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Jeweled Oyster Shell Ornament

Creating a jeweled oyster shell ornament can be a fun and makes a beautiful way to decorate your tree.

When we think of the ocean, our minds often conjure images of pristine beaches, crashing waves, and vibrant marine life. But beneath the surface lies a world of hidden treasures, and one of nature’s most exquisite creations is the oyster shell. Join me here to learn how to make a simple oyster shell look even more beautiful using pieces of crushed glass and other misc gems I found in my stash.

Here is another post that that can teach you how to make oyster shell ornaments. I am sharing my holiday ornament with this month Sustainable Craft Challenge. Thanks to Julie from Sum of Stories for hosting this month challenge.

WHAT IS Jeweled Oyster Shell 

A jeweled oyster shell ornament is a decorative item often made by embellishing a natural oyster shell with various decorative elements, such as gemstones, pearls, and other adornments. These ornaments can be beautifully crafted and are popular as coastal or nautical-themed decorations. They make for eye-catching pieces that can be used for various purposes, from home decor to special occasions.

Sky is the limit what you can embellish on this oyster shells.

WHY YOU WILL Love Jeweled Oyster Shell Ornament

  • They make your tree look beautiful.
  • Make great gift ideas.
  • It’s fun to make.
  • It’s pretty easy and economical to make if you have many of the supplies home.

SUPPLIEs: Jeweled Oyster Shell Ornament

HOW TO Make:

Steps: 1. Prepare the oyster shell: – Clean the oyster shell thoroughly to remove any debris. – If you want to paint the shell, apply a base coat and let it dry completely. To hang drill a hole at the base of the oyster shell using either a drill or Dremel.

2. Design your ornament: – Plan your design by arranging the craft jewels or beads on the shell until you’re happy with the layout.

oyster shell jeweled oyster shell ornament

3. Glue the jewels: – One by one, apply craft glue to the back of each jewel or bead and press them onto the shell. Be creative with your arrangement. 4. Add accents: – If desired, glue additional small decorative accents like tiny seashells or pearls to enhance the design.

gluing crushed glass on jeweled oyster shell ornament

5. Let it dry: – Allow the ornament to dry completely according to the glue’s instructions.

jeweled oyster shell ornament on a table

6. Add a hanging loop: – Attach a ribbon or string to the shell, creating a loop for hanging.

7. Final touches (optional): – You can add a clear sealant or glaze to protect the jewels and give the ornament a finished look. Once your jeweled oyster shell ornament is dry and complete, you can hang it as a decorative piece, use it as a unique gift, or even incorporate it into holiday decorations. Enjoy your creative project!

What are the best Oyster Shells To Use

The best oyster shells for ornament making are of a size and shape that suits your design. Look for shells with interesting textures and colors, but make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to remove any dirt. Smoother shells are often easier to work with, and you can use a variety of sizes to create different designs.

For more sustainable holiday ideas check out these talented ladies creations.

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jeweled oyster shell ornament on a tree

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  1. I am always looking for ways to craft with all of the natural beauties I have found along the beach. These jeweled oyster shell ornaments are so stunning! They are great for decor and also great to give as gifts!

  2. Oh these are so pretty! Plus they will really catch the Christmas lights and sparkle! Fabulous nature inspired decorations.

  3. These are so pretty, the delicate colours and the the way the light catches them is just lovely. Such an unusual idea for the Christmas tree but it just works so well. Love it!

    1. I appreciate the love, thanks for organizing this, I truly enjoy these challenges.

  4. I love the mix of soft colors. These will shimmer beautifully when hung near Christmas lights! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. Maria, your jeweled oyster shell ornament turned out beautiful!

    Stephanie@Crazy Little Love Birds

  6. We went to Mississippi for a summer break, and these ornaments were everywhere! And, they were expensive, too! Love that you made one.

  7. Wow, your oyster ornaments are gorgeous! They would make awesome, unique gifts. Pinned. I never even thought that you could buy the oyster shells on Amazon. I just thought crafters acquired them after eating ~ LOL.

    1. Thanks for your kind comment. Yes you can purchase them from Amazon. Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. Very petty! The gold paint makes all the difference. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

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