Although I planned to reveal my Christmas home tour this week, it’s just not going to happen. I’m still working on a few things, so you’ll have to wait a bit more. In the meantime, however, I have an easy tutorial for DIY sand dollar ornaments. If you’re a beach-loving family like we are, this is a great way to commemorate your beach trips.
We vacation in Seaside, Florida every year (see our latest trip HERE) and enjoy finding sand dollars on the beach. While I have plenty of store-bought Christmas decorations, I always try to incorporate a few personal homemade touches to our home each year. Last year, I made pine cone ornaments with pine cones we collected from our lake cabin. This year, I decided to repeat that concept with our sand dollar collection.
For this project, you’ll need sand dollars, ribbon (cut into 6-8 inch lengths), and a hot glue gun. If you don’t have your own sand dollars, you can usually find them at craft stores.To start, turn your sand dollar over and place a dot of hot glue at the top center. Stick one end of your ribbon here.Instead of simply looping the ribbon, flip the other end of the ribbon over before you glue it down. You’ll be left with a “fancy” loop like this (which looks really pretty and helps your ornaments hang straighter.Voila! You’re done. How easy was that? Of course you could hang these ornaments on your regular tree, but mine is actually quite full at the moment. I decided to make my own pseudo-tree/arrangement with a handful of fresh greens. I simply placed a small vase inside a vintage champagne bucket (a thrift score find), filled that with water, and then arranged cut greens inside.
Want to know a secret? This may be my very favorite holiday decorating trick ever…Those greens came from the “trash” bin at the Home Depot tree stand. And they were FREE. When people buy Christmas trees, they always trim branches off the bottom and toss the leftovers into a bin. Yes, the Home Depot guys gave me a funny look when I asked if I could take some, but I have no shame. I love fresh greens, and I cannot lie. Not only do they add great color, but they smell lovely and look so much nicer than the fake stuff.
You can see last year’s Christmas home tour HERE. For more Christmas-y posts, don’t miss: