Christmas Ornament Souvenir

I gathered up piles of shells in South Padre last week so I’ll be sharing a few fun craft ideas with you over the next few weeks.  A few days ago I shared a collection of crafty shell ideas and today I want to show you the Christmas ornament souvenir I made to remind us of this year’s beach trip.
christmas ornament souvenir
I started with a flat glass ornament and filled it with small shells and some of my favorite broken pieces {and a few specks of sand that snuck in}.
beach vacation christmas ornament souvenir

I used a Sharpie to write our vacation destination and year on a strip of fabric …
christmas ornament souvenir … then tied it, along with a few strands of burlap, onto the top of the ornament.
shabby ribbon tied on christmas ornament souvenir
I love this beachy little ornament and I love that when we get it out every Christmas, we’ll remember our fun family vacation in South Padre.
christmas ornament souvenir filled with shells

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. I love making ornaments with Shells! This is so cute, I love the burlap with the place and year. ~Sonya

  2. What a beautiful ornament. What a great way to remember an event. I love it!

  3. Love this ornament – so creative and pretty and personalized! Just wanted to let you know I featured your post in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  4. I didn’t find all those different shells on that beach. Did you buy them from a shop? I got lots of shells, however, they were all the same.

  5. Okay ignore my questions. Lucky you finding all those different shells. Did you get up early in the morning before they comb the beach?

    • Randi Dukes Randi Dukes says:

      We found a lot of them in the water. We seemed to have better luck with that than on the beach. We’d feel large shells with our feet and reach down to pick them up.

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