Holiday gift exchanges are fun, fun, fun! Even more so when it’s with a group of super creative and talented DIY bloggers from all over the US! We had one simple criteria..the gift had to be made. Of course I planned on making something coastal. I made a DIY beach themed Christmas ornament. My partner in creativity for this event is the talented Leslie from House Along The Way. I’m sharing today how I made my coastal Christmas tree ornament and I get to share what my secret Santa sent me as well!
I met Leslie last year at the Haven Bloggers Conference. She’s super nice and very creative! I happen to know that the beach has a special place in Leslie’s heart. So for my gift exchange I thought sending her a piece of our beach was an excellent idea!
Here’s what I used to make the DIY beach themed Christmas ornament for Leslie. I started out with a large clear plastic round ornament.
I collected a few of my favorite beachy items. Sand, driftwood, shells and couple starfish. Everything but the starfish came from our local beach.
After adding the sand and shells, my DIY beach themed Christmas ornament was still looking kind of plain. So I decided to made a little beach sign out of paper and a wooden skewer. Hot glue worked great for putting it together. Here’s a little tip (because I learned the hard way) If you’re adding a sign, be sure to make the stake (skewer) long enough to go to the top of the ornament. The narrow ornament top will hold it upright. Otherwise, your sign will sadly lay on the bottom of your coastal Christmas ornament. 🙁
getting the sign into the ornament was easy, I wrapped the paper edges around a pencil and carefully slid it in. I straightened it out once it was in place.
To finish my ornament gift off I spray painted the ornament top with my favorite beachy blue color and topped it off with a twine and gold glitter ribbon bow.
And then I carefully boxed up my DIY beach themed Christmas ornament and sent if off to Leslie’s house.
A few days later…my box from Leslie arrived!
I absolutely LOVE the burlap sign she made. I have the perfect place for it too.
…and yes, Christmas is better at the beach! At least in our family!
Thank you Leslie!!
But…wait! There’s more! Take a look at the rest of our talented group’s Christmas decorations below!
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