Making a Vacation Memory Christmas Ornament

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Being that I bought a few boxes of clear ornaments on sale last year, I decided to get crafty and make a DIY memory Christmas ornament. I love the idea of memorializing a trip we took and incorporating it into the holiday season.

Using sand from a vacation for a Christmas ornament

All that you will need for this project is a glass ball ornament, paint (I had both glass paint and puffy paint, but ended up only using the puffy paint on this one) and your memory item that you plan on putting inside the ornament.

diy christmas ornament

For me, the memory item was sand and shells collected from the beach in Maui just outside our condo during our Honeymoon.  I even found that great 1/2 a coconut on the beach and used it to keep the sand in on the way home inside a Ziploc bag.  Someday I will find a used for the coconut too.

Using sand for a Christmas ornament

To start off with this project I needed a funnel.  Unfortunately I do not have one so I grabbed some tin foil and made a quick and dirty version to help get the sand into the ornament.

Vacation Christmas Ornament

Once the majority of the sand was funneled in, I grabbed a few of the larger shells that could still fit and topped it off.

diy christmas ornaments

The last steps were to put the ornament topper back on and use my paint to write “Maui” and “2011” onto the ornament.

Using sand from a vacation for Christmas ornament

Once dry I simply tied on a ribbon for a festive look and hung the ornament on my tree.  I did this at the end of Christmas season last year, but never got around to sharing the tutorial. Alex & I wait until after Thanksgiving each year to decorate for Christmas, so no this is not our tree this year yet.  There you have it, a simple and unique way to take a walk down memory lane and decorate for the holidays.

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