It’s Christmas decor week at bluwaterlife! We’re starting with DIY sea glass ornaments, and a vintage aluminum Christmas tree that is nearly as old as I am. And the tree is showing its age, just like me, but I still love it! 🙂
This is the original aluminum tree we had when I was a kid. I LOVED watching it in the darkened living room with the revolving multi-colored light. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. So many years later the tree is definitely the worse for wear and the multi-colored light is long gone, but the silver sparkle still makes we smile.
Just for fun, I wanted to try this DIY sea glass technique I first saw on SandandSisal.com – check here for the how-to details. There are a few photos at the end of this post of our ornament making efforts too. This was a fun and easy project. We also did a few plain sand-filled ornaments, and a dozen shell ornaments. Oh, and an easy pennant garland too!
Bluwatermom used this tree in her classroom for years, and it sat in a box in the attic for years after that, and it definitely shows the years. I photographed it on a sunny day ~ so it has maximum sparkle, but the sunlight also shows all the flaws. I can relate!
You can see a closer view of the sand-filled ornaments, the shell ornaments, and the pennant garland in these photos. The garland is just pennant shapes cut from colored craft paper, folded over white twine, and held in place with a bit of double-stick tape. The shell ornaments have wire ornament hangers hot-glued in place for hanging.
And there’s a white starfish as a tree topper. 🙂
Here’s the full tree in the upstairs craft and tv room. It’s fun to have a special tree in this room!
And here are the ornament making photos. This was an easy project, and Bluwaterguy is our hand-model as usual! Check out SandandSisal.com for all the how-to details ~~~
This paint and technique works for any glass object. I want to try it on an apothecary jar next. I added a bit of twine and a few beads from the craft cabinet to some of our finished ornaments.
There’ll be more Christmas decor posts and photos on the blog this week, and I’ll share bits from past holidays on social media. I hope you’ll enjoy the holiday bluwaterstyle this week. How is it looking at your house? Do you start early or decorate up until the last minute ~ or not at all? There’s no right or wrong, as long as it’s what you enjoy during the holidays. Not everyone would enjoy a slightly shabby aluminum tree decorated with sea shells and stuff ~ but it’s certainly part of my life enjoyed! I hope you like it too! On to the holidays y’all ~~~