive rope and ribbon and you’ll be all set to make some, too.
For each ornament, I started with a shell that I’d cleaned using Palmolive dish washing liquid.
Each shell needed two coats of paint. I also painted the inside of each shell with white acrylic paint.
I painted a few of them gold.
A few them were painted in an ocean blue color to go with a small coastal tree.
I liked this multicolored twine for the red and green ornaments. After painting the inside of the shell white, I added a dab of hot glue inside the shell and pressed each end of the twine onto the glue.
I bought several berry stems at Jo-Anne Fabric and Crafts to use for these ornaments. I pulled a section of berries from them stem and hot glued it into the shell.
For the gold shells, I added some gold rope and a few berries.
I think my favorite ones are the blue shells. I added white berries and a little greenery that I purchased at the Dollar Tree.
I also painted a few of the shells blue and tied a bow onto a piece of ribbon that is hot glued to the shell.
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We’ll be sharing at lots of these great parties!