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.
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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!
- clear glass or plastic ornaments
- shells and glass/sea glass
- craft glue & hot glue
- snow white glitter
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.
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.
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).
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.