With Little Mermaid regaining popularity, an under the sea Christmas theme is a great way to liven your holiday decor. Beach Christmas ornaments may not be the most obvious choice so take a look before you make a decision. Ultimately envision it as if the undersea world were celebrating the Christmas theme, using their own colors and surrounding world.
The color scheme is fairly straightforward as you just need to envision a coral reefs pastel coloring. The big Christmas colors will still be there but in more natural form. While seas contain a range of greens, instead of red holly berries consider lighter pinks or perhaps a deep violet. Blue ornaments still fit just fine but the emphasis would be more on lighter blues ranging to blue-green. Ensure white is involved throughout to tie in the frigid ice of the season with the glittering beauty of the sea. This will help envision those under sea creatures bringing the warmth of the holiday spirit to the cold winter. These subdued colors are the best way to give a glam theme while still fitting the whole family.
Light Strings For An Under The Sea Christmas Theme
Strings of lights are an easy way and first step to ‘Christmas up’ any display but get specialty colored lights as opposed to themed forms of the lights. Lights come in more creative shapes relevant to the beach that are good for a themed party but not if you want to keep it relevant to Christmas. If connecting the sea with Christmas is important, the colors should be the only way you diverge from the traditional when it comes to lights. See my post for more information/advice about light strings.
Coastal Christmas Tree
In amongst my themes, there are dozens of Christmas tree ideas but none more unique than this theme.
Under The Sea Christmas Theme Ornaments
There’s no shortage of tree ornaments for this theme including sea creatures, boats, ocean themed versions of regular items, etc. There is the option of hitting the nail on the head with Little Mermaid ornaments for your Christmas tree decorating. There are a range of forms of Ariel from different scenes with less range of forms for the other characters. Note: there’s no version of Ariel that is black like Halle Bailey, as of the original posting of this article.
Sea Christmas Ornaments
To have a less novelty filled tree and more coastal Christmas decorations, there are a range of forms and mediums.
Sea glass is one of the most common mediums, especially in the form of jellyfish, and sandstone, especially used for starfishes, is a close second.
Kurt Adler does artisan, as opposed to cookie cutter, decorations in both mediums, like glass sea turtles with presents on his back. His sand Christmas tree design made from glass is also very unique with a rustic effect.
As well, there is the option to have general items that are made with obviously ocean related materials.
Sand Dollars on a hook are more durable or jute rope around sea glass have a both on the nose but subtle effect.
DIY Christmas Ornaments
Making Christmas crafts with random beach items and hot gluing a string on to hang from the tree is easy. Hung with classic gold ball ornaments, they’ll touch up trees if you’re looking to build on the theme each year. In the mood to notch up your personal touch with DIY Christmas decorations? Watch this great video for ideas.
If you want to keep to old Christmas tree type stars, there are stars with the main color being aqua. However, if you want more of a visual interest, there’s a virtual Noah’s ark (dad joke) of ocean animals options. Starfish in the form of the Bethlehem star or glass stars with sea horses in the middle are options.
When I started researching how to bring a themed Christmas tree to life, I didn’t realize the options out there. There are ranges of options from Santa vacationing in the Caribbean to dad jokes to beach scenes with presents. My personal favorites are more in keeping with the color schemes such as pastel colored sea life on white backgrounds. However, my theme suggestions are launchpads and frameworks to create your own artistic vision, not set rules. So make this your own and feel free to prove me wrong on my recommendations.
Quick and Easy Alternatives
If you’re strapped for time, use a prelit palm tree which has fewer places to put decorations. This means that a few green, blue, and red ornaments gives a beach feel quickly. While this tree doesn’t scream under the sea, for those of us in colder climates, it links to the Caribbean. This link naturally connects to coral reefs and Ariels area of the waters.
On the other end, a silver tree is argued by some to fit glittering waters but I’ll leave that up to you. The small things cannot be underestimated as Santa Claws (crab dressed as Santa) items come in various forms to put around the house. A few of these will help demonstrate your passion for this topic.
Outdoor Under The Sea Christmas Theme Decoration Ideas
The only beach Christmas decorations for outdoors I can easily find in bulk is an inflatable Ariel. For this decoration, she is in human form holding a gift. For any other exterior décor, you have to use outside the box thinking including perhaps making or getting wooden figures made. See my post on wooden frames.
(Hard to find this thing so search for disney princess ariel christmas inflatable)