Get The Look Beach Christmas – DIY

If you love our Summer Christmas ideas as much as we do,  here’s how to recreate the look. We have asked Anneke from AnnaH to share a few of the craft projects we made for our beach-side table. Anneke says that attention to detail and repetition is very important when you want to create a specific Christmas look.
“Put effort into the smaller features and make sure that you replicate the use of materials, textures and colours to support your ideas.” For our Summer Christmas DIY we limited materials to raw textures, muted tones of grey and sand with touches of greenery. We repeated the use of chalk paint, paper and oyster shells to add to our theme.

Chalk Paint

When travelling this festive season, you’ll probably want to pack light. Be clever and get creative with only a few items in your holiday bag with which you can create an array of decor items.


No need to buy gift wrapping paper, using the pages of a vintage book as wrapping paper you can creatively wrap your gifts. Painting a strip of chalk paint on top will even allow for a short message … needless to say, it’s one less Christmas card to worry about. Give your old crockery, cups or glasses a fresh ‘revamp’. With a coat of chalk paint, you can reuse old cups, write a festive or personal message on it and fill the cup with wrapped edible gifts or a small gift. To complete the look, download festive beach Christmas printables here.

Christmas Tree

We’ve sourced a cardboard Christmas tree cut-out from ascribe and gave standard fairy lights a unique twist with paper boxes.

Artichoke Candles

Chances are that your holiday destination won’t have a lot of decorative containers. Candles create a wonderful effect on any dinner table, but if you can’t find a suitable container visit your nearest grocer and explore the fresh produce section for interesting shapes. We’ve used an artichoke for its texture and beautiful colour. Using a kitchen knife, carve out a hole 2 cm deep from the top and replace with a tea light candle. It’s as simple as that. For a more minimalist / modern appeal, you can spray-paint the artichoke white.

Concrete Candle Holders

My husband made these chic concrete candle holders for us. I found that silicone cupcake molds work the best. But you can use a plastic or paper cup as well. Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the packet
Fill the oiled cupcake mold 3/4 full with the concrete mixture. Tap to get rid of air bubbles. Use tea light to press into the concrete. As the concrete sets, twits the candle so that it does not stick. Remove the candles when the concrete is set, but not completely dry. Leave to dry for two more days.

What you will need

  • Chalk paint and a brush
  • Card board
  • Fairy lights
  • Old books
  • Old cutlery / crockery / cups