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DIY - Coastal Votives with Tray

VOTIVES for summer decor, coastal decor - Krylon Sea Glass spray paint
I was trying to come up with a little gift idea for some friends who have been super helpful these past few days. I dedicated my weekend to working on these cute votives, and I was most surprised by their gorgeous color. The best part is that I was able to repurpose little glass jars and use scrap pieces of wood to make the little trays.

I saw this idea somewhere, I really don't remember where, but when these cute little jars (Costco caramel custard desserts) got empty, I knew they were going to be used as votives,

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glass votives for Summer decor

With Summer upon us, I decided to give them a coastal feel. It was my first time using Krylon Sea Glass spray paint, and I LOVE it!

The little glasses were set upside down, and I began spray painting them, but they were too close to each other.
The size of each little glass is about 2½" x 2½"

I changed the technique. Instead, I spray-painted them one by one, holding them with a stirring stick, as you can see in the above picture.
VOTIVES for summer decor, coastal decor
Krylon Sea Glass spray paint |

I like that you can give them a light or deep color depending on how much spray paint you use. It's such a beautiful color!

I was delighted with the glass votives, but I decided to build little trays out of scrap pieces of wood and square dowels to turn them into a gift set

Materials for one tray:
              2 pieces - 9½" long
              2 pieces - 2¾" long
              4- ½" for the legs.
Ryobi Brad nailer
RYOBI Brad Nailer

The little trays were created by gluing dowel pieces all along the perimeter of the wooden board. 

Since I didn't want to wait for the glue to dry,  I used my brad nailer to speed up the work.

chalk painted wooden tray for votives

After sanding the rough edges, the trays were painted with chalk paint, and then, they were distressed with 60-grid sandpaper.
DIY - Votive gift set

The final details were to wrap jute rope to the top of each jar, add a bit of sand, and place a votive candle and some shells on it.
jute rope, sand, shells, sea glass aqua color votives

blue coastal votives with jute rope and sand and sea shells on tray

Well, this surely is a trash-to-treasure transformation. 

I love how these gift sets turned out!

Using Krylon sea glass spray paint to paint recycled glass votives

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  1. I love this decoration and appreciate the step by step instructions. I think it's something I can actually manage. Can you share the chalk paint color you used? It looks like a driftwood stain. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much, Patti! I've been using Rust-Oleum chalk paint, and that's what I used for this project, in Linen White color. I'm loving that driftwood look. ;)

  2. This is adorable. Have a wonderful trip. I can't wait to hear all about it.

    1. Thanks Katie! I'm so ready to grab my bags and go! It's gonna be lots of fun. ;)

  3. Absolutely adorable, and very do-able! Thanks so much for the instructions.

  4. So pretty. We eat yogurt from glass jars that look identical and I've been saving a ton, now I know what to do with them all! Beautiful styling as always.

    1. Those jars are so pretty, the only way I'm happy to see them go is like this, as little gifts! Thanks Jaime!

  5. I wonder if I can get that Seaglass paint here, I love it.
    If I don't message you before you go, safe travels, Cristina!

    1. Julie, Next time you go to Walmart look for them. Amazon also sells them, and they have a good variety of colors, but their prices are pretty stiff. Thanks!

  6. I clicked on the link because I recognized the jars! I love that costco flan and have bunches of the jars that I can't bare to part with. Thanks for the inspiration

    1. hehe aren't those flans yummy? The fact that they come in such pretty jars make them even better. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Thanks so much for the inspiration! These jars are so perfect for this project and that color! Well SWOON! I'm also so thrilled to hear that you get to go home for a nice long visit. What a special time you will have with your family! Safe travels! Susie from The Chelsea Project

  8. These are so pretty. I love the color and what a great tray. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are so pretty....nice to give as a gift or keep!

  10. Hi Cristina, I'm just seeing your project three years later. :-) I had a bunch of these jars which I gave to my daughter. Just wondering . . do you know if the paint is colorfast in the dishwasher? Thanks!

    1. Hi Marilyn, I really have no idea how the would hold in the dishwasher since I've never placed them in there. I still have one set of these votives, one of these days, I might wash them and let you know.

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