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Holiday Decor with A Southwest Florida Twist

Turn the holidays into a Southwest Florida lifestyle when you’re a Wellen Park resident. It’s as easy as taking a look around and incorporating pieces of our surrounding community into your traditional holiday festivities and decor. 

Use your family’s day trip to the beach as the perfect excuse for collecting shark teeth, seashells, and white sand to make holiday creations you’ll cherish forever.  

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Shark Tooth Ornaments 

Known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, Venice Beaches are the best for gathering this unique treasure. Located just a 20-minute drive from Wellen Park, take the family for a stroll down Caspersen Beach to collect shark teeth and seashells. 

Bring these tiny gifts from the sea home with you to add a special twist to your holiday ornaments. Whether you tie a string through them or place them in a bulb ornament, hang them from the tree this year to feature the beauty of Southwest Florida in your home. 

White Sand Snowglobe 

Make the most of your beach trip by collecting white sand for a DIY “sand globe,” too. Just grab an empty plastic globe, fill it up a quarter of the way with sand from your favorite Southwest Florida beach, add tiny shells or shark teeth from your walk on the beach, secure the bottom of the globe, shake and enjoy! Not only does this make for the perfect tropical decoration, but it’s also a handmade gift for loved ones.

Seashell Wreath 

Get ready to grab your glue gun and get crafty! Upgrade your front door decor by adding seashells to a traditional holiday wreath for a tropical twist. 

To make the wreath even more special, head over to any of the local beaches near Wellen Park, like Manasota Beach, Venice Beach, and Brohard Park to grab your shell supplies. Bonus points for creativity if you can score a starfish or two for your wreath!

Waterside Holiday Cards 

As an added bonus, make sure to capture a few photos of you and your family collecting these Southwest Florida treasures to turn into a holiday card or frame and hang in your home for many years to come. 

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