As I spoke about in a previous post, the children are given a new ornament each year. I try to buy the ornaments while on our summer vacations, but to be honest that is hard to do sometimes. If I was content with buying a mass produced ornament at a big box store it would be easy- but I am not. I want ornaments that tie into our trip and experiences in some way. Then I discovered clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby. Now, I can use all the shells, sand, leaves, twigs, and such to create ornaments.
This years ornaments have a beach theme as our trip was to Galveston Island.
What you will need:
- Clear glass ornaments from a craft store
- Filling for the balls- sand, shells, drift wood, sea glass, etc.
- Embellishments of you choice- I used metal letters, glitter and jingle bells
- Modge Podge
Step 1: pour sand in the ornament
Step 2: place the larger items in the ball- I started with the drift wood. As the pieces we brought home were large, I broke off small pieces that would fit.
Step 3: add shells & rocks- obviously not a lot of the shells will fit through the hole at the top, but you can collect enough to do the ornaments. This is a good use for the pieces of sand dollars and mother of pearl that you find.
Step 6- put it all together. I added a jingle bell with fishing line to the ornaments as well. You can tuck the ribbon and fishing line into the hole of the ornament then press the metal hanger and cap back into place and this will hold it all together.