Thursday, November 16, 2017

Coastal Ornament Tutorial and Ornament Exchange!

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

My partner this year was Pamela Smith. She blogs at Home on the Corner. It is a delightful blog full of great ideas for your home.  Pamela's Christmas tree has a beachy theme, with coastal colors of white, turquoise, blues and greens. I knew I wanted to make her something with seashells, and then I saw it!
"Friends are like the seashells we gather along the way."

I knew I had to find a way to incorporate that beautiful quote into an ornament. I have a friend who cuts vinyl and then we were off and running!


Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

To make this adorable ornament yourself, here's what I did.



1.  I purchased an empty, clear, ball ornament.  I removed the top and washed it with hot, soapy water and let it dry, upside down, on a towel.

2 . I ordered the quote from a friend who cuts vinyl.  However, a person who does handwriting could easily use a permanent marker and write this quote on the ornament. My friend placed the letters on the ornament for me.


4.  I mixed sand with a little glitter and poured it into the ornament by forming a paper cone and pouring the sand into the open ornament.  Then I added seashells I had gathered into the ornament.  I fastened the top back on.

5.  I next created a little tag and then hot glued some twine around the top. I tied the tag on with some extra twine.



There you go!  Isn't this the cutest?


The best part, though, is making new blogging friends along the way. Pam and I share a lot of common interests and I truly love her blog!  Go and check her ornament that she made for me, here.


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.



24 comments:

  1. Gah - I love it. I am all about coastal decor (because I live on the coast and it's everywhere)! Ornament exchanges are so much fun.

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  2. I love this so much! I love the idea of an ornament exchange. This is a great tutorial.

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  3. I love this so much! I love seeing all the different ideas and maybe I will have to try some of these!

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  4. This has inspired me to make an ornament like this! I have pretty much everything BUT the ornaments!

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  5. Those ornaments are all outstanding and hand made. I liked your sea/beach ornament and it is great way to share ornamens and make friends.

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  6. This looks like a gorgeous gift to give your friends and I think it's extra cool because you made it! I'll have to give it a go! You've got me in the festive spirit!

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  7. What a fun idea! I love homemade Christmas ornaments. I made some last year out of little wooden coasters, now to find where I put them so I can hang them up on my tree for this year.

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  8. These are really lovely ornaments. I like the one that you featured the most. It reminds me so much of home and how the beaches are there!

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  9. You're right, your ornament and mine are similar. It just shows that great minds think alike...lol.

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  10. That is adorable and I love that saying! Pinned.

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  11. This is so lovely and thoughtful.. I absolutely love it!! You did a great job #2017OrnamentExchange

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  12. Such a fabulous round up of gifts. It is so nice to have a exchange of ornaments.

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  13. I love everything beach décor! The ornaments with the sea shells are super cute!

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  14. Thanks again Terri, for the wonderful ornament! I have it hanging on my tree!

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  15. So many beautiful ornaments. I really love the beachy theme, it's not something you see all the time, which makes it so unique.

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  16. What a fun idea to make ornaments for each other. The homemade and personal touches will makes these treasured pieces for years to come.

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  17. What a fun thing to do!! I love the personal feeling and the craft time around christmas!

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  18. This is definitely something I think we could do after Thanksgiving dinner this week with the rest of the entire family. Thank you for the steps.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  19. Such a fun ornament! We visit a favorite beach in California often and would love to make something similar.

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  20. I love the inspiration saying and how it inspired you to create a fantastic ornament. It is truly a lovely gift.

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  21. That is such a great quote and I love how you incorporated it into the ornament you made for your partner. I'm sure she'll treasure it for years to come.

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  22. I adore beach ornaments, but you have lifted it to a whole new level with your thoughtfulness. I'm sure your partner will be so thrilled to remember this swap every year her ornament comes out for her tree.

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  23. That is such a perfect quote for the ornament you created! It turned out beautifully!

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  24. That is such a beautiful ornament. It would be great for every vacation to commemorate!

    I love all the ideas I get from the Ornament Exchange :)

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