Thursday, December 23, 2010

coastal christmas ~ pt two

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!!


Michaela said...

What an awesome idea, Jenna! I love it. They turned out great and your tree is beautiful (:

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

You did a great job, I love your finished product. I used to make dough art ornaments by the ton and give them away as gifts. I hadn't thought of it in years. I'm back on now though! I think I'll start making them throughout the year for next year. I have a great dough art recipe and after they're done I dip them in shellac and hang to dry. They are all shiny and long lasting that way. I still have some from 15 years ago!

Mai-Brit @ thisfulllife said...

I think your tree is beautiful and your homemade ornaments are adorable. Best wishes for a wonderful Chistmas!

Amy said...

Your tree is beautiful! And I'm looking for you a seahorse ornament like mine! I'm keeping you in mind ;)
Ps. Look at my post from today, there's this series of lights I saw last night that reminded me of you!
Happy Christmas to you darling!

Rebekah said...

I love your tree. So unique!

I've never thought about making ornaments, but that would be so fun! Is there a recipe that you use?

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Chrissy said...

Jenna, your tree is beautiful! And those selfmade ornaments are precious!

Your package is on it's way!

Merry Christmas friend!!

Ally said...

Your tree is just stunning!! Love it! Happy holidays :)

Rach said...

I love that you made your own ornaments! They are beautiful. I love that you went with a coastal theme, it is just gorgeous.

Things to Do said...

The seahorse ornaments are awesome! I totally want to make these next year!

Laura Wynn said...

aw, it all looks so great! Especially love those sea horses. :)

Kimbirdy said...

wow, what a crafty lady! your tree and all those ornaments you made look awesome! and don't worry about the bone - bones in real life are sort of weird shapes anyway.

i hope you have the BEST christmas ever!

ABIGAIL NY said...

Great job! Love it!

Cindy Whitehead said...

I love your ornaments and your tree looks gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you Jenna!