Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sand Dollar Ornaments

It's a past time of mine to collect sea treasures whenever we go to the beach. It's something now the boys enjoy doing with me which makes it even more special. Sand dollars are a favorite because they can be turned into Christmas decorations. Here's how I turned our sea treasures into tree treasures.

Spray the sand dollars with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and sprinkle with a generous amount of glitter. Let dry, flip the sand dollars and repeat in the opposite side.   
Tip: The type of spray adhesive used is very important. I used a different one in the past and, after a while, the sand dollars turned yellow.

After both sides have dried, shake off excess glitter. It is not unusual for the glue and glitter to be trapped in the little holes. Use a knife to open up the space in one of them to be able to loop the ribbon.

That's all there's to it! Your beautiful and sparkly sand dollars are ready to be displayed. 

If sand dollars are not readily available in your area, there are several companies that sell them. I did not include a link to any because since I've never bought any, I can not vouch for their quality. If you know of a company that sells top-notch shells and such, feel free to share it in the Sunny Notes.

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Renee said...

Great idea! We always collect sand dollars when we go to Hilton Head (we are traveling there this summer). But, I have a question, how do you dry them out so they don't get all smelly?

Cassie Bustamante said...

you know i love these! i love having mine out! makes me think of you! :)

Susan said...

Oh how pretty, I once found a live sand dollar (it was gray with “hair” all over it)! These kind of remind me of it. I think I’ll have to make a few for my tree!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I love those! I have the little ones you sent~I should make some of them into ornaments.

Kate Nyquist said...

these are just gorgeous! lovely idea :)
Kate x

MomOfMackenzie said...

I inherited a jar of sand dollars from when my folks had a place at Emerald Isle, NC. I've made an ornament for each of the grandkids.