I couldn’t let the holiday season go by without making a few coastal decor pieces. This Tabletop Starfish Christmas Tree was easy to put together and I used items I already had on hand. That’s always a bonus!
It’s hard to believe that this is the last Pinterest Challenge of 2018! The challenge has been fun each month as we made some of those pins that we’ve been saving and encouraged everyone to not just pin, but to put your own spin on recipes, crafts, diy projects, and more. It’s been fabulously hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures!
For this month’s challenge I wanted to make something coastal for the holidays. I’ve got tons of coastal ideas pinned and I spent a while deciding on what I would try to make. After sorting through lots of pins, I opted to make a Starfish Tabletop Christmas Tree. I have several starfish trees pinned, and I decided to make a wood triangle tree similar to this one I’ve had pinned from that was available for purchase on Etsy from Project Cottage.
I wanted to use more starfish than the inspiration pin shows, so I went in a different direction. I’ve been trying to use up as much of the supplies in my craft stash as I can before the end of the year. I have to make room for new things, right?
Supplies Used for Tabletop Starfish Christmas Tree
- Wood craft triangle blocks
- Laminated Burlap
- Sea glass shard
- Small Starfish is various sizes
- Wood Base
- Hot Glue
- Spray Adhesive
I bought a candy corn wood block set near Halloween, thinking it would be cute to make. It didn’t get made. I also found a small basket filled with small starfish at Goodwill not too long ago. It seemed to me that these items were meant to go together for a Tabletop Starfish Christmas Tree.
Using the wood triangle blocks as a template I cut a sheet of laminated burlap to fit. I selected appropriately sized starfish from the basket and placed them on the burlap until I was satisfied with the placement. I used a small shard of sea glass for the tree topper.
Once the placement was set, I added small dots of hot glue to the back of each starfish and secured it to the burlap. The wood blocks are three separate pieces wrapped tightly in plastic.
I could have painted the wood, but would have meant I would need to glue the three pieces together and wait for that to set and then wait for the paint to dry. Maybe it was a bit lazy of me or maybe clever, you can decide what on that, but I decided to leave the blocks in the plastic. To cover the sides and back of the blocks, I used strips of white adhesive vinyl and snow flake ribbon. The ribbon is held in place with hot glue. I used spray adhesive to attach the burlap sheet to the blocks. Looking at it once it’s finished, you’d never know it still had the plastic underneath.
I had a couple more wood blocks that I also used as bases for my pom pom and ornament tabletop trees. I painted this one using beige acrylic paint and added more of the starfish ribbon. I like that it gives the tree more height and dimension.
The tree is centered on the base and hot glued in place.
While this is a tabletop tree, I’m displaying in on a shelf in my china hutch in our sun room along with some small bottle brush trees and other coaster pieces.
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Do you include any coastal elements in your Christmas decor? I’d love to hear about it!
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