Welcome to the second week of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! I’m so excited to be bringing you over 70 bloggers that are sharing their ornament crafts or special ornament picks with you! It has been amazing to see all the wonderful ideas that have been shared so far and I hope you come back on November 14 to share your ornament tutorial on the 2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party!
The ornament exchange started on November 1 and ends on November 14. If you missed the first week, visit the 2015 Ornament Exchange page to see all of the participants and the links to their ornament posts. You’ll find tons of great ornament tutorials and inspiration ranging from easy to advanced.
Today I’m sharing my ornament creation, along with my fellow ornament exchange buddies.
My Pinterventures – Coastal Glitter Starfish
Inside the Fox Den – DIY Computer Parts Ornament
Simple. Pretty. Life – Cartoon to Classic Ornament
The House Down the Lane – Red and White DIY Ornament
The Chilly Dog – Clay Snowflake OrnamentsDIY Glittered Star Fish Ornaments
Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornaments
I created three Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornaments for Pam over at Home on the Corner. Pam gave me two themes, coastal or farmhouse, with the colors of turquoise, lime green, silver, or neutrals. While I love both themes, I decided to go with a coastal ornament because beachy ornaments remind me of my home state. Plus, who doesn’t love being at the beach?
At first, I thought it would be so easy to create a coastal ornament, but I was soon overwhelmed by too many ideas. Should I go sand in a bottle, seashell angel, or felt sea creature? I can’t even tell you how many coastal themed things ended up in my shopping basket…a lot! Ultimately, I decided to keep things simple and ended up with three plain starfish, twine, and some glitter (glitter makes everything better) to create Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornaments. Creating Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornaments was a great way to combine Pam’s coastal theme with a little farmhouse. I could cover the starfish in cool coastal colored glitter and add a twine bow to give it a farmhouse touch. A win-win!
Fair warning before you start this project – You will be covered in glitter and will probably spread this glitter all over the house. I had to prepare dinner in the middle of my ornament crafting and I’m sure I seasoned it with glitter too. Glittered pork anyone? Okay, enough with the joking. Let’s get to the crafting!
- Mod Podge (gloss)
- Paint brush
- Fine glitter (your choice of color)
- Hot glue gun/glue stick
- Fishing line
- Paper x 4
Step 1: To clean the starfish, dry brush off any dust.
Step 2: In order to keep the glitter colors from mixing, use a single paper for each starfish and a separate paper to dry the glittered starfish. Paint Mod Podge onto the front of the starfish and sprinkle glitter onto the starfish. Let the Mod Podge completely dry – rushing this part can cause you to remove glitter.
Step 3: Depending on how long a hanging loop you like, knot together an 8 or 10 inch length of fishing line. Push the knot into the back of the starfish and pull up until it gets wedged in. Next, place a dab of hot glue on to help keep the loop in place. Let glue dry.
Step 4: Repeat step 2 to the back of the starfish. Touch up any spots that were missed by glitter and let dry. You may have to do several touch ups.
Step 6: Coat the entire ornament with Mod Podge to seal the glitter. Hang and let dry.
Step 7: Make a twine bow. Add Mod Podge to the tips and sprinkle glitter on it. Glue bow to the top of the starfish.
That’s it! Super easy and gorgeous when it hits the light. Seriously, you’ll be mesmerized at how much sparkle these have. My daughter actually wanted to keep these, but I told her these were for Pam. I guess I’ll be headed back to the craft store for more starfish and glitter.
I love these adorable starfish; I have always wanted a coastal ornament tree… in my someday/dream beach house. Pinned.
Erlene, I love these! What a fun way to add some sparkle! Thanks for sharing your wonderful Christmas decorating ideas with us at our Christmas in July Party. They’ve all been pinned.
These arw soooo cute! I ove them! We got some sheels from the beach this summer and I think wanna do this with my daughters 🙂 Thanks for the steps!
These are so pretty and very modern looking. Sometimes it’s nice to change up the color scheme. Blue is my favorite color. Thanks for hosting the ornament exchange.
My daughter is all into anything sealife and would love this ornament. Every year we give or make new ornaments for the kids. The thought is that when they grow up and leave our house, they’ll have a collection of ornaments for their new house and tree.
Nicky, I absolutely love this tradition. I think having these ornaments will remind them of the holidays with you. My mom used to have an ornament business and when she passed the ornaments went to several relatives. This way everyone has something to remind them of my mom.
I shared this with my sister in law who lives by the beach…I hope she’ll mail me some starfish! 🙂
Your starfish ornaments are beautiful enough that I may risk my biggest dread….glitter!!!
Oh Erlene, so so so PRETTY and I love the colors of glitter you used. Really excellent job bringing some seaside sparkle to our holidays! 🙂
I had to visit and see about those star fish! I wasn’t sure if you cast them, bought them or found them.
Wow! I love these ornaments and I love the ornament exchange idea. Heading over to the others to see what great ideas they came up 🙂
Making glitter ornaments seems like a fun project to do with the kids! And a good way to start collecting family treasures for future years.
My girls would LOVE these.
Where would you get these star fish? I know that only dead ones can be legally picked off the beaches, but we are several hundred miles away from any beaches, so would love to have a good source.
By the way – these ornaments are delightful!
I think I bought a three pack of starfish from Michaels crafts. I also found large starfish at Hobby Lobby.
Such fun ornaments. Love the glitter!
My daughters will LOVE this!! Thanks so much for the clear instructions. Sharing! 🙂
Thanks Kelly. My youngest daughter really feel in love with these. The colors actually match the tree in her room and that’s why she wanted to keep these.
These are so pretty, love the coastal theme!
Erlene, Thank you so much for coordinating the ornament exchange! It has been such an inspiration to see everyone’s creations over the last few days. I love your starfish. Getting glitter everywhere while making them is kind of like getting sand everywhere when you visit the beach. It just adds to the whole coastal flavor 😉
Haha. I never thought about that with the glitter. I’ll have to relay this message to my husband, who wasn’t too fond of me getting glitter all over him too 🙂
Oohhh! I love them!!! They are perfect! I can’t wait to put them on my tree and then I can tell everyone how Erlene made me the perfect ornaments!!
Oh gosh, I love these adorable ornaments! If glitter in included, count me in *plus* living as close as we do to the ocean, I love all things that come from the sea! I seriously may need to set up an additional table top tree just so I can deck it out in a coastal theme! Thanks for coordinating this ornament exchange. I couldn’t be happier that I was able to participate. So much fun!!