Shell Ornaments – Christmas in July

I am joining a group of fun bloggers today for a Christmas in July blog hop hosted by Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip. You can check out all the other bloggers projects at the bottom of this post.

A few weeks ago I decoupaged some shells. I had such a nice response to them that I decided to open an Etsy shop to start selling them. When I was asked if I wanted to be a part of this Christmas in July blog hop I quickly said yes and thought I’d try my hand at making some shell ornaments. I think they came out pretty cute and plan to add them to my shop soon. Here is how I made them.

Step 1, Collect Some Large Shells…

We live only 4 miles from the beach and go quite often. I always take a walk to collect shells, and we have some good ones here in Florida.

Step 2, Paint…

You don’t have to paint the shells, but some of them look better with a quick coat of white paint.

Step 3, Decoupage…

All of my Christmas stuff is packed away in our storage closet in the garage and is not easily accessible. Luckily, Hobby Lobby had some Christmas stuff out so I took a trip there and found some fun stickers to use for this project.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the sticker to the shell.

I should note here that I used shells that already had holes in them so I could easily tie some twine for them to hang. No holes in your shells? You can use a super small drill to make one.

Anyway, once the Mod Podge dried I used some gold leaf paint around the edges. Lastly, I tied some twine thru the already existing hole so they’d be able to hang on a Christmas tree. I added a red bead to the one in the middle to see how that looked too. These will be on my Etsy shop soon. What do you think? I think they are pretty cute.


Take a look at what all the others bloggers came up with…

Decorate and More with Tip | Sew Sassy by Paula | DIY Vibes | Pretty DIY Home
Bluesky at Home | Patina and Paint | Celebrate and Decorate | B4 and Afters
A Vintage Flare Farmhouse | LeCultivateur | County Road 407 | The House House
Jessica B Simmons | Living Little John


  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407 July 25, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Those are darling. I would have never thought to do anything with shells. Glad to be joining in today. Pinned

  • Reply Pamela @ DIY Vibes July 25, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Such a simple & adorable idea, Jodi! Pinned!

    • Reply Jodi House July 25, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Thanks! I am glad you like them.

  • Reply Cindy July 25, 2020 at 10:47 am


    These turned out great. I’m sure these will be big sellers in your shop. Good luck by the way with your Etsy shop.

    Love these!


    • Reply Jodi House July 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Cindy. I have had such a nice response today to these. I sure hope they do well on Etsy.

  • Reply Leanna July 25, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    These Christmas ornaments are so nice, especially for coastal decor. My bbf lives on the ocean, and I need to share this with her. So cute

  • Reply Terrie @Decorate and More with Tip July 25, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    How fun is these ornaments. Repurposing those shells is brilliant. So many people love the coastal vibe this will be a perfect ornament for their trees. I think they would look great on any tree myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Jodi House July 25, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Terrie! These are so fun to make.

  • Reply Danya July 25, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    What a fun and cute idea! Love the Santas!

  • Reply Chloe July 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Such fun little ornaments! Where are you in Florida? I live in Celebration, outside of Orlando. I do love to go down to the beach at Hutchinson Island. There are SO many shells down there! I am hoping to create some things for Christmas with those I have collected!

    • Reply Jodi House July 25, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you! We are in Naples. Tons of shells here too. I have an over abundance of them in my house. Lol

  • Reply Liberty July 25, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Saved to my Christmas ornament board! The gold adds an amazing touch– and I never would have thought to decoupage stickers! Great idea! Now maybe I can use some from my extensive collection that have lost their stickiness….


  • Reply Paula Campbell July 26, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I love this fun and unique idea for using shells!

  • Reply Tammy July 26, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Jodi I just made some shells for my living room so I have quite a few left over and this is such a cute idea. Definitely going to give it a try. So cute!

  • Reply Jessica Simmons July 28, 2020 at 1:05 am

    These are so cool! I love this idea!

  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome July 28, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Jodi, these shell ornaments are darling. I don’t have any shells, but I do have several sand dollars that we brought back from Sea Island a couple of years ago. I might try this idea on them. Thanks so much.

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