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White Seashell Coastal Christmas Décor

Updated on November 13, 2016
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June is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but is currently residing in New York. She loves to cook naturally with plants from her garden.

DIY Seashell Wreath Tutorial
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White Seashell Ornament Coastal Christmas

Are you dreaming of seashells and beaches this winter? Perhaps you already live on or near the beach. Why not decorate your home this year with a white, tone-on-tone, coastal seashell theme Christmas?

I was born and raised in Hawaii, living there most of my life. Seashells were always a part of my lifestyle there.

I loved combing the beach for seashells, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea glass to add to my collection. I have always admired and am always awed by their intricate and delicate beauty.

My love of seashells is what sparked my interest in decorating and crafting with these wonderful gifts from the sea.

Seashell d├ęcor can be so elegant when paired with silver and crystal pieces in a shabby chic style. I think they go together beautifully for the winter (and summer seasons too) while bringing visions of warmer weather on snow covered dreary days. They add sparkle, life and warmth to the room when it is freezing blizzard weather outside.

On this page are decorating ideas for Christmas using white, ivory and cream colored seashell Christmas ornaments.

Seashells are gorgeous when displayed with crystal, mercury glass and silver pieces. Be sure to include them in your displays.

Included a few silver and crystal seashell shaped ornaments to coordinate and mix in with the white. I think they do look so lovely together. If you already have any vintage mercury glass ornaments I would mix them in on the tree with the seashell decorations. They will be beautiful together.

Lovely Shabby Chic White Christmas Tablescape - Seashell Dining Room Table Setting & Seashell Christmas Tree

Lovely White Christmas Seashell Shabby Chic Dining Room Table Setting
Lovely White Christmas Seashell Shabby Chic Dining Room Table Setting | Source

White Seashell Ornaments Can Be Utilized in So Many Ways

These white pearlized seashell ornaments will look fabulous on a white seashell themed Christmas tree. Personally, I can think of a variety of ways to use these beautiful seashells when decorating for Christmas.

  1. Christmas tree ornaments
  2. Placed in clear urns with aqua blue ornaments and large silver jingle bells on the mantle.
  3. Placed in trays, bowls, or placed on cake stands as tablescape center pieces or end anchor pieces. Add pine cones dusted with white paint and glitter, Christmas ball ornaments, and sprigs of fresh pine along with them.
  4. Place one on the top layer dish (dessert plate) of the table setting as a parting gift from the hostess. Each guest will depart with a seashell Christmas ornament to hang on their own tree when they get home.

Margaret Furlong's Star in the Night

Star in the Night
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Margaret Furlong's White Seashell Christmas Ornaments have long been a favorite of mine and have become highly collectible over the years.

I love the esthetic beauty of the clean white seashells and the decorative essence they bring to a coastal Christmas room.

If you are planning on a white shabby chic beach cottage style Christmas, a few of her ornaments on the tree will greatly enhance the theme.

Many of her creations are angel-seashell and heart-seashell related, but my favorite are these that I am featuring here.

They all look like real seashells that were placed into star shapes on the beach.

In my eye, they are almost as beautiful as the natural shells God created for us to enjoy!

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Distressed Wooden White Star Fish Set

I really love the rustic, weather worn look of this carved wood sea star set with their whitewash paint and ribbon hanger.

They remind me of houses on the beach with paint worn down by years of salt spray blown across the wood panels by the Kona tradewinds.

I actually have several similar to these that were given to me as a gift from a friend in the city (NY) and I cherish them. Every year when I hang them on the tree, I think of her with warm, fuzzy feelings, and I think of my home in Kona, Hawaii too.

This set of whitewashed sea star ornaments was hand crafted in Bali. Happily they are made from eco-friendly sustainable coconut wood. I can think of a lot of places to use them in a coastal themed Christmas venue. Can't you too?

Icy Crystal Iridescent Glittered Seashell Christmas Ornament

I bought several sets of these (they came 3 in a pack) when I was visiting the Bronner Christmas Store in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

I bought them because of the seashell shapes, but I didn't give them much more thought until Christmas rolled around and they were unpacked and put on the tree.

The thing that so amazed me is that they act like crystal prisms, the way they catch and reflect the light.

These seashell ornaments are acrylic, but they react like crystal glass to the light.

They are so beautiful! No one can tell that they are NOT crystal unless they go up and actually touch them. I wish Bronner's had a pack of 24 when I bought my packs of three!

Unfortunately, the packs of 24 and the packs of 3 have sold out on Amazon this year, but I will look for them again next year Christmas.

