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DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree Ornament

I went to a cute little beachy themed shop the other day where I found the inspiration for this ornament. The shop is typically costly and out of my range, but I always love to just browse. I came across an ornament that I loved and when I saw the price tag, there was no way I was buying it. They wanted $10.99 for something very similar to this one. It had a couple of small shells on it and it was shellacked with the tiniest amount of gold glitter on it.

I knew I could easily make this so I sought out the items I’d need.

  • driftwood pieces
  • a tiny starfish
  • Loctite glue
  • glitter (optional)

Granted, you might spend that amount on your items, but at least you can make multiple of them with what you have. The driftwood pieces came from a local shop that sells it by the piece, but you can buy some in a pack at Hobby Lobby. Use that 40% off coupon to get it for a great deal. Same with the starfish and all other supplies (or you can hit up Walmart to get them even cheaper).

First, lay out the pieces you want that work well together and create the stacking effect.

Next, add a strip of glue where the pieces meet together well and adhere them together. I used rubber bands to hold them together until they dry. I did them two at a time like this. Be careful to add your band to the point where the pieces meet together so that pressure can be proper for adhesion.

If this seems too complicated for you, you can also use a popsicle stick and glue the pieces to that. Just make sure it isn’t too long and visible. I just like doing it this way so that both sides are pleasing to the eye since it will be hanging from the tree.

Once they’ve dried, add them all together and allow them to dry once again. Add your starfish to the top and you are done! 

You can also add a small stick to the bottom to create the foot of the tree. If you like the shiny look, you can brush on some Elmer’s glue and sprinkle a dot or two of the glitter. That should do the trick. I think I am going to leave mine natural. 

Grab some twine or jute and add it to the back so that you can hang it. Very simple and cute! These are sure to last and can be something that stays in your family for years.


Wendy is a facebook administrator and editor for Modern Day Moms. She is a multi-purpose mom (aren’t we all, really?) who loves home decor, couponing, sewing, photography, Pinterest, frugal living… ok, pretty much all the same things that most women love! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends while living on the gulf coast. Her two Boston Terriers - Oscar and Lily - occasionally make appearances on MDM.



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