Remember your vacation with an easy to make DIY Beach Souvenir/ Beach Christmas ornament that can be made in minutes and is easy enough for kids to make.”
This post does contain affiliate links. This post was originally published on May 28, 2014.
When budgeting for vacations or quick getaways, I rarely include money for souvenirs. Personally, I’d rather create great experiences with my family and shopping in overpriced stores for t-shirts or snow globes rarely fit that criteria. Of course, there are exceptions, but the majority of the time, I’ll pick up a couple of postcards, press a few pennies, save some brochures and call it a day.
If I do buy a souvenir, it needs to be something unique and something that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Sometimes I make my own souvenir, like this easy DIY beach souvenir a.k.a. beach Christmas ornaments.
When my kids were really little, we began a tradition of decorating our Christmas tree together. Each year, we’d pull out the special Christmas tree ornaments that I’d collected as a teen and young adult and we’d go through them one by one. As my kids would hang them on the tree, I’d share the story behind the Christmas decorations.
Some were ornaments that I’d had as a child, some were handmade from my great-grandmother and some were travel themed ornaments or souvenirs. I always looked forward to that special time as a way to relive those memories.
When I began to plan a road trip to Florida, I knew I’d make a few stops along the coast at a beach here and there. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop at a beach without picking up a few shells and a handful of sand.
But I never know what to do with the shells once I return home. I remembered those special moments with my kids each December and decided why not relive those special travel memories by creating an easy DIY beach souvenir from the shells and sand I’d collected to display?
DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments to Make
I shopped for some simple craft materials- plastic DIY Clear Ornaments, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, jute string, cloth tags, and ink, grabbed the sand and shells I had collected- and got started making my own beach Christmas tree ornaments.
To create your ornament, you simply open your ornament and fill half of it with sand.
Add a few shells.
The plastic pieces fit together snugly, but I wanted to make sure that my creation would remain intact so I added a thin layer of tacky glue along the ridge of one side of the ornament to seal the ornament.
Then, I added some jute string so I would have something to hang the ornament from the tree. You could also use twine, hemp or colored ribbon.
Since we travel frequently and have been to many beaches, I wanted to make sure that I could remember where these shells came from years down the road. I took a pre-made canvas tag and added a bit of color by lightly brushing the canvas to a colored ink pad.
Next, I wrote the name of the beach to the front of the tag and slid the tag onto the jute string. On the back of the tag, I added the location of the beach and the year.
This craft is super easy to create, takes only a few minutes and makes very little mess.
Someday, I’d love to display an entire beach themed Christmas tree but in the meantime, I’ll continue to visit beaches on my travels to collect shells for those special beach ornaments. And they are so easy to make.
Do you collect seashells when you travel? What do you do with them when vacation is over?
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