This weekend we packed up the boys and dog and made the six hour trek to Norfolk, VA to celebrate my Mom’s 62nd birthday. My parents live in that yellow beauty pictured above which is nestled right on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay. Every summer (like it or not) I invite myself to stay for at least a month of the summer! I think you can see why. I had this idea of making beach ornaments for my mom’s birthday back in July and actually posted about it here.
For this project, you will need some clear glass ornaments (I bought mine at Michaels), some sand, and some sea shells that you painstakingly searched for every morning at low tide for weeks upon weeks. Or of course, you could just go out and buy some shells and not play the part of the martyr, but I think martyrdom makes the gift seem so much more thoughtful, don’t you?
Take your funnel and fill your ornament about 1/3 full with dry sand. You’ll see in a moment why this is so important.
Drop some small shells into the ornament’s opening. If some of them get covered with sand, don’t panic. Just lightly shake the ornament until the shells resurface to the top. They will. Next, grab some driftwood and some washed-up pine cones that surprisingly are on the beach. You don’t usually see pine cones down here. Photo style your picture for your blog and make sure your kids and husband “ruin” the pic for you. Yes, that is my youngest flying upside down in the right-hand corner courtesy of Hubby.
Okay, here you can see why it is very important to make sure your sand is 100% dry. Despite my best efforts to find dry sand, you can see the condensation forming inside the ball.
If you bring your 5 yr old down to the beach and strictly forbid him from getting wet, well, some condesation may just form on him too….despite your best efforts!
With your larger shells, you can make kissing ball ornaments by hot-gluing the shells to styrofoam balls. Just a warning though, these take a LOT of medium sized shells to make.
These ornaments are gorgeous, easy to make, and a great way to add a little “coastal” to your holiday. Please link back to me if you make them, so I can see your beautiful creations!