Have you been on a beach holiday and spent some time collection shells? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to live close to the ocean and go every chance you get! (This was me when we lived in Maui and Florida.)
If so, get ready to make some sea shell angels!
One scallop shell for the angel body
2 small clam shell halves for the angel’s wings
One 3/8″ white pearly bead (<-affiliate link) for each angel.
Note: If you haven’t been to the beach, you can also purchase bags of mixed sea shells.(<affiliate link)
You’ll also need:
Approx six inches of 1/8″ ribbon to make the hanger.
Please note: When I was making the angels, I used a low temp hot glue gun but if you are making them with younger children, I would suggest using Aleene’s Tacky glue.
I made a test angel using the tacky glue before writing this tutorial and the glue holds the shells together really firmly. It will take longer to make the angels using tacky glue because you have to allow the glue to set and dry for a few hours between each step, but it’s much safer. Even a low temp hot glue gun gets hot enough to burn little fingers.
Grown up fingers too!
Start by applying a circle of glue to the bottom of the pearly bead.
Then position the bead on the top edge of the scallop shell. Hold in place until the glue sets.
Next run a bead of glue along the top edge of the back of the scallop shell.
Position the clam shells to form the angel wings and hold in place until set. Make sure to get them positioned just right because once the glue is dry it will be difficult to remove and re-position them. In fact, if you’re using tacky glue, it might be impossible to do without breaking one of the shells.
And here you have the completed angel.
To make the hanger for your angel, fold the ribbon in half and knot the end. Glue to the back of the angel and come Christmas time it will be ready to hand on the tree.
You can even add a tiny bow to some of them if you like.
Dave and I made about 20 of these little angels to decorate our 2013 Christmas tree from shells we collected on the beach in Perdido Key. They are safely wrapped up in tissue paper and tucked away for us to use for years to come.
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