Yes, that says ornament and it’s only October.  You can never do holidays crafts too soon though, right?  Taylor gave me the idea to make some oyster shell ornaments  – how have I not made these before?!  A few hours after he inspired me, I had ~20 ornaments in 2 styles done.

Oyster Shell Ornament

What you’ll need:

  • Flat oyster shells
  • 9/64″ drill bit
  • Drill
  • Scrap piece of wood
  • Sharpie / paint
  • Twine
  • Scissors

To start, drill a hole into the top of the oyster shells using your drill & a 9/64″ drill bit.  I had a scrap piece of wood underneath so when the bit came through the shell, it would go into the scrap wood instead of into something else it could hurt.


I decided to leave some oyster shells natural and just write Charleston, SC on them with a sharpie pen.  The others were painted gold on the back, and then hand painted with a gold edge on the front.

Finally, just cut some twine, loop it through the hole and tie it so the ornament can hang.  Oyster shell ornaments are done!

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You can find all my holiday products, including the map ornaments from last year in my Etsy shop here!


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