I am so so excited to be participating in this year’s Home for Christmas blog hop hosted by CountryLiving.com and Hometalk.com. I was tasked with creating amazing Christmas decor and I can think of nothing more amazing in my house than my Coastal Christmas Tree.
Coastal Christmas Tree
Our dream was to live at the beach and it took us a LONG time to get here. We thought that we would never be able to live at the beach because beach town are usually way out of our price range. But we found Wilmington, NC and my husband’s company actually had a office there. A job opening came up and we jumped on the chance to get out of the snowy winters in Maryland. We love it here and never plan on leaving. We spend almost every weekend during the summer on the sand and we take pictures there every Christmas Eve and send them to our friends who are snowed in up North 🙂 Our house is decorated in a coastal theme so we chose to go with a coastal themed Christmas tree this year.
When I was unpacking our ornaments, I found some blue, silver and white balls that I had purchased after Christmas last year and totally forgot about. Don’t you love it when that happens? In addition to the balls, we covered the tree with seashells, starfish, oyster shells and seaglass ornaments.
For the seashell and oyster ornaments, we went down to the beach one afternoon and hit the motherload. Seriously, I had never seen so many big intact shells. It was such a great seashell hunting afternoon and we even found a starfish! If you don’t have access to seashells, you can purchase some here. (affiliate link). All we did to convert the shells into ornaments was to spray them with flat white spray paint (affiliate link), drill a couple holes and thread some twine through the holes.
We also had some sentimental beach themed ornaments that we had purchased on our beach vacations (before we lived here). I love this little Santa in a lifeguard chair that we got on a trip to the Outer Banks.
We purchased the starfish from Michaels and also used burlap for our garland.
Here is the tree with our Christmas mantel decor. Can you spot the homemade ornament (from wrapping paper) that my son made?
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Your tree is so beautiful. You must love the ocean. LOL, It’s beautiful and I love the idea of using the seashells.
Thank you so much, Vanessa! Yes, we absolutely love the ocean and love how the tree turned out.
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
Love all the elements in your coastal Christmas tree! The Santa lifeguard ornament is adorable too. Pinned to share 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting and pinning, Marie!
What a beautiful tree! Love the pops of blue.
Thank you, Pamela! Blue is my favorite color and I was very excited to get to use it on this tree.
Tami @ Curb Alert! says
Finally decorating my tree today and looking around for some inspiration! Your turned out lovely. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Malisha Mishel says
It’s a great DIY idea! The Coastal Christmas Tree is looking pretty! Hope I got it and will make perfectly like yours for the next Christmas! Thanks, Kelly for sharing such a wonderful idea with us! 🙂
Holly Jones says
Where did you get your ball ornaments? beautiful free
Hi Holly! I think I got them at Target.
Holly Jones says
What burlap ribbon or garland did you buy from Michaels?
I just looked for the widest burlap I could find.