If you love coastal Christmas Decor and budget friendly crafts, you can make your own Sea Shell Tree on Wood. Use a thrift store find for a low cost project.
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love coastal decor. Incorporating it into my Christmas decor is always fun. This year, our breakfast nook is decorated with teal and other shades of blue, along with some diy coastal pieces.
Coastal Christmas Decor DIY
I found this sign at my local Goodwill last year. I love the shape of it and I’ve been planning to give it a makeover for a while.
The first step was to cover up the words with paint. After one coat, it was on its way. It got another coat of white paint once the first layer was dry.
After the second coat of white paint was dry, I added two coats of Waverly Chalk paint in Agave. Walmart has been the only store that I’ve found this. Any teal or seafoam color paint would be fine.
Since I planned on turning this into a coastal decor piece, I wanted to give it a faux weathered look. To do that, I used a combination of white paint and gray paint. I brushed white paint on, then used a lint free cloth to wipe the excess away. That was followed by a coat of gray paint that is also wiped off.
I continued adding paint and wiping away the excess until I was happy with the look.
Using a piece of medium grit sandpaper, I sanded the edges to give it more of the weathered look.
I love using rope for lots of coastal and nautical projects. It’s an easy way to add dimension along with more coastal flair.
The rope is hot glued around the rim of the plaque. I added a small bead of glue as I pressed the rope onto the rim.
I used more sandpaper to add some rough spots to the front of the sign. I dabbed on more paint here and there to add to the weathered look.
Using shells that I had on hand, I positioned them into a tree shape. I cut small strips of twine to go behind each row of shells.
The twine was glued to the board and then each shell was glued down. The large blue starfish is one I had in my craft stash from a bag craft shells. I added a piece of craft drift wood for the trunk of the tree.
The final step was adding the vinyl lettering. I used Design Space for my Cricut to find the “Seas and Greetings” graphic.
Supply List for Sea Shell Tree
- Thrift Store Find Plaque
- White, Gray, and Teal Paint
- Craft Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue
- Sea Shells
- Drift Wood
- Cricut Cutting Machine & Weeding Tools
I shared the small Coastal Christmas Tree during the Festive Christmas Ideas Event. I had it set up in our sunroom until I put up the large tree in that room. Now, it’s in the breakfast nook and I’ll be sharing a post on the tablescape and other decor for that area soon.Create a fun Coastal Christmas Decor Piece using a thrift store find sign, paint, and sea shells. #coastalchristmas #seashelltree #beachchristmasdecor Click To Tweet
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Coastal Christmas DIY Decor