Friday, July 27

Low-cost, easy-to-make beachy tablescape

Summer is in full swing here in North Carolina.  It's so hot that I long to be at the beach, playing in the water or snoozing under an umbrella.  A beach trip is just the stuff of dreams for me this summer, but I created a bit of beachy atmosphere in tablescape for my screened porch.

I had some glass hurricanes that originally contained metal plates for a candle perch.  The metal plates got lost, and I was left with funky-looking hurricane globes:

See the weird glass indentations?

I bought some rope and hot-glued it to the outside of the hurricane globes.  Much better already:

I then filled the globes with sand and perched a candle on top.  Weird glass indentations, be gone!

For the rest of the tablescape, I used some big seashell-shaped pieces I picked up a few years ago at Target.  I filled them with seashells--some collected at the beach, some purchased in a bag at Dollar Tree.

I rounded out the display with a few large shells that I spray-painted silver.  I love the way these look--the silver paint settles into the lines of the shells beautifully.

One more look at the whole thing:

Everything in this tablescape I already owned except for the rope and bag of shells.  I'm pleased with how well everything turned out for a very small investment.

Maybe I'll get some lemonade with a lot of ice and brave the heat long enough relax on the porch.  Want to join me?

I'm linking to these wonderful parties:

Saturday Seven at Positively Splendid


  1. I love when someone thinks of something new to spray paint. :) Silver shells! I love it.

  2. Seriously. Hop in your car and head down 751 to my home and teach me this creativity and style!

    I love what you do with the simplest of items.

    And.... this redhead is itching for the beach or the lake too.

  3. Love the rope transformation on the hurricanes. Great vignette. Hugs, Marty

  4. Very different and neat tablescape. I love the rope on the hurricanes.


  5. You always have such great ideas Richella...and at low, or no cost! I love shell shells...and I LOVE the beach. (:>)

    Oh yes...I would love to join you on your beachy back porch for a nice visit!

    Have a delightful day!

    Love, Linda

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! We do A LOT of beach camping & this would be great to use on our table outside as well as at home. GREAT idea!!

  7. The rope, sand, and candle work perfectly with your hurricane vase to make it beach themed. I never thought about painting shells. The paint really does bring out their detail.

    This vignette is perfect for this time of year.

  8. I like anything nautical so of course I love your tablescape. Great idea wrapping the candlesticks and thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.

  9. Spraypainting shells silver! Would never have thought to do that. They look stunning. Love the rope around the hurricane. Thanks for this inspiring post.

  10. Okay. I've done the rope wrapped hurricanes but I didn't put sand in under my candles. That looks so good!!! I love it!!!

    The shells look great too. You're so creative. Spray paint - I never would have thought about that. Love, love, love it!

  11. Love the rope added to the hurricanes and silver shells...perfect!

  12. Very NICE! I L-O-ve the jute rope on the hurricane lamps. The mix of textures is irresistable. I also adore the name of your blog. It's my motto for the next week. In all things to impart grace. Lovely.

    Visiting from Kelly's Corner and becoming a follower!

  13. This is so creative. I'm going to steal this idea of wrapping a hurricane with rope. I'm trying to find cute/inexpensive ways to decorate for a fall wedding and this will work!

  14. Very pretty. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  15. Love your roped hurricanes! I love any kind of decoration using hurricanes and very versatile!

    Your silver spray did you the tablescape!

  16. I'm stopping by for a visit from Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life.
    It's amazing how a little rope can make these simple hurricanes pop!
    Have a terrific week.


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