I have a passion for Capiz shells. I love when the warm glow of the Christmas lights illuminate the wafer thin, translucent, pearly shells. A few oooo’s and ahhhh’s are sure to escape your mouth upon gazing at their delicate beauty. I had made two types of ornaments with the Capiz shell’s for last year’s Coastal Christmas Tree, which I fondly call “Capiz-cicles” and “Capi-zno-balls”! Icicles and snow balls… get it?
Today I want to show you how to make your own DIY Capiz Ornaments and guess what? You don’t have to make them from real Capiz if you can’t find any. I’ll show you how to make Faux Capiz Ornaments too!
To make your DIY Capiz Ornaments you will need the following items:
- Large Capiz Shells (appx. 3”) & a Capiz strand or garland (appx. 1”)
- Hot glue
- Wax paper (for faux Capiz)
- Iron (for faux Capiz)
- Needle and thread (for faux Capiz)
I get my Capiz shells from a local garden store, but you can find many resources online if you Google “Capiz Shells Bulk”. For the Capiz-cicles simply cut your Capiz strand into desired icicle lengths. Most strands have a knot in between each shell. Cut above that knot.
Hot glue on a ribbon loop or thread an ornament hook through the top hole in the Capiz. For your Capiz-cicles that’s all there is too it. Easy!
For the single Capiz shell ornaments, simply hot glue loops of ribbon to the shell.
To make Faux Capiz Shells, fold wax paper into 3 layers. Set your iron on low and turn off the steam. Iron the 3 stacked layers of wax paper for a few seconds. Allow to cool and cut out 3 inch circles or use a circle paper punch. I recommend using a punch if you want to make small circles for the icicles. It will save to time.
With a needle and thread, stitch through the top and bottom of small circle, creating a small icicle strand. For the larger Capiz, just hot glue on a ribbon loop. The picture below shows both real and faux DIY Capiz Ornaments and I’m telling you, it’s hard to tell them apart unless you are close up!
You will love how magical you tree will look all adorned in Capiz! Be sure to check out Sand & Sisal’s Christmas Project Gallery for more holiday décor ideas, crafts, and recipes!
Don’t forget to come and join the Countdown to Winter party which I will be kicking off this Friday!