Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Frugal Coastal Elegance

Being the lover of the sea that I am,
I adore bringing some of that breezy,
coastal vibe into my home.

These tall white candles are all over
the internet and Pinterest. They are easy to alter, and are not only made in the USA, but they are only $1 each at Dollar Tree!!
AND they are part of their regular stock!!

Here are a couple I did a quick and easy makeover on, along with adding a little
coastal charm to a vintage bottle.

For the bottle, I used my Dremel with an 1/8" bit to drill a hole in the white shell, wrapped natural jute twine around the neck of the bottle, slid the shell on, and tied a knot.  
Love the simplicity and charm.

For the candle on the left, I used a very lightly tea stained cheese cloth~~~which is so cheap and adds wonderful
texture to anything it's paired with {available at WalMart in the craft section}

I just wrapped it around the jar a little
loosely for a bit of a draped effect.
Then tied some gorgeous sea mist silk sari 
ribbon around the top {you can use whatever
ribbon you like} I added a fabulous button
that looks like a starfish by tying it on
with twine. 

I wish I could tell you that you
can still buy these buttons, but I am sorry to say that they are no longer available.  My friend, Paul, at The Button Smith on Etsy, and, does offer a
fabulous selection of bling, and I'm sure
one of the other pearl buttons would look
wonderful, too!

For the candle on the right, I did basically the same thing, but used natural sisal that comes in a roll at JoAnn. I peeled off one layer, cut a piece that would wrap around the
candle, and added the ribbon and button.

I didn't permanently adhere anything since candles get burnt down. That way I can reuse the elements later on!!

These will probably be added to my spa tub in our master bath! Gotta finish decorating and show you the makeover!
I sooo love it!

Hugs to you!


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

YOu did a fabulous job turning something plain and boring into things extraordinary - they each look wonderful. Well done.

Victoria said...

Those are beautiful! I need to hit the Dollar store! Have a wonderful 4th of July:)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

This is such a beautiful and summery vignette, Becky. I love it!
Happy 4th of July!

Lululiz said...

Looks really fabulous. Can't wait to see them in place in your master bath!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the way the buttons dress the candles up, Becky. That is such a pretty color on the seam binding, too.

Amy Kinser said...

So beautiful! You create such loveliness, my friend.

Hope you are doing great!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What a pretty color combo, very soothing! I've been altering these candles for years but never thought to do a beachy look, thanks for the inspiration!

Judy said...

What pretty, pretty candles! I want to make some right away!

Shabby soul said...

Love love the simpy charme of the blue bottle with the shell.
Sea sea, wait for me!!
Hugs my darling

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow these are just beautiful what a great transformation. Gotta love the dollar store!!!! Happy 4th.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Looks wonderful! I just picked up some starfish from my holiday at the beach - I am looking forward to using them - I love the mixture of the simple with the elegant - very inspiring.

trisha too said...

Lovely, all of them.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Hi Becky! I bet you had a houseful of babies and kids on the 4th! Your candles are gorgeous, I used them at my sons rehearsal dinner, saved me a ton of money! Your coastal colors are perfect!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your decorating style! Do you mind if I pin some of these photos? Hugs!

Made From Pinterest said...

Amazing what you do on a budget, I love it! This will look great in your master bath.

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