When we lived at the Jersey Shore a short time ago, I decided to get creative and bling up some shells I found on my daily walks along the beach. Some of them weren’t in the best of shape so I had to supplement some of my findings with some shells we’ve collected over the years from friends, thrift stores or trips to other beaches.
Being a “green blogger”, I see these craft projects through a different set of eyes these days. In my blogging journey, I have learned so much over the years about protecting our environment that I commit each day to do what I can to help this planet with every decision I make. And sometimes, that means I don’t blog about certain topics that don’t resonate anymore with who I am today. So, in regards to this post, I realize that collecting shells can be damaging to the environment. However, when you’re in an area like the Jersey Shore that uses bulldozers nightly to “smooth” out the sand for the tourists, there are worse things that could be happen than collecting a few shells that washed up on shore the previous night.
So, if you have some beautiful shells laying around, try making these gorgeous shell ornaments. Here’s the list of what you will need to create these beautiful pieces.
-fake gemstones, pearls or pretty beads
-ribbon to hang the ornament
-hot glue to apply ribbon or string to hang them
When applying the gemstones, try putting a drop of glue on the back of the gemstones with a toothpick to be able to control it and keep it from getting all over.
Have fun with it! I played around with some different designs and found out I liked the ones that use the natural curves and lines on the shell the best.
They even look beautiful just plain with a jute string to hang them from doorknobs, Christmas trees, or wherever you want to bring a little of the beach inside.