Here's a cute idea for a last minute ornament or one to commemorate a vacation.
Recently we took a trip to Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida and spent a few days on the beach.
While shopping around St. Augustine's historical downtown I saw similar ornaments like these going for $10.00 to $15.00 a piece!
Mine cost approximately $1.00 a piece for the clear bulb. The sand and shells are free to collect on the beach.
What You'll Need:
- Clean sand from the beach
- Small shells or other interesting beach items
- Ribbon or twine
Putting It Together:
Sift the sand to make sure it's free of debris.
|Sift the sand|
Place one bulb into a cup or container to hold it still and upright.
Use a funnel to add the desired amount of sand or fill about 1/3 of the bulb. Too much sand and the ornament may become too heavy and the cap will come off when you try to hang it.
|Add Sand to the bulb|
Add small shells and other interesting items found on the beach. I used a chop stick to move the shells into place after dropping them onto the sand.
Place the cap back on the bulb.
Add a piece of decorative ribbon or twine abound the cap. I added just a few drops of glue to hold the twine in place.
|Add twine or ribbon|
Use Microsoft Word Doc to create a tag. On my tag I put the location of our vacation, the name of the beach we were on and the date.
You can also use a Sharpie to write the information on the outside of the bulb.
Use a small piece of wire to fasten the tag to the ornament and for hanging.
|Ornament is finished!|
Store ornament upright, wrapped in tissue and in a small ornament box.
Now I am thinking of other similar ornaments I can make for past family vacations!
Merry Christmas and wishes for a wonderful New Year!
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Valentine's Day Craft Blocks
July 4th Decorations