Coastal DIY – Christmas Decor

BRV-18-291-Christmas-FB-18The beginning of the Christmas season is always full of excitement and nostalgia. That moment when you get to pull out your decorations and ornaments brings back all the memories of when you made that ornament or bought that decoration while on vacation. Well, we are all about a good DIY project and what better way to remember all the vacation moments from your last beach getaway than by making a coastal ornament to hang on your tree every year!

We’ve shared with you before how much we love decorating with oyster shells and we are going to repurpose them again into Christmas décor! There’s so much you can do to make these gorgeous shells into seasonal tinsel. If you are super artistic, you can paint a Santa face on one side of the shell to make an awesome ornament. You can even just paint them a solid color on the back so that they match your chosen tree ornament colors and use them throughout as accent ornaments. You can even use them intertwined with your garland as a beachy accent.

We are choosing to make ornaments and this is an easy one! All you need are some of those pretty shells (cleaned), paint (optional), mod podge, sponge brush, a map printed on regular printer paper and a drill will a very small drill bit. Follow the next steps to complete a beautiful ornament:
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Step 1: You’ll want to clean the surface of the inside of the oyster shell. Soap and water will do then let dry. You may even want to rub over the inside with alcohol to remove any residue.

Step 2: Print a map of either Gulf Shores or Orange Beach from your computer onto regular printer paper. If you are using an inkjet printer, you’ll want to paint some of the mod podge on both sides of the paper and let dry to seal in those colors.

Step 3: Cut out the section of the map you want to go inside the shell for display.

Step 4: Paint on a layer of mod podge to your shell

Step 5: Paint a layer of mod podge to the back of your printed map

Step 6: Place your map onto your shell. Starting in the middle of the map, use your finger to press down the map working outwards. This is the best way to smooth out wrinkles and get rid of bubbles.

Step 7: Allow the mod podge to dry for at least 15-20 minutes indoors away from dust.

Step 8: You’ll want to apply 2-3 more coats of mod podge to finish this.

Step 9: Let dry for at least 24 hours. Follow directions on your specific mod podge container for this step.

Step 10: (optional) You may want to finish your shell with an acrylic sealer for added durability.

Step 11: with the smallest drill bit, drill a small hole into the top of your shell. From here you can thread ribbon or an ornament hook through.

The last step is adding this special keepsake to your tree this year! We all know those beach memories are some of the best memories and you’ll be able to keep those memories alive throughout the Christmas season this year! Be sure to share your creations with us online by using the hashtag #BRVacations. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next family getaway!