pacific sand dollar ornament for Coastal Christmas Tree

{Coastal Christmas} Glittered Seashell Christmas Tree

There is nothing more special than decorating your tree with homemade ornaments collected from the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach or if you collected shells during your favorite beach vacation; this is a great way to create Christmas memories of your beach adventures.

A menagerie of glittered seashells blanket our work table.


We collected many seashells from our local beach this year as well as a few little floats so we decided to dedicate one of our trees just to our beach treasures.  A few starfish purchased from finished up our Coastal Christmas Tree with ease.


A bit of glitter, ribbon & bow make a Japanese float an extra special Christmas treasure!

Our Holiday visitors will each get to select one of the ornaments from our Seashell Christmas Tree to take home with them as a memento of their Christmas at the Beach.


Paint highlights the Sand Dollar’s natural design & glitter was added for a dazzling effect!

This is a wonderful project to do with your friends, children or grandchildren. We used a mix of glitter types such as iridescent, crystal and shredded to create an interesting and unique look.

Project Supplies: 

Ribbon; Jute or Pre-made Bows
White glue
Disposable cup
Glitter (shredded; crystal; iridescent)
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Bleach (optional)


  • Clean your seashells/floats/etc. in a mixture of 50% bleach
    & 50% hot water…a touch of Dawn© dish soap helps to lift dirt. The
    water assists in killing bacteria and smell on your seashells.  Soak
    for 1 hour or overnight depending on how dirty they are. Rinse
    thoroughly and let dry completely before using.
  • Option: Use acrylic craft paints to highlight edges; a sand dollar design or to create even more dazzle! A shell painted metallic gold looks gorgeous with a bit of glitter over the metallic shade.
  • Pour white glue (either Elmer’s or Tacky glue) into a disposable cup and add a bit of water to thin it slightly.
  •  Brush white glue* onto the seashell; sprinkle lightly with glitter(s) or roll in glitter if you prefer. Lay flat until dry.  (*A variation to using glue is to brush on an interior varnish to
    your shell and then sprinkle glitter on while the varnish is wet)
  • Glue ribbon onto ornament with hot glue (make sure the position of ribbon lets ornament hang correctly). Enjoy!



My pretty seashell ornaments are ready to hang…they filled our 4′ Christmas Tree beautifully!




I’ll show you how I made my “Snow-Angel Tree Topper with Seashell Wings” later this week!


Today’s coastal article brought to you by…

  • Ocean Offerings – Unique and Distinctive Gifts & Jewelry Inspired by the Sea.



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