Beach Chic Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Capture memories of the beach by creating beautiful keepsake ornaments from crushed seashells and pebbles found near the shore during summer vacation.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3″
  • Decorative crushed seashells or tiny green pebbles
  • Beach charm
  • Eye pins, two
  • Coordinating pearl bead
  • Coordinating metallic wired ribbon, 1-3/8″-wide
  • Gold cord, 8″ length


  • Pallette knife or table knife
  • Adhesives: Gane Brothers and Lane Yes! Paste, Plaid Gloss Mod Podge, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

wooden skewer, shallow bowl, jar, foam paintbrush


(Note: Materials listed are for one ornament.)

step 1

Push wooden skewer into 3″ ball to hold while adhering materials onto ornament. Pour crushed seashells into a shallow bowl. Spread 1/4” layer of Yes! Paste smoothly over ball using palette or table knife. Roll paste-covered ball firmly in seashells. Press shell material into paste with fingertips. Sprinkle areas that remain uncovered with crushed seashell and press firmly into the paste. Set wooden skewer into jar to let dry thoroughly.

 step 2

Using foam paintbrush, apply one coat of Mod Podge to entire ball; let dry.

step 3

Attach charm to head of eye pin. Thread pearl bead onto stem. Insert eye pin stem into center bottom of ball.

step 4

Tie full ribbon bow as shown. Remove skewer from ornament and adhere bow to ornament, covering hole.

step 5

For hanger, adhere and insert remaining eye pin into top of bow. Insert gold cording into eye pin and tie into loop.

step 6

Make pebble ornament in same way as crushed seashell ornament.


  • Instead of ornaments, simply cover balls in crushed seashells and/or tiny pebbles and place in a glass bowl, vase or basket for a charming centerpiece.

by Kathleen George for Dow Chemical Co (

Harmony Bird Sanctuary

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Transform a STYROFOAM Brand Foam egg into a charming, vintage-look accent for your springtime home using tissue paper, stickers, and petite embellishments.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Egg, 4”
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Composer Tissue Paper
  • K&Co. Brenda Walton Flora & Fauna Collection Birds and Leaves Grand Adhesions Stickers
  • Prima Marketing Cradle Robin Mini Nest with Eggs
  • Excelsior moss
  • Grapevine bird nest, 3-1/2”


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Ink Pad
  • Flat paintbrush, 1” wide
  • Waxed dental floss
  • Adhesives: gloss-finish découpage medium, white craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge, metal teaspoon, wax paper (to cover work surface)



Using pencil, draw vertical line from pointed end of foam egg, down around base, back up to tip.


Cut length of dental floss twice lengthwise diameter of egg. Wrap floss around egg on line, cross ends, and pull to cut completely through egg. Set aside one half-egg for future project.


Using metal teaspoon, remove inside of foam half-egg, creating recessed area within egg.


Using brush, coat inside and cut edges of egg with découpage medium; press music tissue to surface. Apply medium to outside of egg; continue pressing tissue to surface, overlapping edges and applying additional medium as needed. Trim excess tissue and découpage edges to egg. Let dry.


Using sponge, apply Antique Linen ink over surface of egg; let dry.


Using craft glue, adhere egg base into small nest. Place excelsior in nest in front of egg, spot gluing here and there. Adhere mini nest into moss at center of egg.


Cut desired bird from dimensional sticker and adhere into nest as shown.


Adhere sentiment sticker to top of egg; secure with drop of craft glue.


  • Use remaining tissue sheets and three-dimensional stickers to create coordinating wall art panels from sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

by Rebekah Meier for The Dow Chemical Co.

Stamped Garden Gift Set

Stampendous introduced their Winter CHA release just a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to create a few projects using the new Cling Flowers stamps. How about a giveaway of one of the new Stampendous stamps?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by February 14th and I will randomly select one person to receive one of the new Cling Flowers stamps from Stampendous.

The flowers are gorgeous, and they inspired this gardening set which is perfect as a Mother’s Day or birthday gift.

Here is a side view of the box:

1. I started with a leftover box from clementines. It was easy to cover with a coat of white acrylic paint.

2. Stamp Stampendous flower images (Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Carnation, Violets, Sweet Peas, Seed Catalog) onto white cardstock using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Stamp Violets twice.

3. Color flowers using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils and a water brush. Let dry.

4. Tear cardstock around flowers. Sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Cut tissue paper to fit sides of box. Stamp Seed Background onto tissue paper repeatedly using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Adhere tissue paper to sides of box using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Sponge edges of box using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

6. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over surface of tissue paper; let dry.

7. Adhere colored flowers onto sides of box with Zip Dry Paper Glue.

The clay pots close-up:

1. I bought two clay pots from the store and, since it was off-season, I actually got a good deal on them.

2. Paint fronts of clay pots with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

3. Stamp flowers of choice, one each, onto tissue paper using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry. Tear tissue around images.

4. Adhere stamped, colored flowers onto fronts of clay pots using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over each surface to seal image.

5. Apply VersaMark embossing ink around edges of tissue paper and along top of rim on first clay pot. Sprinkle wet ink with Stampendous Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Enamel; heat emboss enamel. Quickly, while enamel is still hot, sprinkle same areas with Fran-tage Lavender Glass Glitter.

6. Repeat Step 5 with second pot.

Here are the plant markers close-up:

1. Die cut three Labels Twenty-Two shapes from white cardstock.

2. Stamp flowers (Nasturtium, Carnation, Sweet Pea) onto labels using Jet Black water-resistant ink.

3. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry.

4. Sponge label edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Apply brown Tim Holtz Distress Stain to three wooden plant stakes. Let dry.

6. Adhere labels to tops of stakes. Tie green fiber around stakes beneath labels.

7. To finish gift set, stamp Botanical Blooms Background using lavender ink onto full sheet of tissue paper. Assemble gift set as shown.


  • Stampendous Stamps – Botanical Blooms Background CRR162, Seed Background CRW088, Seed Catalog CRR161, Morning Glory CRP185, Carnation CRP186, Nasturtium CRP187, Sweet Pea CRP189
  • White tissue paper
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Ink pads: Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lavender; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink; Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Stain
  • White acrylic paint
  • Beacon Adhesives – Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish
  • Die-cutting system and label die of choice
  • White cardstock
  • Green fiber
  • Wooden plant stakes, three
  • Stampendous FREG021 Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous FRG05C – Lavender Glass Glitter
  • Recycled wooden fruit box

Don’t forget, leave a comment to win your own Stampendous Cling Flowers stamp. Happy Stamping and Good Luck,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (