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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Playing in the Sand

 A few months back, while I was out shopping, I ran across this arrangement and just LOVED it. 
But I also knew the holidays were around the corner, and I already had plans.
So when it came time last weekend to pack these bad sparkly boys in a ziplock, 
I broke out the tub of leveling sand.
(Note: leveling sand is super inexpensive at the hardware store, and it beats the heck out of those little decorator bags they sell at craft stores for $3.)
I shopped the house for things on hand that could be reused.
One large cylinder vase, one slim Dollar Tree vase, some silk orchids, sand, and 
scattered shells later, we had this for the coffee table. 
The candle is safely in the smaller vase so I can actually LIGHT this.
What a concept.


And as long as we have clean, empty vases, why not?
 Any excuse to play in the sand, right?
 Now this may not be brain surgery, but it does lighten the place up.

If you don't have smaller vases, jar candles will keep your arrangement safe to light and mess free.
 I decided to keep some of the silver shells on display as well for a little touch of shine.
 I like the height it gives the cabinet.
And the glass tree frogs have a newly decorated home.


Musings from Kim K. said...

Very pretty and it certainly feels very tropical...especially while we are buried under snow.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh it all looks wonderful. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Lookin' good!

Sherri B. said...

It all turned out very nice. I like that you left the silver shell and added the branches.

Olive said...

Sweet. Want to play in the snow? I will send you some!

Christie describeHappy said...

These are great! I wonder if it would work with snow. Hahaha, just kidding. I have snow on the brain today in NY. Playing in the sand sounds much more fun! Have a great day!

Vagabond Carnival said...

Very Pretty!

Unknown said...

Pretty! I love the sand idea, and am still in love with your frogs and branches. So pretty!

Also, the vase-in-a-vase idea is genious. Who wants a candle centerpiece you can't light?


Unknown said...

Great idea - I love the sand idea too!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Looks like fun!

Carol said...

The first one is my fave, but the branches are doin' it for me, too. Makes me feel warmer already! (It is BELOW freezing here!)


Anonymous said...

Such great ideas to use candles and sand. My favorite is the one with the flowers.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Like the idea of the sand and candles. Very pretty. Please add a link to my blog party. Thanks.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

The arrangement really draws the eye up! I love the candles in the arrangements.

Vanessa said...

Hi Sunny! I LOVE how that orchid looks in there and I'm sure it is just beautiful all lit up. I was thinking how perfect that would be for a beach-themed party centerpiece. The flower adds just the right soft touch. Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ I love the sand in the base and how the twigs and the shells look- quite pretty! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Heidi said...

Great sand-y idea! Back to the beach we need to go..... Heidi

AllieMakes! said...

Very lovely! Love the orchids!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Rose :: said...

Nice! I love the beach, and I too love orchids.

Thank you so much for your tutorial and your contribution to our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL linky party.

We love featuring great articles like yours and appreciate people following the party 'rules' and linking back to us so we can all share in the fun.

Look forward to seeing you again next week!

Unknown said...

Oh I love sand (and natural elements) in decor...great the hardware store is very smart...much better prices!