Christmas Decor – Tropical Style!

You know what they say…

…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” It’s time to hang some festive decorations to help spread some holiday cheer.

This year, I am not in “holiday” mode at all yet, and I think it has to do with the fact that I moved to a beach community in Panama, so for the first time ever, I will be celebrating Christmas and New Years Eve without any snow, reindeer, or pine trees! I was caught off guard by the lack of holiday cheer around the house here (I would’ve forgotten that Christmas was around the corner if it weren’t for so many Facebook status updates reminding me!) so I thought I’d try to infuse a little bit of merry-making through some home decorations.

I traded the snow for sand this year. This is my new holiday landscape...where do I put the Christmas tree?!

But let’s be honest here…the garland, mistletoe and sparkly red, green and white holidays boules will just look out of place surrounded by towering palm trees and the crystal blue swimming pool (and nothing puts me in a funk like mis-matched decor!).

The solution?

To “make” some tropical-inspired Christmas decor! Here are some fabulous beach-chic holiday decorations from Etsy that ooze exotic allure:


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Collection of 6 shell ornaments by SeashellCollection on

Pearl Nautilus Ornament with Aqua Ribbon by SeashellCollection on

Sea shell star ornament by SeashellCollection on

Seashell candle rings by SeashellCollection on

Seashell and starfish wreath by SeashellCollection on


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Starfish Lovers Ornament by Beautiful Details by the Seashore on

By The Sea Metal Etched Ornament by Beautiful Details by the Seashort on

White Seashell Pomander by Beautiful Details by the Seashore on


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Beach Grass Sage Green White Gingham Check Homespun Fabric Rag Wreath by SandyPaws on


Click here to see Beach Grass Cottage‘s collection on

Glass Ball Ornament with Shells, Pearls and Starfish by Beach Grass Cottage on

Seashell Ornament Set by Beach Grass Cottage on

Seaglass Wreath by Beach Grass Cottage on

Starfish Ornaments by Beach Grass Cottage on

Set of 6 Silver Covered Shells by Beach Grass Cottage on

Capiz Shell Garland by Beach Grass Cottage on

Set of 4 White Scallop Shells by Beach Cottage Grass on


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Seashell Snowflake by Beach Chik on

Aren’t they all beautiful? You can totally get away with beach-themed holiday decor in a winter wonderland if you wanted to…whose to say it’s wrong?!

Now I need to find a craft supply store where I can pick up some ribbon or chain and some silver ornament capsĀ  (and a glue gun?) so I can get started on my holiday crafts! Wish me luck…I have heard that a craft supply store is very hard to come by around here (as in…there isn’t one!). At least my seashell collection is coming along nicely. So far I’ve even managed to find quite a few shells that already have holes (which I originally collected to use as necklace pendants).

What does you holiday decor look like? Are you making some of your own ornaments? I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Spectacular…I would not want Christmas to end though….don’t think I could put them away at the end of the season.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Maureen :) I think I might feel the same way, and I *think* my desire to make these pretty ornaments is so that I can leave them up on the palms year-round. They would love so pretty on the short palms around the pool. Then again, I’m always sad to take down holiday decor, especially all the twinkly lights. Every day should be celebrated, after all :)

  3. Lovely … good luck with the hunt for supplies … very excited for you ;-) It will look beautiful!

  4. I have a real hard time getting into Christmas down here in Panama, perhaps these tropical design ideas will help!

  5. Thanks for the comments, Sharon and Sylvain :) I’ll let you know how the ornaments turn out (if I can hunt down some supplies!)

  6. Oh Tania!! These are so adorable, and so perfect for your new home!
    Cannot wait to see your place decorated!

  7. Thanks, Staci, glad you like them!! I’m itching to get started…my seashell collection has exploded :) I’m about to get started after a trip to the city for some craft supplies.

  8. I thought you’d like that wreath, Shannon :) I think it’d look great in your house!

  9. GORGEOUS sea-inspired ornaments you’ve found!! I’m sure your will turn out lovely too! xo

  10. I hope they’ll turn out half as nice as the ones on today’s post, Sandy :) Thanks for reading and commenting xox

  11. Ah, nice to see you trawling about on Etsy for some holiday cheer. These starfish Christmas trees by beachgrasscottage are pretty cool too

    Bali is full of outlets selling finished handicrafts but you’ll find it light on for craft supplies too.

    Happy crafting!

  12. And to think I just put away my shells, coral etc. – maybe I should bring them back out! These are great finds – I love the pearl ornament and the capiz garland. Have fun decorating Tania!

  13. Thanks, Vanessa :) The capiz garland looks so pretty! I haven’t been able to find capiz shells just yet, but they look like they’d be really shimmery with the right lighting.

  14. Lovely Beachy Decor! : )

  15. Love these! How fun. Each year my mom and I do a theme on our tree…maybe we’ll try this next year (:

  16. What a wonderful collection of beach themed ornaments! I’m a bit of a shell collector myself (I’ve got bags & bags!!) so it looks like a trip to the craft store is on for this week! Thanks for the inspirations! Deborah, Green Light District Design, Ottawa

  17. Glad you liked this post, Deborah! Be sure to fill me in if you end up transforming your seashells into ornaments, I’d love to see how they turn out :) Thanks for reading!

  18. love this post!!! good luck in creating your own beach style christmas decor :)

  19. Thank you so mcuh for your lovely comment on my blog today, Tania, it made my day!

    Great to see this post on tropical-inspired decor for the holidays. I hadn’t thought of it before but for those celebrating in sunny climes it would be ideal!

  20. Thanks for the comment-love, Wendy! I’m going to go on a craft-store hunt soon.

    Will, thanks so much for reading and commenting! I follow your blog religiously and I am so excited to see you comment on Passport2Design :)

  21. Loving this theme! Maybe I will try this next year when we are living in Peru since it will be summer there. Thanks for your sweet comment about my chair.

  22. Thanks for stopping by, Sara! Sounds like fun…why are you moving to Peru? Will you be bringing your fab chair or does this mean it’s up for sale ;)

  23. These are so pretty. Do you know I’ve never spent Christmas somewhere warm. New Year’s yes, Christmas never.

  24. Thanks for stopping by, Connie :) This will be my second Christmas in a tropical destination, but the first one without my family…kind of sad, but I’m looking forward to a new experience. I’ll post some pics of my version of tropical christmas decorations soon :)

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