A beach-inspired Christmas


It’s almost too much excitement to handle – a beach holiday AND Christmas! We found these lovely ideas on Pinterest for easy-to-make Christmas decorations that will not only add festive cheer to hour holiday home but keep youngsters busy if the weather turns bad or when they need to come inside out of the sun.

Mini shell wreaths

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These wreaths made of tiny white shells would look equally good if you used more colourful ones. It’s difficult to make holes in shells so search for ones that have holes worn in them by the sand and water. String them onto a length of fishing line, tie the ends together and attach a loop of ribbon (or more fishing line). Hang the little wreaths on the tree if you have one or on a driftwood pole.

Driftwood and shell tree

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A simple but pretty variation on a traditional Christmas tree that takes up little space and can be returned to the beach to weather when you head home at the end of your holiday. Simply tie pieces of driftwood together with string, fill a container with sand and prop up your tree. To make the decorations, again find shells that already have holes in them and use ribbon, string or fishing line to create loops for hanging them. Ta-daa!

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Instead of a starfish for the top of the tree, make a star by securing twigs together with string or elastic bands.

Wigwam outdoor tree

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This tree is best “planted” in soft sand to create stability – but if you have the patience and skill to tie the branches together for an indoor version, go for it! Branches from invasive alien trees are perfect material for the tree. Add outdoor lights and shell decorations to complete the picture.

Sandcastle tree

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A fun project for a day on the beach – get the kids to make a “tree” of wet sand as high as they can reach. Then let them add shells, stones and seaweed washed up on the shore. I’m not convinced about using lights. If you do, make sure they’re safe for outdoor use and that the sand has dried.

Sea glass and driftwood picture

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Build this pretty picture inside a bought picture frame or find a nice piece of stiff cardboard or hardboard. The local shop is bound to have glue for attaching driftwood sticks and sea glass, and a paper clip or bit of found wire can be used for the star. Or create one by making a star outline in glue and laying a piece of string on it. This is a little tricky so younger crafters will need help.

– Alfie Steyn

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