So here we are, December, and we have no decorations.
|My Bucket Advent Calendar|
With our calendar proudly hung, we decided to get creative for the rest of our decorations instead of spending more money. As part of their PE assignments, the kids scoured the beach each day looking for seashells, sand dollars and starfish. Greg contributed by going clamming, happily eating the clams and donating the shells for the new tree garland. I golf carted around the island in the rain searching for the beautiful Atlantic White Cedar trees in full berry and snuck a few limbs here and there for our mantel and mirror. We only purchased burlap for stockings, jute and hemp roping for the shell garland and two strands of blue lights for the tree.
The kids strung popcorn while Greg drilled the holes in the seashells and I created the garland. We made individual ornaments with the sand dollars and whelk shells. After layering it all on the tree and adding our travel ornaments, our lone starfish topped the tree.
|Greg's drilled shells|
|Our Coastal Christmas Tree|
|Not a professional pattern|
|I added a shell initial for each child's stocking... Thank you, Hot Glue Gun!|
With the stockings hung by the chimney with care, I proceeded to make a holiday wreath for our center mirror. I wired a few cedar branches together and "Voila!" A Christmas wreath!
Our homemade decorations may pale in comparison to their store bought brethren back home, but I love these coastal decorations we made together and will treasure them always (or at least until they start to smell.)