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How to Make a Sea Shell Angel

How to Make a Sea Shell Angel

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!

How to make a sea shell angel


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What you’ll need to make a Sea Shell Angel:

  • One scallop shell for the angel body
  • 2 small clam shell halves for the angel’s wings
  • One 3/8″ white pearly bead for each angel.

Note: If you haven’t been to the beach, you can also purchase bags of mixed sea shells.

scallop shell, two halves of clam shells and one bead

You’ll also need:

Approx six inches of 1/8″ ribbon to make the hanger.

A low temp hot glue gun or Aleene’s Tacky glue.

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 sea shell 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.

Apply glue to bottom of the bead

Then position the bead on the top edge of the scallop shell. Hold in place until the glue sets.

Place bead on top of shell

Next run a bead of glue along the top edge of the back of the scallop shell.

Glue all top back edge of 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.

Position clam shells to form the wings of the angel.

And here you have the completed angel.

Completed shell 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.

Sea Shell Angel hanging on the tree.

You can even add a tiny bow to some of them if you like.

Completed Sea shell Angel with bow

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.

Want some more ideas for things to make with sea shells? Check out these posts:

20 Sea Shell Crafts for Kids

20 Beautiful DIY Sea Shell Home Decor and Gift Ideas

10 Elegant Ways to Bring the Beach into Your Holiday Decor

For another really sweet angel ornament check out these Sea Glass & Seashell Angel Ornaments from Erlene at Pinterventures.




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  • RobyGiup
    April 8, 2014 5:37 am

    What a cute idea! This summer I must remember to take some shells from the beach for next Christmas!

  • Kate
    April 2, 2014 12:15 pm

    She’s so sweet! Thank you.

  • Vickie Horsfall
    April 2, 2014 10:34 am

    What a creative idea! These little shell angels are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. Enjoy your creative day!

  • marilyn
    April 2, 2014 7:51 am

    They are very cute little angels. Having a heap of them on a tree would look very pretty.

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