Easy to Make Coastal Decorations

Seaside offerings shine as holiday decorations.

Small shell wreath

Howard L. Pcukett

Small shell wreath

Create shell wreaths by hot-gluing small white shells on a white crocheted ring. Hang with sheer ribbon or fishing line.

Holiday ornaments - Paper and shell

Howard L. Puckett

Holiday ornaments - Paper and shell

Tear pieces of heavyweight handmade paper into squares. Turn paper on the diagonal; glue shell to center of diamond with craft contact cement, then glue straw netting to paper surface so shell sits in it. Tie paper and shell ornaments to the tree with raffia.

Holiday ornaments - palm frond wreath

Howard L. Puckett

Holiday ornaments - palm frond wreath

Cut palm fronds and organize by size. Arrange the largest fronds in a circular pattern, hot-gluing consecutively in a fan shape until reaching the smallest palm. (Note: Make sure frond-blade ridges face down.) To hang the wreath, run florist's wire through the back and make a loop. Star: Affix five turret shells, spires pointing outward, with hot glue or craft contact cement to make a star. Glue any flat round shell--such as a small periwinkle, nerite, pheasant, or moon shell--in the center of the star.

Holiday ornaments - Shell path lanterns

Howard L. Puckett

Holiday ornaments - Shell path lanterns

Line a path with galvanized lanterns; add a shell or starfish to each one with decorative silver cording. As the sun sets, the lanterns will highlight the shells' silhouettes.

Holiday Shell ornaments - shell gift wrap

Howard L. Puckett

Holiday Shell ornaments - shell gift wrap

Personalize gifts with kraft paper, burlap ribbon, raffia, Spanish moss, palm berries, and shells.

Holiday ornaments - decoative lantern bag

Howard L. Puckett

Holiday ornaments - decorative lantern bag

Pack sheer votive lantern bags with rocks and sea glass.

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