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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas crafts with seashells’

Christmas Tree by the Sea

Posted by Jody on December 25, 2013

Greg and I spotted this beautiful shades-of-the-sea Christmas tree at the Hotel del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  It was tucked away near the downstairs shops by a little snack bar. I’m so glad we went exploring! This fabulous Christmas tree was chock-full of wonderful ideas for a very crafty new year!

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure doth thou bring me!” ♫

~ O Christmas Tree, Traditional Christmas Carol

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a many, many happy beachy days in the New Year!

~~~

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Seashell Crafting for All Ages!

Posted by Jody on December 4, 2013

Jody:

An oldie but a goodie! :-)

Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:

Crafting with seashells is great fun any time of the year, but during the hectic holidays, setting aside time for making seashell Christmas ornaments with the kids is even better!

Seashell crafting has unlimited possibilities.  When you take out seashells from your last vacation, you bring back those special family memories of times together at the seashore.  By crafting seashell Christmas ornaments, you’ll be making fun new memories to go along with the old, and they are sure to last a lifetime, too!

Seashell Crafting Party

You’ll need those very special seashells, glue (A glue gun works well but requires close adult supervision), old buttons (possibly themed buttons), ribbons, bows, scrap fabric and “this and that” from your crafty drawer.  We picked up some little straw doll hats and googly eyes especially for this seashell crafting party.  All of these things are available at your local craft store, super center, or…

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Mele Kalikimaka lā ‘Oe: A Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches Last-minute Gift Guide

Posted by alainaflute on December 17, 2012

Rock Barnacle Found Beachcombing at Newport, Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

Haven’t finished your shopping yet? You could be cutting it pretty close! Never fear, though, because you can still get or make these fun, beachy gifts before the holiday.

We’ve divided the gifting ideas into two categories: one for people with ready-access to the beach and one for those who live too far away to get there and back before Christmas. Many of these ideas are described in greater detail somewhere else on this website, so I’ve added the links so you can take a closer look!

For those of us living by the beach:

There is still time to make some lovely crafts to give, decorate your tree, or to jazz up your gifts!

1. Find a number of shells (or stones) from the beach that have a hole made by Mother Nature. Thread some ribbon through them for a quick and easy gift decoration or ornament. You could also make a very giftable pendant by this same technique.

A happy (limpet) memory for our Christmas tree!

2. The sea shell salt shaker: always a lovely and thoughtful gift. Head over to your local Target, Walmart, or wherever clear, glass shakers of all sizes are sold. Depending on the yield of your sandy shores, pick an appropriate shaker size for your current collection or head to the beach. Simply scoop up some shells and smooth beach glass! Be extra careful to make sure you only take home shells that have lost their residents. At home, you may want to clean the shells and set them out to dry. Place them piece by piece into the shaker to give it a personal touch. We often cover the top of the glass with plastic wrap before screwing on the cap, or you can cut out a bit of thin card stock, so that the shaker won’t leak shell bits if upturned. Tie a ribbon bow to the top to give it a festive touch!

"On Display" by Jody Diehl

Salt Shakers “On Display”

3. A short while ago, Jody and E.G.D. had a wonderful project of turning large bivalve shells into angels and carolers. Everything you need to know is here.

Seashell Christmas Ornaments (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Seashell Christmas Ornaments (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

