2015 Ornament Exchange

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.

2015 Ornament Exchange Day 12My 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 Ornaments

DIY Glittered Star Fish Ornaments Click to Tweet

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!

Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornament


  • Starfish
  • Mod Podge (gloss)
  • Paint brush
  • Fine glitter (your choice of color)
  • Hot glue gun/glue stick
  • Fishing line
  • Twine
  • Paper x 4


Clean starfish

Step 1: To clean the starfish, dry brush off any dust.

Apply Glitter to Starfish

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.

Back of glitter starfish ornament

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.

Seal coastal glitter starfish ornament

Step 6: Coat the entire ornament with Mod Podge to seal the glitter. Hang and let dry.

Twine bow

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.

Coastal Glitter Starfish Ornament

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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Hi Erlene,

    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.


  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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 😉

  7. 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!!