The Christmas season has begun, and what better way to start than with these easy DIY coastal Christmas ornaments that can be switched-up for any style and used on large or small Christmas trees!
So glad you dropped in today! December is here, and we are well into the Christmas season. Of course, with this season comes the delight of gorgeous décor! How ‘bout you? Have you started your Christmas decorating? Sometimes I find myself running a bit late, which has definitely happened this year. However, I wanted to be able to share some Christmas crafts and decorating tips with you, and we’re going to start today with some easy DIY coastal Christmas ornaments that you can put your own spin on. And, these are GREAT for large or small Christmas trees.
If you want to add some FREE Christmas decor to your walls, you won’t want to miss these Christmas and Winter Printables.
EASY DIY COASTAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
Now, y’all know I live on the coast of sunny So Cal. And you also know that I tend to love all the blues and aquas that often go along with living in this beautiful and balmy area. 😉 But, have you noticed? I’m not an ‘all-out-beach-loving-decorator’.
Don’t get me wrong! I love the homes that feature beach signs and shells and other beach-coastal elements. But, wait for it…. I really don’t like the beach! Duh, duh, duhhhhhh! Never have and, at the ripe old age of …, I’m thinkin’ I never will. So my coastal touches tend to be a bit more understated. Simply ‘coastal’, not necessarily ‘beach-y’. Give me some aqua anything, a sand dollar, and a starfish or two, and I’m a happy camper. Just don’t ask me to camp at the beach! 😉
(BTW, in case you were wondering about the “HomeRight Refresh Your Walls Today” bloggers challenge… guess who won second place?! You can see all the entries HERE, as well as see the top three winners!)
With that said, we’re going to make a few understated coastal ornaments that, with a twist or two, would look lovely on LOTS of different styled Christmas trees… Farmhouse, cottage, even mid-century modern… maybe? Let’s get to it!
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General Supplies for DIY Ornaments
Here are a few items that you will need for ALL of these ornaments. Specific items for each ornament will be listed with the individual ornament instructions.
- Clear glass ornaments
- Quick Dry Tacky Glue (I like this variety pack for lots of different crafts)
- Paint Brush
- Small bowls to hold liquids (paint, Mod Podge, etc.)
Ombre Twine Ornament
Additional supplies needed:
- Cotton Twine
- White or off-white acrylic paint (for base coat)
- Acrylic Paint Color of your choice (I used FolkArt’s Metallic Rose Gold and Americana Whispering Turquoise)
Make sure to clean all the ornaments with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt/oils from the surface.
Remove the metal ornament top, and paint the whole ornament with one coat of white/off-white paint. This will ensure that the smallest of gaps won’t show between the twine. Yep, I learned the hard way.
Apply a thin coat of the QUICK DRY Tacky Glue to the top of the ornament, about ½ inch down and around. Place about ½ inch of the end of the twine going down the ornament, and then begin wrapping the twine around from the top (at the base of the ‘neck’) going down, making sure the end of the twine is hidden underneath as you go. This will anchor the twine, and it won’t be visible. 😉
Continue adding glue and wrapping until you get to the bottom (Note: as you go, gently press each strand up against the last strand, to help eliminate ‘gaps’.) When you have the smallest of an opening at the bottom, clip off the twine at about ¼ of an inch and twist and glue into the little ‘hole’ that will be left.
BTW, you can also create a Christmas Wooden Bead Garland with cotton twine tassels.
After the glue has dried (wait about ½ hour), it’s time to add the ombre effect. Starting at the middle of the ornament, use the Whispering Turquoise (or Rose Gold) paint and dry brush the twine, using very little paint at the top, and more as you go down. “Dry brush” is a simple technique where you dip your brush into the paint and wipe off most of the paint on a cloth or paper towel. Then you brush the remaining paint on your brush onto the surface you are painting. For best results, at first, wipe off most of your paint from your brush. You can always add more afterward.
