Thursday, December 18, 2014

our home: christmas tree and DIY ornaments...

I cannot believe Christmas is just a week away.  Looking back, it seems like 2014 went by so quickly…especially the month of December!  This year, I decided to keep it simple with the Christmas decorations and not go overboard with a bunch of new stuff.  Therefore, most of the decorations around the house are the same as last year {see here and here}.

One thing I did change up this year was that I wanted to have a beach / sea-themed Christmas tree.  I was able to find a few fish and seashell ornaments at Home Goods but needed a few more ornaments to really fill out the tree.  After some looking around, I decided that making some beach-themed ornaments would be a much more economical route than buying a bunch of ornaments individually.  For the ornaments, I opted on sand dollars and starfish which I bought on Amazon {here and here, respectively).


I used jute twine to create the loops to hang the sand dollars and starfish on the Christmas tree branches.    Here is what they looked like before they went on the tree:



And here is what they look like in the tree:


To add some more blue and green hues to the tree, I bought some plain glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby when they were 1/2 off.  


The ornaments were super shiny so I used some sponges to dab on Martha Stewart Frost Etching to give them more of a matte finish that made them kind of look like sea glass.  Martha Steward Frost Translucent Glass Paint would also work well and probably create a thicker finish. 

 


Here is a close-up of one of the blue glass ornaments in the tree:

 

And here is the whole tree...



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