Nautical Inspired Seashell Ornament

Good morning! Welcome to the 2019 Ornament Exchange! I’m so excited to be participating again this year! It’s such a great way to find other bloggers and some new friends. Thank you Erlene for putting this all together! Look at all these great ideas! You can click here to go back to the blog hop and link up your own ornaments!

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This year I was partnered with Morgan from Charleston Crafted.  She has some of the cutest ideas and the cutest little boy! I love her style and enjoy following all the diy’s her and her husband work on. Please go over and take a look at her blog!

Morgan enjoys the coastal style just like I do, so making her an ornament for her Christmas tree was easy! I started our with these clear ornaments. I found the smaller ones at the Dollar tree and loved the swirly design.

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I bought some glittery paint to add to the ornaments. I knew these would be the perfect colors for Morgan.

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I practiced making dots first on a piece of paper. I didn’t want to mess up the ornaments!

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I used a cup to balance the ornament on and once one side was dry, I turned the ornament to paint the other side.

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While the paint was drying, I made bows for the top of each ornament. I learned to make bows years ago when I took some florist classes. They aren’t too difficult, but do take a little bit of practice. If you want really nice looking bow, use wired ribbon. It makes any bow look perfect! Here are the steps for making your own bow:

!. Start with a small loop of ribbon. This will be the center of your bow.

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2. Twist the long piece of the ribbon on the back of the loop.

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3. Taking the long piece, twist the ribbon into another longer loop on one side. When you bring it back to the middle, twist it again and make a loop on the other side.

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4. Keep making loops on each side of the center loop and keep twisting the ribbon on the back.

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5. Once you have as many loops as you want on each side, make one more loop around the bottom. You can also leave extra so you will have 3 tails on the bottom.

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6. Cut a small piece of wire (easier done before you start :)), slide half the wire through the middle loop.

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7. This part takes a little practice. The wire should go between your two first fingers and them squeeze the two ends of the wire together under the loop.

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8. Once the wire is together, twist it tightly around to secure the bow.

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Fluff up each loop and cut the long tail loop and you have a bow! Did you know if you cut ribbon on a diagonal, it won’t fray?

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Here is a video too that might make it a little easier to understand.

I used silver and gold ribbon, tied them into bows and glued them to the top of each ornament. I also glued some seashells onto the ribbon, just to make it look more coastal.

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They look so pretty when they sparkle with the lights from the tree.

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Since the ornaments were a little hard to see on a white tree, I took a few pictures with green pine too.

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I loved making these and I think they turned out so good. Thank you Morgan for your ornament too! I will be sharing it soon! Be sure to go back and link up your ornaments too. I would love to see them! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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Seashell and Driftwood Ornament

Good morning! I have an exciting post today! I am taking part in MyPinterventures Ornament Exchange! (Thanks Erlene!) I believe this is the 4th year I have participated in the exchange and it’s fun to see what all the other bloggers come up with for their ornaments and see what your partner made for you!

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I was partnered with Michelle from Coastal Bohemian. Of course, coastal always works for me! I picked up the driftwood from the beach this past summer and I bought the small seashells ($2.99) and charms ($1.99) from Michaels. I already had the pretty string from another project. Other than those pieces, I just needed my drill and my hot glue gun.

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I started out by drilling a hole in the top of each piece of driftwood, so there would be a place for the string. This was pretty easy since the wood is so soft.

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I picked which charms I wanted to use and snipped off the ring at the top with wire cutters. I used hot glue to attach it to the driftwood.

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I played around with different placement of the seashells, trying out different colors and sizes. Once I was happy with it, I hot glued them into place.

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The last step was to tie a piece of string through the hole so it could hang from the tree.

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They turned out so pretty! I’m going to make a couple of extra for my own tree too.

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I hope Michelle enjoys hanging these on her tree as much as I enjoyed making them.

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The pretty colors and seashells immediately take me back to the beach.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you take time to go visit the other bloggers and see their ornaments too! If you would like to add your ornament how-to to the link party, go here.

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Star Wire Ornament

Hello everyone!  Here is a post from last year. Hope you enjoy!

This is a super simple project that my mom and I put together with the short amount of free time that we have had.  Hope that you enjoy!

First of all, gather your supplies. You will need 2 gauges of wire, 20-24 gauge and a thicker one, around 18 gauge. You also need your cookie cutter and wire cutters.

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Start by making a loop at the end of the thicker wire. I used a pencil and wrapped around it. Secure the end by wrapping it back around the wire.

Star Wire Loop Ornament Christmas 2016

Now you can wrap the wire around the cookie cutter. I ended up wrapping twice, just to make it stronger, but once will probably be enough. You want to be able to push it into the corners and around edges.

