DIY Vacation-Inspired Ornament

Start laughing now. Because I’m about to share with you how to make your own Christmas ornament.

Yes, I know that Christmas was over a week ago. Yes, I know you already have your tree down and your ornaments packed away safely. Yes, I know that you probably don’t want to think about Christmas, especially about making an ornament, for about 10 more months. At least.

But I’m going to talk about it anyways.

We were fortunate enough to go on vacation this year. Remember how I yammered on about our trip to Destin and how amazing it was? The white sandy beaches? The warm water? The sun?


Well I made an ornament to remember the trip by… 4 months after we went. I really was being sweet and wanted to do this project with my sis-in-law who joined us on our trip with her hubby (my brother). So on New Year’s day y’all, we made these ornaments.

ornament photo

Here’s what you need:

ornament supplies

  • Clear ornament globe (I got mine from WalMart for 88 cents. It’s the smaller of the two options)
  • Mod Podge (we started with Tacky Glue as pictured above and it was too thick)
  • Small paint brush
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Fine-tip sharpie
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Sand and sea shells

Step 1: Remove the top of the ornament. Use your small paint brush to apply Mod Podge to the inside of the globe in a somewhat-but-not-perfectionist style. Remember, this is the beach! 

IMG_0141This was the first layer and it was too thin. It didn’t adhere as much sand as I wanted…IMG_0142IMG_2216 So I globbed more Mod Podge on top of it. A lot. Tip: Really glob on the paint thick so that a lot of sand will stick.

Step 2: Sprinkle a little sand into the ornament and gently shake it around so it coats all the glue. I had a lot of glue pool in the bottom and had to remove some because it looked lumpy. Let your sand/glue combo dry….

IMG_0154Step 3: Write your destination and year on a piece of grosgrain ribbon with your Sharpie. Tip: It will bleed so write quickly and don’t press too hard!IMG_0148Step 4: Hot glue the end of the ribbon to the inside of the ornament topper along the outer edge so the ribbon will lay along the outside of the ornament.

IMG_0150Like this.

IMG_0151Step 5: After the Mod Podge has dried (I left it all afternoon since it was so thick), drop your seashells in. Replace the top. And enjoy!IMG_0205This project was really simple, cost less than $1, and had me reminiscing about our times lying in the sun relaxing.IMG_0196This cold weather especially makes me want to go back!

So yes, I did post about how to make a Christmas ornament in January. But in case you have sand and shells laying around in a drink bottle like I did and can grab one of these ornaments on clearance, you are set.ornament photoOr else, I’ll post this again…. In December.


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