This SEASHELL ANGEL ORNAMENT is fun and easy for kids to make, and might just be the prettiest homemade ornament on your Christmas tree this year.
If you have a stash of seashells in your craft cupboard, you’re going to want to make these seashell angel ornaments. They’re absolutely darling, and so simple to make. They may just be the sweetest homemade ornaments you hang on your Christmas tree this year.
These precious seashell angels ornaments were inspired by one very special seashell angel that’s had a special place on my Christmas tree for the better part of 20 years.
My oldest son gave me the seashell angel, pictured below, for Christmas when he was 3 or 4 years old. He’d purchased it at our church’s Christmas bazar, and his Sunday school teacher had helped him to wrap it.
My eyes still mist up when I think of how proud he was giving me a gift that he’d chosen and bought all by himself, and this little seashell angel remains, to this day, my very favourite Christmas ornament of all time.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so many years to replicate this adorable angel ornament with my daycare kids. We’ve had a huge stash of seashells for years. The kids use them for sensory activities and sorting activities, and even used them to make these seashell bird ornaments for Christmas one year.
This year, when I was decorating the Christmas tree, however, and choosing the perfect spot to hang my little angel, it dawned on me that this would be a terrific Christmas ornament to make with the hooligans.
I had the big kids over on Sunday for a craft day, and it was one of the first crafts we made that morning.
They turned out beautifully, and the kids were thrilled to have such a precious little angel made from one of the seashells they’ve played with so often over the years.
Let me show you how we made them.
To make your seashell ornaments, you’ll need:
- wooden beads (or one of the alternative materials pictured further below)
- metallic pipe cleaner for halo
- regular pipe cleaner to attach angel’s head
- hot glue gun
- metallic thread for hanging
- craft gems/thin ribbon (optional embellishment)
How to make a seashell angel ornament:
Paint your angel’s head and body
Begin by painting your seashell. I would advise using acrylic craft paint on your shells. It will hold up well over the years, and if you’re adding a coat of varnish or clear glue and glitter, like we did, it won’t streak or run.
Paint your wooden bead as well. Our bead had a glossy finished, and I worried a little that the paint might not adhere to it, but it did. A coat of varnish or clear glue wouldn’t hurt, to protect it from getting scratched over the years.
Alternatives for your angel’s head
If you don’t have wooden beads for your angel’s head, you can use a jingle bell, pom pom, small styrofoam ball, large metallic bead or a disk cut from a wine cork.
Attaching your angel’s head
When your seashell and wooden bead are dry, you’ll need to attach your angel’s head to her body.
If your seashell has enough surface space at the top of it to set the head on, you can just squeeze a dollop of hot glue there and press the bead in place.
A lot of our seashells had a very thin edge at the top which I knew wouldn’t support the head no matter how much hot glue we used. I got creative and came up with this simple solution:
- Run a pipe cleaner through the hole in your bead. I chose a beige pipe cleaner so it would blend with the colour of the bead.
- Bend the pipe cleaner down over the back of the head and twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner together. Trim any excess, leaving about a one inch tail.
- Run a line of hot glue down the back of the seashell and press the tail of the pipe cleaner into it. While the glue is drying, tweak the positioning of the angel’s head so it’s right where you want it to be.
Halo and glitter
Cut a very small piece of pipe cleaner, and attach it, with hot glue, to the top of your angel’s head.
Now your angel is ready for any embellishments, such as glitter and jewels.
I know some of you are not fans of glitter, but when it’s contained in glue it’s virtually mess-free, and it adds such a nice touch to these ornaments.
Some of the kids brushed glitter over the entire surface of their angel’s dress, while others were selective about where they added it. Some chose to not add glitter at all.
Feel free to add a craft gem to the front of your angel for the finishing touch.
Hanging your seashell angel
To hang our angels, we slipped a length of metallic thread under our angel’s halo and secured it with a knot.
Aren’t they absolutely precious?
Without a doubt this is one of the prettiest homemade Christmas ornaments we’ve ever made, and a really wonderful way to put a few of the shells in your seashell collection to good use.
It makes such special homemade gift for a child to give to a parent.
Trust me. My heart completely melts when I hang mine on my Christmas tree each year.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.