‘Tis the Season
December is almost here and Christmas crafts are among us! I wanted to start off the season with something a little different. Because I love the beach, I decided to create a coastal Christmas tree. It is different from the traditional red and green, where as this tree is going to focus more on blue and grey. I love thinking outside of the box and using my creativity to create something brand new. It is perfect for any beach lover and a great addition to your Christmas decorations! As always, I try to make all of my crafts easy to make and affordable for everyone. This craft is no exception and it really brought a smile to my face when I was making it.
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Styrofoam Block
- Mini Assorted Seashells
- 3mm Pearl Beads
- Artist Brush
- Folkart Metallic Ice Blue
- Small Christmas Tree
- Silver Iridescent Foam Balls
- Ocean Creature Charms
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Whenever you are doing crafts, you want to get all of the painting out of the way first. Since paint takes time to dry, it is best to get those steps out of the way first. I grabbed my Silver Iridescent Foam Balls, my toothpicks, and my Styrofoam block. I stuck one end of the toothpick into the foam ball and then stuck the other end into the styrofoam block. This will make painting the foam balls easier since you do not have to hold them. Once, the toothpicks were all in the styrofoam block, I grabbed an artist brush and Folkart Metallic Ice Blue and started painting the small foam balls.
After I painted them in Folkart Metallic Ice Blue, I set them aside to dry completely. While the foam balls were drying, I grabbed my silver tree and my mini seashells. I started decorating my tree by hot gluing the small seashells in various spots around the tree. When I glued a mini seashell onto the tree, I held it in place until the glue dried and then removed any excess glue to make sure the tree stayed clean-looking. You want to be sure to decorate the entire tree, front and back, to be sure it stays even and does not end up too heavy on one side.
By the time I got all of the mini seashells glued onto the tree, the foam balls had finished drying completely. I carefully removed all of them from the toothpicks and began gluing them on the tree. One by one, I held them in place until the glue was dry once again trimming off any excess. I repeated the same process with my mini ocean creature charms and carefully looked at my tree when I was finished, making sure there were not hot glue strings hanging anywhere on the tree.
Lastly, I had to glue on the beautiful pearls I had found. I placed a bead of glue on the bottom of the pearls and placed them in various spots around the tree, being sure to space things out and cover the whole thing. I took one final look around my entire tree and cleaned up any strings I may have missed before setting my tree down and taking in the final product.
I was truly happy with what I had created and added it to my home décor. It is perfectly beachy and fit in well with all of the decorations around my house. This was such a simple project, yet it came out beautiful and can be used for any time of the year really.
You can watch me create this coastal Christmas tree if you need a more thorough step-by-step process on my Facebook page. I am live on Facebook most nights of the week, always creating different and new crafts.
Please remember to be careful when crafting with sharp or hot objects seeing as they can be dangerous if not used properly!