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Coastal DIY sailboat ornament

To make the Sailboat Ornaments you will need the following items:

(6) 3 inch glass craft ornaments
1 bag of blue crushed shells (found in most craft stores)
wood skewers
small rubber hair bands (or orthodontic bands used for braces)
a piece of white cardstock or printer paper
hot glue gun
gardening trimmer
very narrow tweezers or jewelry making pliers

Sailboat ornament DIY

Step 1) Use your gardening trimmer to cut wooden skewers into 2 lengths. One will be  5 cm. (that will be the mast) and the other skewer should be cut to 3 cm. (this will be the boat).

Step 2) Now grab 2 tiny rubber bands. I used my kids’ leftover bands from their braces! You can also find small elastic bands in the beauty section of any store, but braces bands work best. Slide one band over the 2 skewers

Step 3) Rotate the shorter skewer one full turn and hold securely. 

Step 4) Still holding the skewers securely, slide the 2nd band over the two skewers as pictured below.

Step 5) Let go and the boat base will pop into a horizontal position, which should be perpendicular to the mast.

Step 6) Cut out a paper triangle sail out of card stock or printer paper. Feel free to color it if desired. Place a small amount of hot glue to the back of the mast and glue the sail to it.

Step 7) Fill the bottom of your ornament with the crushed shells (Don’t add too much at first. You can always add more later). The reason why I used 3 inch glass ornaments vs. larger ones, is because these shells will make your ornament heavy!

Step 8) Twist the “boat” skewer so it is aligned with the mast (like in step 4) and start inserting it into the ornament opening. It will pop back in place as soon as it clears the opening.

Gently bend and tuck the paper sail so it will fit into the opening. Hold the top of the mast with your needle nose pliers or tweezers and insert the sailboat into the shells, pushing all the way to the bottom or until the “boat” part is sitting on top of the shells (water).  The shells should hold it in place. Use the pliers to adjust the position.

sailboat ornament diy final step

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Sand And Sisal Sailboat Ornament DIY

Coastal Seashell Mirror DIY


framed mirror

hot glue gun and glue sticks


stiff paintbrush

straight razor

window cleaner

cloth or paper towel


Collect and Clean Seashells. If shells were collected from the beach, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. If you aren't planning a trip to the coast, shells can be purchased at craft stores. Make sure to have enough small and medium sized shells to cover the entire mirror frame.

Attach Shells. Preheat hot glue gun. Working from inside of mirror frame, apply glue in small sections and press shells into hot glue. Hold in place until glue cools. Shells can be placed at random or in a pattern.

Cover Entire Frame. Continue to apply glue in small sections, pressing various sized shells into glue. Use small shells to fill in gaps between larger ones. Save large, decorative shells to apply last, so they will be most visible. Tip: A flat frame provides a smoother gluing surface for shells, but a decorative frame will give a fuller look.

Clean Frame and Mirror. Glue guns tend to leave strings of glue behind. To remove these, gently sweep them off using a stiff paint brush. Use a straight razor to remove glue from mirror surface. Wipe down mirror with window cleaner and hang.

A simple and coastal seashell mirror DIY. Try this great coastal DIY and turn your own seashore treasures into a beautiful seashell mirror.


Seashell Mirror

Seashell bust DIY


A bust. 

E6000 adhesive (Don’t even try this with another glue. You’ll have wasted a lot of time.)

A small paintbrush.

Judykin’s Diamond Glaze

Various shells, sea glass, coral

Glue gun/glue sticks

Aluminum Foil


Start by squeezing a bit of E6000 onto a piece of foil. Just dab a shell into the E6000, really just a little is all it takes. Squeeze a couple of dots of hot glue on top of the E6000. Press to your figurine for a few seconds. The E6000 forms the permanent bond, the hot glue forms the “fast bond”. Alone, the silicone based E6000 will slide around, but not when topped with the hot glue.

Add layers and fill in the spots.

Next. You’ll have spider web strands of glue everywhere. But did you know if you hit it with a blow dryer they disappear

Lastly add Judykin’s Diamond Glaze. It’s a very thin, very clear(non-yellowing) adhesive/top coat. It insures it will all stay together. Drip some out of the bottle, and spread out with the paintbrush. Work in small areas, letting dry in between.

You are all finished, stand back and admire your creation.

A coastal DIY for the shell collector. Put all those beautiful seashore treasures to use with this lovely seashell bust DIY.


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