4. A fun idea for children to make and give is the classic Beach in a Bottle. This thoughtful and inexpensive gift can stay on Nana’s shelf year-round.

For those of us living far from the sea:

If the receiver of your holiday gift-giving merriment is a fellow beach-lover, then here are some ideas to help share the love for those of us who can’t get to the beach.

1. Cookies! Homemade Christmas goodies always make wonderful gifts. You should be able to find beach-themed cookie cutters at a local cooking store (for us, it’s Now We’re Cooking). You have free rein: the sky is the limit to your creativity! You can decorate gingerbread seashell shapes or simply make a sugar cookie you can decorate with fun, Sunset Tellin seashell colored icing (or any color, for that matter).

Sand Dollar Cookies Heading into the Oven

If you don’t have a specialty store with an extensive cookie cutter selection nearby, you can easily make the “Festive Sand Dollar Cookies” that Jody made last week. We’ve been eating them happily for days!

2. If you’d rather buy than make, that’s perfectly okay! A candle is a  beach-inspired gift you can buy. Yankee Candle makes a variety of beach scents: Beach Walk, Beach Wood, Christmas at the Beach, Coconut Bay, Pink Sands, and Sun & Sand. A plus of going to Yankee Candle is that you can mix and match a dozen votive candles, so you can gift a variety of scents. If you don’t have a Yankee Candle store nearby, you might be able to find what you’re looking for at Cracker Barrel or Kohl’s (they both carry Yankee brand along with other brands). You can also shop online, but it will cost a little more in shipping to have it arrive on time.

3. Give the gift of music this holiday! One way to get into the Christmas spirit is to listen to your holiday favorites. Here are some CDs that remind us of the holidays and the sunny seashore with links to Amazon (only so you can see the album covers, not because we endorse shopping at Amazon).

The Beach Boys: Merry Christmas from The Beach Boys/Christmas with The Beach Boys/The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

From Hawaii: Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas/Kī hō ‘alu Christmas Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar/Hawaiian Style Christmas/Hawaiian Style Christmas 2

Hopefully our list got you thinking of more holiday gift ideas! Please feel free to share them with us in the comment section. We’d love to hear about your last-minute and beachy gifting ideas!

Mele Kalikimaka lā ‘Oe!

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Festive Seashell Caroler and Angel Ornaments

Posted by Jody on December 5, 2012

Easy Christmas Ornaments: Seashell Angels and Carolers

Easy Christmas Ornaments: Seashell Carolers and Angels

Here’s a quick and easy idea for family-time creativity and crafting! Seashell Christmas angels and carolers are just perfect for the Fraser Fir, and they’ll add seaside style when hung on drawer pulls and cabinet knobs for the rest of the year!

Elisa and I had a blast last week putting these little seashell Christmas angel and caroler ornaments together.

List of doodads and tools we used for our evening of holiday fun:
□ seashells: scallops, oysters, cockles, etc.
□ wooden beads
□ 1/8 inch ribbon on spools
□ pipe cleaners
□ pre-made ribbon flowers
□ rickrack
□ glitter and glitter glue
□ buttons of all sizes
□ permanent markers (or craft paints)
□ hot glue gun and glue sticks
□ scissors

~Click on the photos to enlarge and scroll through~

Hairdos and faces were drawn on some of the wooden beads with permanent markers. A few of the angels have glitter glue painted on their seashell skirts. Buttons were used as hats. Halos and arms were made from pipe cleaners. We made our angels’ wings by simply looping the ribbon around a hand a few times and tying the center with a knot.
Just to be sure, a few the of the seashell ornaments were stabilized by hot gluing buttons to the backs of the figures (where the seashells met).

There we have it: festive, fun seashell Christmas ornaments and year-round seashore keepsakes!

Here are a few more ideas for using your beach treasures as Christmas tree ornaments:

Seashell Crafting for All Ages

Shellabrating Christmas in July

Rock Barnacles and Rough Keyhole Limpets: Ready-made Ornaments

Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting from our family to yours!

