We love bringing the beach into our holiday decorating! For this year’s ornament party, we went for aqua and turquoise DIY ornaments, with plenty of sea-themed cuteness for a fresh beachy take on Christmas.
UPDATE: We’ve transformed these ornaments into coastal holiday or Christmas cards that you can now purchase from our online boutique!
This year’s ornament party (see last year’s for a full how-to guide) centered around a coastal vibe with sea animal wood cutouts, shells, sand, and bright hues.
Ornament-crafting events are a fun way to get together and relax with friends! If you’re contemplating one yourself, we’ve included some tips on what to look for at the craft store, organization, and lots of ideas for ornaments.
Of course, while we went aqua in our own ornaments, we had plenty of options for crafters to create something perfect for their own décor: reds, greens, metallic, and traditional Christmas themes.
Above all, enjoy the time together to celebrate the season. It truly is rejuvenating to the soul, which is what the holidays are all about!
Here’s a look at the supplies:
Ornament bases to choose from:
These are some fun options, and of course the variety may change depending on what you find in your craft store:
- raw wood ornament cutouts
- white distressed ornaments (Michaels has them in the store already distressed)
- Peace on Earth printable printed on cardstock and cut out (click here)
- gingerbread men (you can often find them in a kit)
- circular brown paper mache ornaments
- anchor chipboard cutouts (look for them with the paper crafts or other chipboard crafts)
- clear lightbulb ornaments
- clear ball ornaments
Supplies to decorate:
- thin ribbon and rope
- crushed mirror vase filler (or anything sparkly)
- sharpies, white pen (paint pen or white-out)
- laser cut wood cutouts of sea animals (we found them at Michaels in the paper-craft section)
- buttons, beads, sequins, etc.
- craft paint: red, green, metallic, aqua
- turquoise and white sand, sea-glass vase filler, etc.
- holiday themed washi tape
- DIY mini Santa hats – cut a red foam sheet (kids’ craft section) into mini curved triangles, then pipe with white pearl/metallic fabric paint
- do this ahead of time since the fabric paint takes several hours to dry!
Of course, you don’t need all of these supplies! These are just some ideas, and you can have a fun craft session with just one or two types of ornaments, and a few types of decorations and paint.
For the table (cover if you wish), you’ll want to have little paper plates to put the paint on, along with a few paint brushes and a jar of water. A couple foam pouncers for paint, a pair of scissors, a bottle of craft glue, and a mini bottle of Mod Podge will give the crafters what they need to create their masterpieces.
Check out the amazing crafting in session…Oh what fun!
The crafters came up with amazing ornaments! The mini Santa hats were a big hit for topping on the sea life wood cutouts.
Happy holidays from our hearts to yours!
Love these ornaments! So cheery and peaceful at the same time. The ornament party looks like lots of fun. And oh yes, I love the story of Mira! As always, the artwork is awesome (I love the signature eyes of each creature) and the storyline is very special. Keep it coming!
Thank you so much!!! We’re so excited to hear that you’re loving the ornaments and our new book too! 🙂 You can count on us for more, for sure!!