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Seashell Decorating Ideas for Christmas

Seaside Seashell Christmas Garland

seaside Christmas mantle garland
seaside Christmas mantle garland

Decorate your mantel by draping several seashells strands and starfish strands around a ready made, gold and white floral, pre-lite garland.

Using a glue gun, add sea urchin shells and extra seashells to it for an absolutely stunning mantel piece Christmas decoration.

If you don't have a pre-lit garland, I would wrap the floral garland with a strand or two of tiny white twinkling lights. Remember to spray with some glitter for extra sparkle!

Decorate Table Surfaces with Seashells in Pretty Containers

Seashells Add Dimension to Holiday Decorating Scapes

Seashell Ornaments Can Be Used for More than Decorating Christmas Trees During the Holiday Season.

They can be combined in glass bowls or urns with other glass ornaments such as mercury glass for seashell themed centerpieces or tablescapes on the dining table.

They can be added to coffee tables or to end tables as room accents and to fireplace mantles to anchor the mantle.

An exquisite focal point in any room with a fireplace can be created by draping the fireplace mantle with a garland made of seashells and lights.

My Romantic Home Blog
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Anchor the Design with Seashell Filled Urns

To anchor the look, place two matching clear glass urns filled with seashells, hand painted seashell glass balls or mercury glass balls on each end of the mantle.

A large candle can then be nestled down into the center of each of the seashell arrangements in each urn and voila ~ a gorgeous mantle to accent you gorgeous seashell themed Christmas tree.

A sterling silver tray filled with seashells surrounding a mercury glass hurricane candle holder will look beautiful on any table surface in the home. Place one on the entry table by the front door, or on a shelf in the guest bathroom.

Another idea to anchor the ends of the fireplace mantle is to use a small live topiary on each end.

Decorate each topiary with tiny blinking lights and tiny seashell ornaments hung with a light weight mono-filament nylon fishing line.

The fishing line will be invisible to the eye from a distance and will create the illusion of floating seashells on the topiaries.

Use a sterling silver champagne bucket. Fill it with seashells, sea stars and ornaments as another gorgeous festive display

Find bulk seashells and tutorials on hand made seashell ornaments at How to Make Seashell Christmas Ornaments

A White Christmas Morning

Martha Stewart's White Themed Christmas Tree

White Christmas Morn
White Christmas Morn | Source

This tree is one of Martha Stewart's themed Christmas trees. The materials she used to create the look, that are listed below, are from her website at A White Christmas Morning. I set up a tree a few years ago using similar techniques, but I used only silver and crystal ornaments (to catch the light prisms for a sparkly effect), mixed with white seashell ornaments.

I only used white intermittent lights and I wove a very pale icy blue wide ribbon to nestle amongst the branches of the tree. I place a very large bleached white starfish as the tree topper. The look was stunning!

Here are Martha's instructions and you can visit her website for more information.

"A Christmas tree dusted with snow looks even frostier when decorated exclusively in shades of silver, white, and cream. Simple paper-and-glitter ornaments mix well with vintage metallic pieces. Glitter ornaments are easy to make and can be saved from year to year.

When working with glitter, especially kinds made of ground glass, wear gloves and a dust mask to protect yourself from fine particles. Glass glitters are translucent, so they're especially sparkly. They are, however, also more expensive than other types.

Try a combination of glitters to achieve the effects you want:

1. Mica flakes

2. Clear plastic squares

3. Opaque white

4. Powder white

5. Diamond dust

6. Powder silver

7. Coarse crystal glass

8. Silver glass

9. Fine crystal glass

From Martha Stewart Living, December 2000

Seashell Coastal Christmas Tree

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    • purl3agony profile image

      Donna Herron 

      3 years ago from USA

      Very pretty! I never thought of using seashells in combination with Christmas decorations, but I love the look. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos and ideas.

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      4 years ago

      Hi Shirley, glad I could be of help. Sounds like the kids will have a great time at VBS! Congrats to your husband. I'd love to go to a Florida Shell show. Maybe one day.

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      Erin Bower 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Love this! These ideas are perfect for a beach house. Voted up!

    • craftdrawer profile image


      4 years ago

      Beautiful ideas! Never knew it could make such a wonderful holiday décor!

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      if you are living by the sea, there is a benefit in getting free ornament for the tree a nd the door wreath

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a beautiful hub and wonderful idea for a Christmas theme. I enjoyed it and will pass this on. Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting. Thank you and Aloha!

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      4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a gorgeous idea! I like the idea of white for all year round. You have some very inspiring ideas!


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