~~~~~

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Sea Star and Seashell Ornaments – Year Round Treasures

Posted by Jody on December 19, 2011

Sea Star and Seashell Ornament I (©Jody Diehl)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The snow is really coming down in Albuquerque, New Mexico today.  I’ve always heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Although I have never heard it said with authority, I would bet that the same holds true for seashells.

Greg and I found these lovely sea star and seashell ornaments on a Christmas tree at the Hotel Del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  Just like snowflakes, no two were alike!

Sea Star and Seashell Ornament II (©Jody Diehl)

Surely these lovely seashore charms can be used as decorations year round!  They can be hung from ceiling fans and light pulls.  How about using them to adorn a fireplace mantle or perching them on the shelf with your travel books? The possibilities seem endless.

A quick run to the local craft store – if you don’t have these beauties in your beach treasure collection already – and a trusty hot glue gun should do ‘ya .  Simple, fun and festive.  These are great Christmastime and year round decorations.  What a thoughtful holiday gifting idea!

Happy holidays and happy beachcombing to you and yours!

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Seashell Crafting for All Ages!

Posted by Jody on November 22, 2011

Crafting with seashells is great fun any time of the year, but during the hectic holidays, setting aside time for making seashell Christmas ornaments with the kids is even better!

Seashell crafting has unlimited possibilities.  When you take out seashells from your last vacation, you bring back those special family memories of times together at the seashore.  By crafting seashell Christmas ornaments, you’ll be making fun new memories to go along with the old, and they are sure to last a lifetime, too!

Seashell Crafting Party

You’ll need those very special seashells, glue (A glue gun works well but requires close adult supervision), old buttons (possibly themed buttons), ribbons, bows, scrap fabric and “this and that” from your crafty drawer.  We picked up some little straw doll hats and googly eyes especially for this seashell crafting party.  All of these things are available at your local craft store, super center, or fabric store.  They are pretty inexpensive too, when purchased in bulk bags. For that extra special personal touch, be sure to keep in mind the giver’s and receiver’s favorite colors, hobbies, sports, etc.

Now, with  just a little imagination, kids of all ages are ready to create homemade seashell Christmas ornaments for everyone on their list!

You can use a thin Sharpie on an unobtrusive spot for the artist’s name and the year, and you will want to add a  little loop of ribbon to the back/top so you can hang your seashell Christmas ornaments on the tree!

Seashell Ornaments for the Baseball Fan

Top Ten Reasons to Seashell Craft with Kids (Not necessarily in any order!)

1) Seashell crafting with kids brings back happy memories of times together at the seashore.

2) Seashell crafting with kids gives you the chance to make even more fun-filled  family memories!

3) Doing crafts together gives everyone a chance to use his or her imagination. Go crazy, be creative!

3) Crafting with kids gives them a chance to make gifts from the heart – and then give them to others.

4) Hey, you get to set the littlest ones up on your lap.  Enough said!

5) Seashell crafting is something the whole family can do together! It’s a wonderful bonding opportunity.

6) Everyone achieves that sense of accomplishment!  Liam, our almost-4-year-old grandson, couldn’t wait to take some of his special seashell artwork to school for “Show and Tell.”

7) If you are seashell crafting with the kids, you know where they are… and what they are doing.

8) Seashell crafting with kids requires no TV, no computer, and no video screen!

9) It’s so much fun in so many ways! ~ Just saying “googly” seems to crack kids up!

10) After the clean-up:  Hot chocolate and a plate of Christmas cookies to celebrate a job well-done. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

*Please come on back and share your seashell Christmas ornament photos with us! We’d love to see them!*

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Shellebrating Christmas in July!

Posted by Jody on July 28, 2011

Can you believe it?  Christmas ornaments are already popping up in card stores all over the country.  Yep, It’s Christmas in July!

So many touristy areas have Christmas shops that are open year ’round.  We have one here in Historic Old Town Albuquerque and there’s a Christmas shop near the Plaza in Santa Fe too.  We are the kind of travelers who try to go home with a Christmas ornament carefully tucked away in our suitcase, no matter where we visit.  Sure, lots of vacationers do this, but we beachcombers can add our own personal touches to the standard Christmas shop fare and transform these basic store-bought decorations into our very own kitschy little beach treasure mementos.

Kitschy Beach Treasure Ornaments

This is a really easy seashell craft idea for seashell Christmas ornaments.  You don’t need to leave them boxed up in the attic or packed away in the garage, though. We keep these two out all year-long with our “memento tree.” (A little cast iron display “tree” we purchased from Orvis)

“Santa, Buried in the Sand,” was personalized by the addition of little shell pieces that two of my daughters and I found on Daytona Beach, FL.  We were in Florida during college-search-summer for our second daughter. Of course we hit the beach! (She ended up in Tulsa.) “Sand Castle” was given to Greg, by our sweetest-ever four-year old grandson, as a Christmas gift last year.  It’s Oh So Special  because he had decorated the “sand” by gluing on small seashells Greg and I had found on Sanibel Island earlier that December.

FYI:  There are only 150 days until Christmas!

Kitsch you later!  -J-

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