Creations, Coastal Christmas

I am not a Black Friday shopper, there’s too much fun stuff to do…like bringing out the decorations and making festive creations!

Seas ‘Ns Greetings!


beachy Christmas


I’ve been making some Coastal Christmas decor


Xmas entry welcome


These are fast and easy creations,  a painted sign and a painted wood holiday tree



seas ns greetings


That can be adapted to any theme or style to personalize your unique greeting


Coastal Christmas tree


I started with some rustic wood and chalky paint [Americana, from Home Depot, pale sea green]




I left a little of the original white board showing for a rustic, casual look




Next I painted the letters with Annie Sloan Florence chalk paint.  I painted it freehand, because I paint so much it’s easy for me,* but you can certainly pencil in the letters first, use a stencil, or a graphic transfer

*Tip: If you choose a font that is playful and you purposely vary the placing of the letters, it’s much easier than trying to paint a straight and even series of letters.  Find a font you like and play with it on your computer and then print it out to use as a guide




I messed up the N so I went back with some background color and repainted it.  After it dried I repainted the N




I was going to paint sand dollars on it,


seas 'ns greetings


But decided to glue some faux sand dollars on it for dimension


seas ns greetings


I wanted some old wood for my tree but I’m not much for dumpster diving, so I bought this woodpile of aged wood pieces at Hobby Lobby for $8




Glued them together with Gorilla Glue




And let it cure over night




One of the pieces had a gouge in it, but I liked the rustic look




I used the same Americana paint and painted a simple tree




Using short loose strokes, with a semi dry brush


rustic tree


When the paint dried I added a rattan star and sea glass pieces, using a glue gun


sea glass tree



Next came a little bling with turquoise glass beads




Coastal Christmas tree


You can use mini string lights to light it up


lighted sea glass tree


I can’t decide where I want to put it, it looks great inside and out


coastal Xmas


It will probably hop around a little


Coastal Christmas tree


Christmas entry


Xmas entry welcome


Seas ‘Ns Greetings!

Here’s a cute way to personalize your message

“Have yourself a __________little Christmas”

Fill in the blank with:”sandy” or “fishy” or “mountain top” or “lakeside” or “country” or “your city or state” or “American” or “Canadian” or “artsy” or whatever is your passion…

Instead of seaglass you could use pine cones, fishing tackle, skis, boat oars, farm animals, cotton… for a tree unique to your house, area, passion or state.   Hobby Lobby has a huge section of mini ornaments for small trees that are very affordable~

So have fun and

tinsel tangle______________________________________

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31 Responses to “Creations, Coastal Christmas”
  1. Fabulous projects! All so creative 🙂

  2. Completely inspiring! We’ve been wanting different ideas for our second holiday season here. Thank you so much, great post!!

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna! Clever, clever, clever ideas!! I love your Christmas tree and I can see how it could be used all over the house! Thank you for sharing this. Hope your Thanksgiving went well and that the days ahead are not too frenzied! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you. Love the turquoise!

  5. So cute, all your clever creative ideas! Sounds like the perfect way to spend Black Friday. I never get out either, except for one place — I head over to the Village and hit Home Goods in the middle of the afternoon. The frenzy has usually died down by then! Lots of leftovers, no cooking, just being lazy.

  6. Judy Pimperl says:

    I had to laugh…I’ve never heard “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” before! I love it…will have to use it.
    Also love the Christmas tree on the wood. I’m using the turquoise this Christmas, too, with silver and gold. It’s all looking great!

  7. I love it all, Jenna! Especially love the tree on rustic boards. That would be perfect for our deck!

  8. Oh my goodness… You surprised me with using gorilla wood glue to put those woods together! Fabulous tree wood sign. Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Amanda Kolb says:

    Love love LOVE the Christmas tree! Such a cute way to decorate, and you really can make it fit in with any decor!

  10. So cute! I like to decorate with a beach theme too. It’s fun to see all the different ideas! Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. CraftyHope says:

    Oh, I love both of these. The tree is my favorite though. I had seen that wood at Hobby Lobby and was wondering how it looked all together. You’ve shown me exactly what it looks like! Thanks!!
    Oh, and thank you for the awesome inspiration. I totally dig this idea and definitely need some more decorations in this new, bigger house!

  12. Sandra Garth says:

    I spotted the wood pile a few weeks ago and didn’t get it. Hopefully it will be there when I go back. No dumpster diving for me either. These are beautiful crafts and you are very creative!

  13. Oh, Jenna, I would love to order a “Jenna original” for Sea Glass! Could I order a sea glass Christmas tree??? Email me, please. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful at the beach! And I know you are happy about Bama football! 😉

  14. Lori says:

    Love how festive your porch looks!

  15. Jenna, such creative and fun ideas! I would definitely move the tree around, inside and out! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and I need a report on your son’s menu!

  16. Jenna, I love both of your pretty projects! You did a wonderful job freehanding the sign, and the tree plaque is so cute! Glad to know that HL has the wood pieces! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  17. Mary says:

    So festive Jenna! I love your painted tree on the weathered wood for your coastal Christmas! I had no idea that Hobby Lobby even sold a pack, how convenient!

  18. DEBBIE says:

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing the steps to painting the beautiful tree.

  19. Super cute! Pinned it!

  20. JESS44903 says:

    I totally love coastal colors…this all looks so great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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