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Coastal-Themed Christmas Tree

See how we decorated a Christmas tree in a coastal theme.


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    •'s Coastal Tree

      Calm ocean blues and greens are punctuated with glittery garlands of leafy kelp and underwater ferns on this coastal-inspired tree.

    • Bubbles and Balls

      Large glass ornaments in seafoam green and watery blues help pull together our coastal color scheme. Wired crystal garlands that look a bit like undersea bubbles were cut into 18-inch sections and draped over tree branches.

    • Sea Creatures

      Sparkling white star ornaments stand in for sea creatures.

    • Crystal Tassels

      Hanging crystal tassels take on the look of floating jellyfish amid the branches of glittered vines that we used as kelp.

    • Kelp

      We skipped traditional garland for this tree, opting to cut apart long strands of glittered fronds. These were hung vertically and draped over branches in graceful swirls.

    • Matte and Shiny

      For interest and contrast, we used a mixture of matte, pearlized, and shiny ornaments in three sizes -- medium, large, and oversize.

    • Tree Skirt

      We chose a heavy white "silence cloth" (white felt or fleece could also be used) to cut into a circular shape to use as a tree skirt. Over it we draped a string of cool-burning twinkling icicle lights, then covered everything with two layers of seafoam green tulle, scrunched and draped like ocean froth.

    • Tree Topper

      Unable to find a suitably themed tree topper, we decided to make our own. Starting with a Styrofoam ball, we stuck it with plain wooden skewers (each hot-glued to stay secure). Next we glued leafy fronds to fill in the center. Everything was given several coats of silver metallic paint and glitter spray before being wired to the top of the tree.

    • The Finished Tree

      Here's the stunning result of our labors!

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      Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

      Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornaments on your tree for generations to come, give them as gifts to friends, or use them to amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas.
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