I was working on this game for my daughter a couple weeks ago and happened to watch a Martha Stewart segment on glittering sea shells. Of course it really was just a segment on her selling a hot glue gun (which she didn't even use to make these ornaments), glitter, glue and Macy's ornaments. I digress. But after watching the tutorial of how to glitter shells, I thought we could do that. So, I took the concept and tweaked it a little for my toddler so she could help.
I did go and buy Martha's glue and glitter at Michaels. There was a pack that had three different colored glitters and the glitter glue for a fairly reasonable price (and if you have a coupon it helps). The night before I did these with my daughter I did a practice run. I actually started by using some glitter I had. It was craft glitter (not the kind kids usually use) that I had picked up on sale a long time ago. I used Martha's glitter glue and glittered a small shell. It didn't work. For some reason that glitter just didn't glitter right. Go figure. I tried again using Martha's glue and glitter and sure enough it looked like it did on TV. She showed drilling a hole in the top for the string, but I decided to hot glue string instead.
The next day I had everything ready because if you are going glitter with a two-year-old you have to be ready. My toddler helped glue and glitter eight shells, which was more than I thought she would have patience for. I debated about going back and re-glittering the empty spaces, but I don't think I will unless she helps. It really is meant to be "her" project and gift. Kid's ornaments should look like they made them. I would have taken pictures during the project, but it was a glittery, gluey mess.
Sea shells (we used small ones)
Hot glue gun
(to see Martha's directions go here. She actually has a really cool technique)
1. Hot glue string to each shell. Allow to cool down before glittering.
2. Use a paint brush to brush glue on a shell.
3. Sprinkle glitter on glue. Allow to dry. Repeat with other shells
4. Glue and glitter other side if desired.
**I actually had my daughter sprinkle the glitter from the containers and used the muffin tins to put the extra - you get a lot of extra with a 2-year-old**