Seaside offerings shine as holiday decorations.
Create shell wreaths by hot-gluing small white shells on a white crocheted ring. Hang with sheer ribbon or fishing line.
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.
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.
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.
Personalize gifts with kraft paper, burlap ribbon, raffia, Spanish moss, palm berries, and shells.