Easy Coastal Inspired Ornaments

All week long I’ve been sharing simple last minute ideas and tips to help make your holiday season a little bit easier. That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post. I’m teaming up with a great group of ladies for Day Two of the DIY Ornament Blog Hop. I know a lot of you are getting into the Christmas spirit searching Pinterest for just the right recipe and maybe even bringing decorations down from the attic. I’ve been doing the same things too. Bring on the tiny marshmallows!

DIY Christmas Ornament Blog Hop

Thanksgiving is always a fun time given I take an extra long weekend to be with my big farm family. We sit around crafting ornaments, wrapping presents, playing Christmas music, eating snickerdoodles and laughing. It’s a weekend filled with just being together and that’s what this season is all about.

The ornament I’m sharing with you today is so easy it almost doesn’t even need instructions. I live on the coast of Florida and it’s nice to be able to walk the beaches whenever it strikes my fancy. I’m always bringing home shells or bits of sea glass so this year, I decided to put those treasures in a coastal inspired ornament. You’ll need these items to get you started…

Clear ornaments
Shells or sea glass
Cardstock in coastal colors
Tag punch or store bought tags
Single hole punch


The first step is to carefully remove the stem from the ornament. The edges from the stem will be sharp so use caution and common sense when doing this step.


Next take bits of sea glass and start filling the ornament. I usually fill less than half way. You don’t want the ornament to be too heavy and fall off the tree.


Once you have the sea glass in the ornament place the stem back inside the ornament. Again, the stem will be sharp so do this with caution and common sense.


Now that the stem and ornament are secure, use a piece of raffia to create a hanger for the ornament. You can leave it plain


or you can add a tag from a family vacation, your favorite beach, word of the year or whatever you like.


So simple, right?

Easy Coastal Inspired Ornaments - The Crowned Goat

If you have more shells than sea glass, consider this option…



Even if you don’t live at the beach you can still make these ornaments awesome by filling them with confetti, ribbons, acorns, bits of pine or cedar, craft store jewels, faux candy like gum drops – the possibilities are endless.


For more DIY Ornament Blog Hop inspiration check out these awesome ladies:

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My Creative Days

Patina Paradise

Leaves and Stitches

The Flamingo Chronicals

The Crowned Goat

Life on Deer Run

Lehman Lane

Eclectic Soapbox

I hope you guys all have a happy and relaxing weekend. See you on Facebook , on Instagram and on Pinterest over the weekend and back here on Monday for the Something to Talk About Link Party!

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – we LOVE this coastal ornament! It is perfect as a beach vacation memento. You’re right – the possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with the DIY Ornament Hop! Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

    1. Anna Maria here we come! Thanks so much for putting all of this together. You girls are the best! Hugs, CoCo

  2. OH my gosh, Coco, I love this idea so much! We have shells and sand from family vacations, and I would have never thought to make ornaments out of them! It took your creative Florida girl brain to inspire me! Have a great weekend, my friend!

    1. Thank you bunches, Kimm! I’m still not over your amazing tile ornaments. That was epic! Hope your day is a fun one, enjoy your family! Hugs, CoCo

  3. What a great idea. These are so pretty and will remind us all about the beautiful sunshine and warm weather this Christmas season. We are supposed to get 9″ of snow tonight in Iowa ! EEK ! I am not ready!

    1. Oh my word, Lindsay, I can’t even imagine weather that cold. I was looking for my sweaters when it got down to 60 this week 🙂 It’s hard when you’re used to living in flip flops all the time. Hope you have a fun holiday with your family, CoCo

  4. How pretty CoCo! I’ve been debating ornaments too! I love this idea and you know I have tons of shells stuffed in boxes and bags. I can’t decide if I want to do a coastal tree this year or stick to a more traditional look. Maybe I’ll just have to do two trees. Ha! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I saw bits of your coastal tree on Instagram, Nancy, it’s going to be so beautiful! Hugs, CoCo

  5. You’re the second ornie review and I love this one too. 14 more to go over the weekend, looking forward to it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Mary Beth! They are so easy to make! Hugs, CoCo

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE Seaglass. My mother in law and father in law have traveled to Hawaii many times and have tons of seaglass just sitting in zip lock bags. This would be a perfect option to utilize their collection for people to see. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Oh my gosh, Jennifer, I can’t imagine finding zip lock bags full of sea glass. I bet that is so gorgeous! Have an awesome day, Coco

  7. Your Thanksgiving with your family sounds wonderful CoCo! I laughed with your comment about tiny marshmallows because I just bought 3 bags yesterday!!! Your ornaments are perfect. Simply Beautiful1 I wish I could find more sea glass on the Jersey shore. You have to get up at dawn just to find one:). I hope you have a fabulous weekend and Thanksgiving. Take care, Tara

    1. I appreciate it, Tara, thank you! We find the most sea glass after a bad storm or right after a hurricane. I’m totally with you though, it gets harder and harder to find. Have an awesome holiday weekend, CoCo

  8. Love the coastal theme CoCo! The colors are just so pretty! I wish I could spend my holidays in a warm climate!
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! I think of you when I’m walking around in flip flops. It’s been in the 60s here lately though and you know what that means…sweater weather for the natives ha ha 🙂

  9. You are speaking my love language Coco! You know how much I adore coastal anything, and these are no exception! I feel the pull to make some for myself right now, even though I’m not doing a coastal theme this year. You can bet when I do though, I’ll be using some of these for my tree! Thanks so much for sharing your idea!

    1. You’re sweet, Iris, thank you! I’m pretty sure you’re the Queen of Coastal Chic so I’ll take your compliments with pride 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

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