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Christmas Crafts for Kids: Make an Oyster Shell Santa Ornament

Updated on September 22, 2012
Santa Claus oyster shell ornaments are fun, easy, and inexpensive.
Santa Claus oyster shell ornaments are fun, easy, and inexpensive. | Source

How to Make a Santa Clause Oyster Shell Ornament

Oyster shell Santa Clause Christmas ornaments are an excellent Christmas craft for kids. Completed ornaments make unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts for Teachers and Grandparents. If you have a supply of oyster shells from a beach vacation or a neighboring restaurant, you will only need to purchase a small amount of paint for this project.

Supplies Needed to Make a Santa Clause Oyster Shell Ornament:

  • One oyster shell for each ornament you wish to make
  • A drill with a small diamond bit to make a small hole in the oyster shell
  • Oil or acrylic paint in red, white, black and peach or flesh tone
  • Paint brushes
  • Thin ribbon to hang the ornament

Instructions to Make an Oyster Shell Santa Ornament

1. Scrub all the oyster shells you are using with hot water and dish soap. If any of the shells have any residue or dirt on them, use a toothbrush to scrub it until clean. Let them dry thoroughly.

2. Use the drill to place small holes into the top of each shell so you can add a ribbon for hanging. Make sure to drill the pointiest side of the shell as this will be the top. Ribbon can also be glued to the shell to make a hanger.


3. Paint the pointed top of the shell in red to make Santa's hat. When dry, paint a white ball for a festive jingle or add a cotton craft ball to make a fuzzy topper.


4. Paint the remainder of the shell white and let it dry.


5. Paint a peach or flesh colored oval for the face to match the shape of the shell.


6. Using a tiny paint brush or fine tipped Sharpie, draw or paint details of a face onto the shell.


7. Paint a white moustache onto the shell to finish Santa's face.


8. Add a hanger and your oyster shell Santa ornament is ready to enjoy!

To make a fancy ornament, you can glue white cotton to the face for a beard, eyebrows, and hair or a ball on Santa's hat.
To make a fancy ornament, you can glue white cotton to the face for a beard, eyebrows, and hair or a ball on Santa's hat. | Source

Make an Oyster Shell Angel Ornament

Using the same supplies, you can easily make oyster shell angel ornaments for your Christmas tree.

Instructions:


1. Scrub all the oyster shells you are using with hot water and dish soap. If any of the shells have any residue or dirt on them, use a toothbrush to scrub it until clean. Let them dry thoroughly.


2. Use the drill to place small holes into the top of each shell so you can add a ribbon for hanging. Make sure to drill the pointiest side of the shell as this will be the top. Ribbon can also be glued to the shell to make a hanger.


3. Paint the entire shell in a white or off white color of angels. Lightly spinkle glitter on the paint while it is still wet for a sparkling angel.


4. Paint a peach or flesh colored oval for the face to match the shape of the shell.


5. Using a tiny paint brush or fine tipped Sharpie, draw or paint details of a face onto the shell.


6. Add wings by gluing lace or ribbon on the backside of the shell. You can add hair or some garland to the angel's head to make a halo.

7. Add a hanger and your oyster shell angel ornament is ready to enjoy!

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    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Pretty, gives little kids something to do, and saves money on décor too. Oyster shells are beautiful in themselves as well!! Thanks for the ideas, Tammy.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Written Up! I hope you guys enjoy this craft!

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      Written Up 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Love this idea - I'm always looking for ways to "repurpose" for craft projects. I think the kids would enjoy this - sounds like a lot of fun.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mary615. I appreciate that!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Oh, boy...time to start thinking about Christmas. Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

      I voted this UP, e tc.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I bet those are really cute sgbrown. They are naturally unbreakable and last forever. They make for some awesome memories. Thanks so much for sharing that.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Fpherj48. There are so many uses for clam and oyster shells and they don't hurt the environment. I bet that looks beautiful in landscape. That would make a great hub! Thanks so much for reading! Mmm.. stuffed clams! That would be a super fabulous recipe hub. You MUST share! :)

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Glimmer Twin Fan. My daughter loves making crafts too. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      My daughter and I made these oyster shell santas quite a few years ago. We used the inside of the shell and didn't paint it flesh colored, just left it as it was. Add the cotton ball at the top and some cotton for his beard. They turned out really cute. I still have some of them I put on my try. This is a great craft for kids! Voted this up and useful. Have a great day! :)

