Seashells and Sleigh Bells: Add a Summer Flair to Holiday Decorations


Written by: Emma Veon


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?  But if you prefer Christmas in July to December 25th, here are a few decorative tips to keep a happy balance between snow and sand this holiday season!


The Tree – Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are SO in need of some beachy ornaments.  Stores like Target or Walmart start carrying holiday merchandise in October so they’re sure to have some fish ornaments in stock at this time of year, but the artistic decorator might want to try making his or her own ornament! Most craft stores and pottery painting shops sell clear glass balls or blank ceramic shapes that you can paint yourself.  Quaint, clean ornaments can be made from seashells, sand dollars, or starfish.  Use hot glue to attach a ribbon to the back of your ornament and hang it on the tree.  A few pom-poms and paints could turn a starfish into Rudolph or a sand dollar into Sandy Claus :).  But don’t put the glue gun and ribbon away yet!  Tie or glue some more string to a pair of old sunglasses or cut out some bathing suit or sun from colorful paper.


Beachy Ornaments


The Lights – All I want for Christmas is you… to buy me some perfect lights.  White icicle lights are beautiful, but if you’re looking for a more summery vibe this winter, bring the luau lights inside.  Strings of paper lantern lights or colorful plastic globes keep the season merry and bright without sacrificing all of your summer favorites.  Check out colorful string lights, too.


The Wreath – On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: four messy wreaths that could definitely use some updating.  Go ahead and grab those beautiful evergreen wreaths, but also pick up some shells, colorful ribbon, plastic sea creatures, fun stickers, or anything that reminds you of your treasured time at the beach.  Glue or tie the pieces of your choice to the wreath and proudly hang it on your door.  If you’d rather try something other than a traditional evergreen wreath, hit Pinterest or Etsy for some inspiration.  A wooden frame can be the base for a wreath of pictures or towel bits or seashells.


The Decor – I’ll have a blue Christmas, but only because all my decorations are blue.  Red and green are lovely, but try some blue, white, or tan, too!  Keep the summer decor up all year, but add some Santa hats, window candles, trees, snowflakes, and bells around Christmastime.


Have yourself a merry little Christmas with all the fun and warmth of a summer afternoon!


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