Tropical Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Begin by creating a simple funnel (or using one of your own). To do this, we cut a piece of paper in half, and rolled it into a cone shape, with a large enough opening to pour the sand in. Remove the cap of your ornament, and place the small end of your funnel into the top. Tip: Make sure you have a tray, plate, or trashcan underneath your work for easy clean up and to catch any grains of sand that might escape. Pour (or spoon) your sand into the ornament. Note: If you overfill your ornament, it will become too heavy to hang on your tree and the cap will not be able to support the contents of your ornament. We recommend only filling about 1/3 of the space (this also makes room for the shells you will be adding). After you’ve added your sand, gently drop in a small bunch of shells so that they lie on top of your sandy “beach. ” Be careful not to shake your ornament, as the shells will eventually get buried under the sand! 5. Drop in a few small starfish to top it off, and replace the metal cap. (Option: Before replacing the cap, you may choose to apply a bit of glue around the opening of the ornament to adhere the cap more securely. We didn’t feel the need to, but if your ornaments are large or contain a lot of items, it may add some security to keep your ornament together. Finish off your ornament by tying a bow of twine through the metal loop on top of your cap. We chose to add a simple ornament hook on ours, but if you prefer, the twine makes for the perfect loop to hang on the tree.

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