Easy DIY Oyster Shell Ghost Tree

This was the easiest DIY. Bonus – I already had all the materials to make it, so it cost me $0.  If you’ve followed me at all, you know this is my favorite kind of DIY.

Materials needed


Glue Sticks


Spray Paint

Branch from my yard, or a nice piece of driftwood would great too

Step 1:  Find some shells.

I have a TON of shells at my house.  I visit the beach often and have collected so many over the years.  I even opened an ETSY shop and sell some of my shell creations and love doing it.  For this project I shifted through my many, many oyster shells and tried to find ones that had a ghost shape.

Step 2:  Optional – Spray paint the shells

Once I had them all selected, I spray painted them white.  I wanted them to all be super white so I spray painted them first using some paint I already had.  This is completely optional.  You don’t have to use oyster shells either.

Step 3: Draw the eyes    

After the paint dries, draw the eyes using a black sharpie.  Use your imagination and creativity here.

Step 4: Glue

I found the perfect branch in my backyard, but really wished I had a cool piece of driftwood instead. Once you have a branch, tree, driftwood or whatever you’re using, heat up your glue gun and start adhering the ghosts to your branch.  You can use E6000 too.  This took a little patience as you need to hold the shells in place for a bit to make sure they stick in place.

Step 4: Finishing touches

I placed mine in a vase I already had that has sand in it.  You can use whatever container you’d like.  I put a few of the extra ghosts into the sand to finish the look.

Check out my Youtube video.

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