first up ~ my diy ornaments.
i have a ton of coastal cookie cutters, but i decided i just wanted to do two seahorses (one for the mister & one for me) and a starfish for izzy. *in the end, since i didn't buy izzy a 2010 ornament i also made her a dog bone*
i started out by making the dough, and rolling out just enough for one ornament. it was easier for me to do one at a time so the dough didn't tear when i pulled the pieces out. i was so proud of myself for being resourceful with the next part. :) the instructions said to cut a hole out for your string... and i was SO smart by using a straw to cut out the perfect size circles! yay! after that it was time to bake.
the baking times varied, but when they were done it was time to paint. unfortunately the type suggested by the instructions didn't work, so i ended up spray painting them white. once that dried, i covered them with clear/silver glitter glue.
the final touch was adding the white string, and hanging them on the tree.
they didn't really turn out as "planned", see all the bubbles in the bone? :) but i still had fun anyway.
the other diy ornaments i did, were using materials i already owned. i took different starfish, and added raffia to tie them to the tree. the bottom right picture is of our tree topper, my biggest white starfish :)
i also took some ikea vase fillers, and used some extra ornament strings to hang them.
the final tree looks like... *in case you aren't doing it already, you should be doing the griswold drum roll, thank you for your cooperation* :)
j--o--y to the world....
here are the close ups :)
i'm pretty happy with my coastal tree, and how it all came together considering it was my first time decorating one by myself! i've loved looking at all of your gorgeous decor this week, and i can't wait to finish showing you mine.
still to come of my coastal christmas: stockings, buffet with pine cone forrest, and my holiday card display. :) i was going to put it all in this post, but i have a bazillion things to do today.
i hope you are all having a wonderful week!!