Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Seashell Angel Ornament Tutorial

What you need:
  • 3 wide seashells, two preferablly a little bit smaller than one

  • 1 small wooden bead, approximately .5" in diameter

  • hot glue gun
  • acrylic paints

  • small paint brushes

  • strand of small beads or pearls

Step 1:
Place the bead onto the end of a small paint brush. This is to hold it steady during the painting step. Place a small amount of hot glue into the hole on top. This way it will look more like a head than a bead. After the glue dries, paint on the hair. You can use your color choice

Step 2:

Paint on the facial features. I use the end of a paint brush to dot on the eyes. Then brush a small amount of pink for the cheeks and add a mouth. Let dry.

Step 3:

Using the hot glue gun, dab a small amount on the side of the larger shell, and attach one of the smaller shells like this. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4:

After the paint is dry, attach the head to the body using a small amount of glue to the body. You want to try to angle the head down slightly so that you cannot see the hole on the bottom.

Step 5:
Cut a piece of ribbon about 4" long. Glue onto the back in a loop for a hanger.

Step 6: (Optional)
Add a small strand of beads across the front.

Tada! And a finished ornament. I used these last year on the front of Christmas packages.

Is anyone interested in kits of these to make themselves? I'd probably be do a set of 3 for $5-$7.


Anonymous said...

That is so sweet! We have jars and jars of shells around here. I may have to give it a try!

Anina said...


lera said...

That's cute, Katie. Thanks for sharing.

Felicia said...

Oh, she's delightful! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! She's adorable.

Chara Michele said...

What a cute idea! :)

Sol said...

thanks for sharing