Every time I go to a beach, I always check out the shells. The urge to collect them is just too strong to deny, so I often come home with a few new shells or pieces of sea glass. My kids also like to pick up the smoothest stones they can find. But the thing about a habit like this? You end up with a lot of homeless shells.
That’s where glass bottles come into play. Glass bottles can bring such a fresh, cool look to rooms — especially when filled with something beachy like sea glass, sand or shells. I love the airiness too. Using shell-filled glass bottles in a cluster brings together this cool decorating idea and the shells that I can’t help to bring home. It’s a win-win.
Want to do a little decorating with glass bottles? Here are a few tips for using them to make a pretty display:
- Choose different shapes and sizes – Don’t be afraid to mix it up! I have a variety of bottles including minis, vintage Mason jars, new jars and even a pretty lid-less jar with bubbles in the glass. The varying heights add visual interest — and you can switch them up once in a while to refresh the look.
- Mix up the contents – Who says that you have to have a certain shell or a mish-mash of them? You decide what will work best for your beachy jar display. When I was filling my jars, I decided to fill them with different sea-based things. I have scallop shells in one, tiny shells in another, etc.
- Take one away – Don’t go overboard! Too many jars will be more hoarders than pretty display. So, much like jewelry, when you set up your display remove one jar. You want to keep it fun and airy — without being too much. Less is more and all that.
- Fill them over time – Don’t feel pressured to have them filled right away. Part of the fun of a display like this is collecting shells over time and adding to your collection. So, it’s a-ok if you only have a few shells in each jar at first. Even better, you can get them from different beaches too (Florida shells are so different from Connecticut ones!)
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.