Skip to Content

DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments

This post may contain affiliate links, which means that we earn a small percentage of each sale. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

If you love the beach, then you will love these simple DIY beach Christmas ornaments!

Seriously, they could not be any more simple. Plus, they are a great way to show off your favorite vacation spots throughout the years.

Bring home a little sand from each trip and create a meaningful ornament collection! 

Click here to pin this project to your Pinterest board!

DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments via Charleston Crafted

We first introduced you to these ornaments when we originally made them for our 2013 Christmas tree.

However, I recently realized that we never shared a tutorial for how to make them. So, today I am here sharing that tutorial with you.

Looking for other coastal Christmas decor ideas? We have years and years worth!

Spanish Moss Wreath

Oyster Christmas Trees

Driftwood Christmas Trees

DIY Driftwood Wreath

Driftwood Angel Tree Topper

Simple Blue + Grey Stockings

Anchor Christmas Wreath

DIY Sea Glass Ornaments

The base of the ornament is just a clear fillable ball ornament, available at most craft stores during the holiday season.

You can buy them in glass or plastic. Glass is really nice, but plastic might be more realistic if you have pets or small kids. Or a clumsy family member! 

I think that the simplicity of these ornaments makes them really stunning. They have the potential to blend in or really be a show stopper if you have otherwise neutral ornaments. You can’t go wrong! 

If you are going to go to the trouble to make these ornaments, I suggest making at least 6.

It’s one of those things that as long as you are making it, you might as well make a few at once.

A whole set sprinkled throughout the tree really makes a gorgeous effect! 

If you are looking for a fun and beautiful Christmas craft, look no further than these beach sand ornaments. 

DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments

What you need to make DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments:

How to make DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments:

  1. Use a small funnel (this one came with a flask!) to pour sand into the ornament. You want it to be about 1/3 full. 
  2. Drop in a few small sea shells. 
  3. Re-attach the topper. Add a ribbon or hook and hang on the tree! 

Click here to pin this project to your Pinterest board!

Christmas Tree Ornaments - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 ornament

How to make DIY Beach Christmas Ornaments

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

Check out my tutorial for how to make simple sand and shell beach ball ornaments for your Christmas tree!


  • Clear ball ornaments
  • Sand
  • Small sea shells


  • A small funnel or paper rolled into a funnel shape


  1. Remove the metal lid/hook from the ornament.
  2. Use a small funnel to fill an ornament 1/3 full with sand.
  3. Add a few small sea shells.
  4. Replace the lid.
  5. Hang on your tree and enjoy!

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

What’s going on your tree this year?

Charleston Crafted Logo heart

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube


Subscribe to get our latest content by email.


    We won’t send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

    Sharing is caring!

    DIY Sea Glass Ornaments
    How to Make a Felt Jungle Baby Mobile
    How to Make a Felt Jungle Baby Mobile
    Skip to Instructions