To keep the bottom dark and solid, don’t wipe off any of the paint from your brush.
Replace the metal top and admire your creation! 😉
You can use any color you want for this ornament and put your own spin on the ombre look. I love the natural appearance of the twine, and the understated coastal style. (You’ll get to see the Rose Gold color in my next post!)
Extra Sparkly Ornament
Additional supplies needed:
- Extra fine glitter (your choice of color) (Pick this up at your local craft store for the best price!)
- Acrylic paint (to coordinate with your glitter…I used DecoArt’s Americana Whispering Turquoise and Cotton Candy)
- Mod Podge Matte Finish
This one is SUPER simple! I love how it gives MAJOR sparkle to a large or small Christmas tree, no matter how you choose to decorate.
Remove the metal top from the glass ornament and paint with two coats of your choice of paint.
After the paint is thoroughly dry, paint the ornament with one coat of Mod Podge and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle a generous amount of glitter on the ornament. Be sure to cover completely.
Shake off the loose glitter and let dry. After the ornament has dried (I let it dry overnight), gently tap the ornament onto a paper towel on a firm surface. This will help remove any glitter that didn’t adhere.
Replace your metal top and… easy-peasy!
Again… in my next post, I’ll share my Rose Gold variation!
Twine Tree with Starfish Topper
Additional items needed:
- Cardboard cut into the shape of a Christmas tree
- Cotton twine
- Starfish bead/jewel… THESE are totally cute! (or whatever you desire to embellish with)
Again, this one is uber easy and will look lovely on a rustic tree, coastal tree, or even a traditional tree! My inspiration for this ornament is from Andrea at The Cottage Market! Her farmhouse twine ornament is SO pretty!
After cutting out your cardboard tree, apply QUICK DRY Tacky Glue on both sides of the tree (I did about an inch down as I went). To hide the end of the twine, use the same technique described in the Ombre Ornament.
Continue to wrap the twine around the cardboard, making sure to gently press each strand up next to the last strand. This will help eliminate ‘gaps’. At the bottom of the tree, cut the twine and glued it down, then wrap the ‘stump’ of the tree separately.
Glue the star to the top and slide an ornament hook on the back, and you’re done!
(Ooooo, do you see a little Rose Gold peeking out at the top of the photo?)
Sea Glass Ornament with Charms
Additional supplies needed:
- Martha Stewart Sea Glass paint (I used Blue Calico and Sea Lavender, which is actually an aqua.. and it’s cheaper at your local craft store 😉 )
- Medium Foam Stipple Paint Brush
- Various beads/charms (I waited for mine to go on ‘Doorbuster’ at Michael’s for 70% off!)
- Beading thread
Inspired by Kim from Sand and Sisal, these sea glass ornaments are the perfect coastal touch for your Christmas tree. I had never tried creating a sea glass look, so I was especially delighted with the results!
After removing the metal top and cleaning the ornament with rubbing alcohol, take the stipple brush and dip it into your choice of Sea Glass paint. Using an up-and-down motion, simply apply the paint with the brush setting flat against the ornament. (I used three coats, but now I wish I has only used two, to get a more translucent look. But, use as many coats as YOU like!)
After the ornament has thoroughly dried, add your charms. String your choice of beads on clear beading thread. Tie off the thread, making sure to leave a loop that is large enough to go around the neck of the ornament, but small enough to have the beads ‘meet’ the metal top.
And that’s it! Four easy DIY coastal Christmas ornaments that can be given a twist to add beauty to any Christmas tree!
What would you do to make these ‘your style’? What is your tree going to look like this year? Let me know in the comments. I’m definitely going with a coastal tree this year, and I will be sharing my tree with you in my next post!
BTW, these easy DIY coastal Christmas ornaments are being shared at the Merry Christmas Blog party, hosted by Shabbyfufu and Southern Hospitality. Go visit, and you may find some new blogs to fall in love with!