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Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees

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Every year I am trying to add a couple of new Christmas decor items to our stash. Just adding a few items each year keeps the investment low, but already with this being my fifth year of having my own apartment, I am starting to have a lot of decorative goodies!

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted

This year, since we already have a lot of coastal themed ornaments from prior years, I focused on crafting extra decor items this time. I was very inspired by oyster trees that I saw all over pinterest, so I decided to make my own.

Luckily, some of our friends frequently host oyster roasts and save the shells in their yard. They were happy to let me dig out a bag full of beautifully sun bleached shells to use in my project. If you aren’t so lucky, you could order some online or use any small, similarly shaped objects.

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted

DIY Oyster Christmas Trees

Here is what you will need to make these oyster trees:

  • Tree forms – foam or cardboard
  • Oyster shells or any small, similarly shaped objects
  • Hot glue gun
  • White paint and brush (optional)

I used three foam cones of varying sizes. To start, I painted each green tree white with a brush and paint. It won’t get great coverage (the foam does weird things with paint) but you just want to cover it up so no green pokes out.

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted
Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted

Then, I just used hot glue to attach the shells to the cones. I started on the bottom and did rings all the way to the top.

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted


Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted

As you work your layers up the tree, use slightly smaller oyster shells for the best effect. Also, you will probably want to aim to overlap the next higher row over about 1/4 to 1/3 of the lower ring of shells.

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted

It is a bit tedious, but they turned out great! You can definitely do this project while watching a Christmas movie on TV!

We are displaying our tree “forest” on our breakfast bar. Isn’t it fun?

Are you crafting anything lately?

Coastal Christmas: DIY Mini Oyster Decorative Trees - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 Oyster tree

How to make an oyster shell Christmas tree

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

Add the perfect coastal touch to your Christmas decor with these DIY oyster shell Christmas trees!

Materials

  • Tree forms – foam or cardboard
  • Oyster shells or any small, similarly shaped objects
  • White paint and brush (optional)

Tools

  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

  1. Paint your tree (cone) white if it is not already.
  2. Use hot glue to attach oysters to the cone.
  3. Start at the bottom and spiral your way to the point.
  4. As you work, use smaller shells the closer you get to the top.
  5. Aim to overlap the shells by about 1/3

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