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Ocean Themed Home Made Ornaments – Great Family Time

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Creating memories and traditions are a spectacular part of the holiday season. Getting together with loved ones to bake, sing songs, cook dinner, wow- it’s just what makes the holidays so joyous!

We know holidays are not the only traditional family time though, so is vacationing! We thought a marvelous way to remember your time in Ocean City, and be with your family in the winter would be to CRAFT! You know all the time the kids and you have spent searching the sands for the perfect shells. Why not make them into a lovely ornament? They could hang on your tree, or maybe give them as gifts to aunties and grandparents… It could be another tradition in the making the search fro your perfect shell will then be the beginnings of your holiday crafting months later!!

To make a shell ornament you can use you imaginations. You can see in some photos shells can stay virtual the same, just painting them anyway you would like. Paint a Santa or Frosty face on them. In other images, they have added a wood ball or pebble for a head to make a body of a Christmas angel. With some ribbon or wire you can fashion wings behind the “body.” We recommend hot glue for attaching pieces.(Please be cautious and adult supervision is best. Hot glue guns can be very hot.)Layering shells with the hot glue to make bodies can be fun too! Try any assortment, as long as you are together and you have a memento of the occasion, that is all that matters!

Materials:

  • Shells
  • ribbons
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • blotting paper
  • smocks
  • hot glue gun (adult supervision)
  • hot glue sticks
  • scissors
  • pebbles
  • wire

Toes in the sand leaves little moments on our hearts don’t they? You look at those prints and remember how small they used to be or how soon they will be so much bigger. Creating the prints on something else will freeze those moments. Now you can touch the print and for this instance it won’t grow even a little.

Salt dough ornaments

Materials

  • stirring straw ( or something to poke a hole for the ribbon)
  • ribbon
  • round cookie cutter (larger than child/baby’s foot)
  • 4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Mixing bowl and large spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint
  • letter stamps(optional)

Pre heat your oven to 300°F. Mix the flour and salt while slowly adding the water. When it is too tough to mix with a spoon, use your hands to knead. When the dough is easy to work with, you are done. Place a ball of dough between two pieces of parchment. Use the rolling pin to spread the ball into a 1/8″ thick  piece of flattened dough. Peel the top parchment off, use your cookie cutter to make your circles. Now get a foot (or hand) and press inside of circles. (Options: after the foot impression, use stamps to press in names and/or dates) Once you have made all your circles, peel away the extra and put back in the bowl to create more. Use your stirring straws to poke holes. Place your parchment sheet of circles and prints on your baking sheet. Bake for about an hour. (keep the oven light on, to make sure they are done – an hour is a rule of thumb but not an exact time.) When they are hard they are done. Optional: Paint the indentation for more effect.

These easy fun time makers are the a great way to capture a moment. Let us know what you made, and if you changed something up. We love to see your imaginative spirits!