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Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament

I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild and guess what I found this month?! I found glass Christmas bulbs just sitting for me on a shelf at our local Goodwill store and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been dying to make a beach in a glass coastal ornament, so I knew finding this box was meant to be.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament

Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament

Okay, I know it may be a little early for Christmas, but I’ve been wanting to make these beach ornaments ever since I saw this video by Debi’s Design Diary (love her!). We live in the desert and since I can’t get to the beach daily, I’ve been surrounding myself with all things beachy. And this beach in a glass coastal ornament is the perfect way to get my beach fix and create a new ornament for our tree!

Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament


Beach in a glass coastal ornament sand

Beach in a glass Coastal OrnamentPrepare Sand

Mix a bit of sand with glitter and add it into the glass ornament.

Tip: Use fine glitter. I used a chunkier glitter for my first ornament and it tends to stick to the sides of the ornament. Fine glitter does the same but isn’t as noticeable. Also, do not put too much sand in the ornament or it will be too heavy.

Beach in a glass coastal ornament twine

Prepare Twine

Braid about 3ft. of twine and hot glue it to the top of the ornament (cut off the knot). Then, switch to craft glue (sticks better to glass than hot glue) and glue down the rest of the twine until you get the look you like.

Beach in a glass coastal ornament topper

Assemble the Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament

Add glue to the top of the ornament before replacing the topper. Do not skip this as the ornament will have some weight and the topper may pop off without glue. Next, take three pieces of twine and tie onto the topper. Glue seashells to the end of the strings (optional).

Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament slider

Finally, to finish off the topper, I covered the silver topper cap with twine (optional). And now I have a beach in a glass coastal ornament for our tree!

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!

More fun projects can be found on my craft page.

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  1. So pretty! I love the idea of adding glitter to the sand. This would be a wonderful keepsake ornament idea after a family beach trip. Pinned.

  2. Love this! I guess the shells are loose and move around. Do you think the shells can be glued down to the bottom inside of the ornament first, then add the sand? Thank you.

  3. Erlene, these ornaments are beautiful! I always make a few ornaments with things that we have brought back from trips. We are going to Cozumel in 2 weeks so I will pick up some shells.

  4. What a great idea! I purchased three clear ornaments last year and didn’t know what to do with them. We live in South Florida and can get little sand for all four to make this.

  5. This is so cute! I made something similar for my husband this past Christmas for our “first married christmas!” So easy to make!

  6. This is so pretty! We going on our annual shore trip next month and and I’m totally going to grab some sand from the beach to make one of these. It will be a fun way to remember our trip!

  7. What an adorable craft! I would love to make these with the kids and we can use as ornaments for all year round to remind us of the beach – especially in the cold winter!