DIY: Coastal Christmas!

While I was in the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving we had plenty of time to comb the beach for good looking sea shells. I kept my eyes out for shells that would make pretty Christmas tree ornaments and that already had holes in the top for string. Tall man and I will have our first tree together this year and since we spent Thanksgiving on the beach I think a “Coastal Christmas” theme is fitting! 

We stopped at Michaels today and I picked up some thin decorative ribbon for the smaller shells and a thicker ribbon for the larger ones. (I choose red and gold as our tree colors this year.) I also picked up some antique gold spray paint for some of the shells. While I was spraying them I remembered some old decorative vases I had from my old apartment that don’t match anything in the new place (they are pink and turquoise). Spray paint is an easy way to spruce up old decorations. They are perfect for the bedroom now!

SeaShells from the SeaShore
I spray-painted on the back porch on top of old paper bags from the grocery store
Be-careful not to breath in the paint. Also it’s not necessary to spray directly over the shells, just mist them for a second or two.

P.S. After browsing around Michaels I will never again buy home decor from any other store. I found a fake ficus tree for our living room for $39.00. The ones I had my eye on at World Market or Pier One were over $100. They also have tons of silk flowers and vases that are perfect DIY projects!

3 Responses to “DIY: Coastal Christmas!”

  1. Ashley posted on November 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm (#)

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Blog! And I Love you too!

  2. Michelle O posted on November 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm (#)

    Yay! Love you too xoxox Miss you

  3. Jenny Eisen posted on December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm (#)

    I love it! I wish I could decorate for x mas! Hahahaha. While I can’t do christmas I have decided to do some holiday decorating when I have some time.

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