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Suzie HQ,

      I am trying to convince Billybuc to get in the shell business. LOL. A person really could make a lot of money on those. There are many landlocked crafters who would love to have them. They don't cost to much online, but the shipping costs are high because they are heavy. I appreciate you stopping by leaving a comment.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Lord De Cross. It would be hard to eat oysters if they had Santa's face on them. Time to start shopping!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much TToombs. I appreciate that!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OK....It's getting pretty obvious...when I can scan past just a picture....and know it's a "Craft" hub written by TAMMY. lol.....I saw those Santas and I stopped to back up..."Oh, looks like Tammy's making something new!!"............Imagine my surprise when I realized, THIS is something I can do!! Yayyyyyyy! I save both clam and oyster shells when we buy them fresh to bring home for dinner.....I wash them and pack them away, because I will make stuffed clams.....and use the shells for this. The oyster shells, I will paint and put around our deck with our plants and flowers, to decorate.

      That Santa just below #8 in your instructions is PERFECT. I can do that!!................................Up +++

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      What a cute idea. My daughter makes ornaments every year for family. This might be the one for this year. Thanks! Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tammy,

      What a genius idea - loving this so much!! Tell billybuc i'll have his shells and throw a few euro his way! I would love to try these if I can get the shells d

      cheaply, they can cost here so i'l check online too. I used to take all the shells from a restaurant I worked with and was great for all craft things!! Sadly gone now. Voted up, Awesome, Useful. Interesting and sharing ! Great hub!!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Another cool idea Tammy. Those Oyster shells look better than the ones I left at the Buffet the other day. Wow! Christmas is 3 months away Omg!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Tammy, these are so unique and unusual. They would make a great present for family from the kiddos! Great idea! Voted up and sharing all over the place. :)

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hard to believe, but you are right Faith. My daughter likes making these.. and anything else she can paint outside. Thanks so much for visiting. You are a very supportive hubber and I hope everyone will follow you. :)

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Coffee. These shells are pretty small. It would take quite a few to pull on the tree. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Ver clever idea and cute too. My granddaughters will love making these. It is that time of the year to get ready to think about Christmas already. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That's really brilliant and cool. Hope it doesn't bring the tree down, or, these oyster Santas can be used as cheery holiday ornaments anywhere at home, too. Magnificent instant Santa beard! Cheers! Pinning and sharing and voting up too!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mama Kin. I am not a big fan of cheesy either.. or those super cheap foam ornaments that kids make in school. Oye.. Thanks so much. I appreciate your visit!

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Oh these are so cute!! plus they're not as cheesy as a lot of other homemade ornaments. I especially like the angel version ^_^ We make a few ornaments every year and I think this is going to have to be one of them. Fantastic job! Voted and pinned

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Spy!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting girishpuri. :)

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Whew!! Tammy, this is very great! what a lovely and gorgeous ideas you have!

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very much useful hub and a great use of oysters, voted useful

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading alocsin. You can get the oyster shells at the beach, in most craft stores during different seasons of the year, and from the method you described. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a charming idea but the obvious question is where do you get oyster shells? I guess you actually have to buy them from the grocery store, eat them and then use the shell? Voting this Up and Useful.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Julie DeNeen. :)

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much carol7777!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love collecting homemade ornaments. This is going on my list as a to-do with the kids this season. Thank you!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Summerberrie!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      These are lovely and your pictures are great. I am going to share on pinterest...and of course vote UP.

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      summerberrie 

      6 years ago

      I have a few of these, so adorable!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Billybuc. Even if you don't intend to make these, you could make a lot of money collecting oyster shells, cleaning them and selling them. Many crafters buy these for crafts but many have no access to them. Or, you can send them to the Realhousewife..LOL. Thanks for commenting!

      Thanks for reading and commenting Realhousewife. If you have a seafood resturaunt in your area, I am sure they would be glad to give you some shells. I appreciate your visit!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment Ishwaryaa22! I always appreciate your warm comments.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Double wow! Triple wow! With each creative hub, you tend to amaze me more and more! This is an extremely economical and crafty idea!A unique Christmas craft tutorial hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh too bad I don't have any around here. I might be able to find some at an art or craft store. This is a great project to keep those girls busy and happy!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a cool idea; we have millions of oyster shells on the beaches here....this looks so simple I could even do it! Thanks Tammy; passing this one to Bev. Very creative as always!

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