DIY starfish ornaments

Mele Kalikimaka people! It’s that time of the year again!


Let’s wait until the last minute to take out the tree and spend days looking for ornaments but not find them!

So typically me. Now that I have a kid (yes, I’ll play this card as much as I want because I earned it) it seems like time flies by light speed and then the beginning of the year becomes the end of the year in a matter of days. I took out the red tinsel tree a week ago and it stood naked in our living room because I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIND OUR ORNAMENTS. I should be on the next episode of “Hoarders.” Yup.

Having spent one week in Maui to celebrate hubby’s big birthday, I decided to take inspiration from the sea and make ornaments myself using some polymer clay I had laying around (that I could obviously find more easily than my ornaments). Oh what I would give to be back on the beach.


This year, I’m going for a totally different vibe with Christmas decorating. I’m ready for a change anyway, so I’m going for the beach cottage themed tree. But it’s mostly because I can’t find my usual hoard. And so you, as my reader, shall benefit from my inability to get my shit together and find my shit.

Here we go!

You will need:


  1. Polymer clay (I had three 57 gram packages and that yielded about 18 ornaments)
  2. Shells (my collection over the years but I’m sure they sell them somewhere)
  3. Strong glue
  4. Gold pen (optional)

Mold the clay into little 1.5 inch balls. Then flatten each to .5 inch width.


Cut out a star shape as such:



Roll each arm to desired skinniness.


Keep going (this takes some time but it’s worth it) until you get a starfish shape.

Using a toothpick, poke holes all over.


And you’ll end up with this:


Place on foil and bake at 275 for 1/2 hour.


Let cool for an hour, then glue shells to front.




Insert wire hangers (no matter what Joan Crawford says!) and get your tree decorating on!


I added a burlap ribbon that I found (but still no ornaments).


And that will have to do!

Merry DIY, everyone!


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