Star Wire Wrap Christmas Ornament 2016

Once it is wrapped, secure it by wrapping around the part where the loop is. Then you can remove it from the cookie cutter. Cut off any excess with the wire cutters.

Star Wire Outline Christmas Ornament 2016

Now for the fun part! Start wrapping wire around the star shape. This is where you use the thinner wire. I just kept wrapping around all different ways until I felt like it was finished.

Star Wire Wrapping Christmas Ornament 2016

This will look so pretty on the tree! You could pick different colored wire too, like copper or gold.  I tied a sheer white ribbon around the top. I did try with with a heart shape too, but it didn’t have enough edges to keep the wire in place. Too bad, because it would have looked really cute :(.

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Aren’t these cute?  They are so simple and are a quick and easy project.  Hope that you all have a wonderful week before Christmas!

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2017 ORNAMENT EXCHANGE-FROM URCHIN TO JELLY-FISH

  1. Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

My partner this year is Terri Steffes. She has been married for 40 years!  She has one daughter and two dogs (she would love to have a cat).  I was excited to find out that she is a retired school principal who started out as a preschool teacher, just like me! She loves to read, write, decorate, travel, cook and entertain. We have a lot in common! She actually has 2 blogs, ChristmasTreeLane.blogspot.com and terristeffes.com. I can barely keep up with one! She also likes coastal decor for her Christmas tree like I do, so this was an easy one for me!

You can find all the participants and links to their blogs below. Also, if you would like to join the link-up, there is a button at the bottom to join in the fun!

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


When I found out that Terri liked coastal decorations like I do, I was very excited! I had an idea for some ornaments I wanted to make and now I could make them for someone else too! I love creating special gifts for others. I already had the sea urchins and I found the embellishments at Michaels. They were on clearance, so I was able to create these very reasonably. I did find sea urchin for sale on Amazon and Etsy and online at Jo-Ann’s. There were even some pink ones, which would look very cool too.

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Since my sea urchins came from the California coast, I made sure they were clean before starting. 🙂

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I took a small piece of white ribbon, folded it and hot glued it into the small hole on top of the urchin.

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I put the ribbon on before the glitter, so that I would have something to hold onto while gluing and glittering. I brushed regular Elmer’s glue all over the urchin and sprinkled on the glitter. I used in iridescent glitter, but you could use other colors too. I made sure to rub it all over the shell. I had a hard time showing you how glittery they are, but they look so nice.

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I love the purple one!

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Here are the embellishments I found. I didn’t end up using everything, mainly just the different ribbons. I did add some small beads to some of them with some beads I already had on hand.

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I cut each type of ribbon into small lengths and then hot-glued them, in the middle, on top of each other, one at a time. Now I had 6 ends hanging down. I made two sets for each urchin.

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Once the pieces were glued together, I hot-glued them into the bottom of the urchin, pushing them way up inside using a pencil so I didn’t burn my fingers.

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Ready to hang on the tree!

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You can see some of the turquoise beads I used on this one.

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I also glued some individual beads onto the white ribbon.

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I love how the tails turned sea urchins into jelly-fish!

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I’m so glad I had the opportunity to make these for my new blogger friend, Terri! Thanks to Erlene, from My Pinterventures, for hosting another year of Ornament Exchange! Remember to check out all the other ornaments below! Have fun creating!


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.

Glittering Silver Sequin Ornament

Happy Monday before Thanksgiving! It hardly seems possible that it is already here. We will have a Thanksgiving ‘Feast’ at the preschool on Wednesday and then be off for the rest of the weekend. The kids are already all wound up for the holiday, so it will be nice to have a few days to relax. And, no move yet :(. We were really hoping to have the house and start doing a little bit of work on it, but it doesn’t look like it is going to happen.

I do have another ornament for you today. I know a lot of people already have their tree up and ready! So here is sparkly ornament to add to it!

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Your supplies are very minimal for this ornament. A styrofoam ball- as small or big as you want, some sequins-any colors, and some sequin pins. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. Then just start pinning! I chose silver and a little bit of turquoise.

Sequin Christmas Ornament Supplies

Lauren decided to use some beads that we already had and to make a design.  I would have bought longer pins if I knew she wanted to use beads. But, of course, she had to be different!

Sequin Beaded Christmas Ornament

Here it is part way done. I won’t kid you. This takes awhile! I just kept it by my computer and worked on it a little each day. First I added all the silver and then filled in a few places with the turquoise.

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That’s it! Pretty simple but it will add a lot of sparkle to your tree!

Sequin Ornament on the tree

I love how it turned out! Have you made any simple ornaments for Christmas? I always love looking at others’ handmade crafts. Thanks for stopping by today!

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