coastal decor and crafts

11/23/09

Make a Beach Christmas Ornament

If you love the beach, you will love this ornament idea!

beach ball ornament
Beach Christmas Ornaments made with clear balls, sand and tiny shells.


Beach Ornament
Beth, the creator behind this fun project, even made the ornaments right on the beach. How neat is that. Take a trip to the beach to make ornaments, something the entire family can enjoy.

fill glass ornament on beach
To get the sand into the balls, she employed a little helper. You could also just roll up a piece of paper.

fill glass ornaments
Add a few tiny shells. Super easy.

Beach Ornament
And here we go. I can see that Beth glued on a few shells to finish it off. To add a festive touch, tie a ribbon instead! You can view many examples here: 12 Homemade Xmas Ornaments to Make and Ideas for Christmas Ornaments!

27 comments:

Drawn to The Sea said...

simple
beautiful
brilliant
:-)

EntertainingMom said...

Oh Maya!!! I absolutely adore this! I am going to have to post it... and of course I will link you. I have some tiny pieces of beach glass sitting in a bag in my desk drawer that my 8 year old found in Maine this summer. He will love this crafty idea!

Now I have about 30 massive clam/quahog? shells... any ideas as to what I can do with them?!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Cute idea
Alison

Karen said...

These are beautiful!!! Do you mind if I post on my blog, with link to yours?

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very nice!

Tina said...

I have two boxes of those bulbs in my cupboard. This is the idea they were waiting for. Thanks

beth said...

What a neat idea! Those are beautiful!

Kim Knoess said...

Adorable! Thanks for showing the process, because I certainly wouldn't have thought to use a funnel!

Your picture this week is making me hungry.......

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Jessica, I'm working on the Quahog shells..., it's a fun challenge for me to try finding creative ideas what to do with them..., it'll take some time though, but I have not forgotten!!!

Karen, you are more than welcome to post this on your blog with a link back (that is very much appreciated -thanks).

Online Colleges said...

This is so Brilliant! I love it!

seanymph said...

I bought one once in Hawaii to bring back for my daughter. Every year I give her an ornament. I thought having a piece of the beach would be a nice gift ornament. We used to spend every weekend at the beach when she was a child.

Christy said...

So cute - I just love this idea!

Guadalupe said...

Really nice idea !! I will make it for my X-mas tree!! Thanks!

chitramyqueen said...

On my honeymoon in Maui 20-something years ago, I collected a bunch of teeny, tiny shells from the beach. I've been hanging onto them all these years, looking for some way to use them and keep them as a remembrance of that special time. This is the way! Beautiful idea! =)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Brilliant!

sealaura said...

so simple!!! i love it, i am going to make some during the thanksgiving break!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I've done this and they are beautiful. I tied a little colored ribbon at the top of mine in sea glass green.

Sue

simpledaisy said...

oh how darn cute:)

Risley and Dylan said...

such a great idea! what a fun hostess gift!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Maya thanks for posting my project and linking back :). If anyone wants to post this to their blog, I would appreciate a link back to my own blog. Thanks!

Newlywed Next Door said...

I LOVE this! I'll have to do this for my sea themed tree!

Life in Rehab said...

I did these too! Are we sharing a brain?

Anonymous said...

I have done this with the sand and shells I have collected from the beaches I have visited.
I then painted the name of the island or beach the sand came from.

once in a blue moon said...

Love love love this!

Carol P. said...

My husband moved to Padre Island in August and live right on the beach. I have collected hundreds of shells and this clear ornament project is a perfect way to decorate in a simple yet tasteful way. I'm also giving these to friends and family to entice them to come and see us and collect their own shells and sand!

Felicia said...

I love this idea! Had to even share it on my blog- http://diy4mommies.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-christmas-gifts.html
This was better then just buying some random gift & sending it off, I felt like I was mailing home to my friend that had to move away. Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

I have tried this with beach rocks and sea glass but the glass and the rock fall into the sand when the ball moves. How do I keep the items on top of the sand. please email me at mbutera2003@yahoo.com

thanks