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Painted Shells Make Perfect Tea Light Trays

Painted shells, a craft project cut out for me! Easy and quick, and it's for candles which I love. Makes for a thoughtful gift too!

paint shells
I love the large flat quahog shells that I find along the shore here in Rhode Island. They're rustic, and as you can see, can be easily turned into chic candle holders.

gold painted shells as tea light candle holders
All I needed to do was applying primer, then giving the shells several coats of glossy gold paint which adds that extra glow when the candles are lit. Oh, and if you wondered about the sparkly starfish in the picture, you can find out more about them here!
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22 comments:

Lia said...

Those are so pretty.
It's a very clever idea.
Much love
Lia
xx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Lovely Maya
Simple but effective! I love shells and tealights.. have a great week xx Julie

EntertainingMom said...

I have about 30 that the kids picked up on the beach last summer - all have been washed in dishwasher and in basement. I love the idea of using them with the tea lights!

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Thank You Maya for the feature on your amazing blog! You truly made my Monday! Love the tea light idea :)

♥Kim

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love the tea light idea ;)

Pam said...

Such a simple but very effective way to give a warm, beachy glow to a room! I love this, Maya, but then you always have such good ideas.

For those who enjoy seeing shell art I have and will continue to post photos all week of the incredible shell art entries displayed at last week's Sanibel Shell Fair on my blog at http://smallserendipities.blogspot.com/. Lots of inspiration there, too!

Aylee Bits said...

That's so pretty, even the starfishes. Did you do anything with the starfishes too? They look nice and sparkly.

Fearless Nester said...

Maya, I too love gold paint and shells, but I never thought to put them together. Those are really beautiful, and I love how you displayed them with the starfish. I love the old door you turned into art with them too on your link. Now I'm off to check out Kim's work and catch up with your other blog! Happy Monday! ~Lili

Laura Trevey said...

What a wonderful idea.... love it!

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

What a great idea - even kids could do this!
Have a great week,
Leah

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Great idea for candles!

simpledaisy said...

What a super cute idea!!! Those would also be cute hanging from a christmas tree.....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great idea! I have a candle in a coconut shell half! I love everything natural! ♥

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful....would even be gorgeous without the paint!

K said...

I love the tea light idea! I think it would be pretty to add a little sand around the tea light too.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

these are so fun!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Hmmm I love the gold! I can just see it shine on a warm summer night with the candle lit.

::cottage instincts:: said...

Beautiful! Definitely showing my mom this idea...her condo would be well suited to this project :)

Michela said...

What a great idea, they are perfect! I never would have thought of that! =)

Kim said...

Wow, no matter what is done with these shells, it turns out great.

Diane @ inMyOwnStyle said...

I love decorating with shells, but have never done this. I don't live by the sea, but making these and using them around my house will make me think I do.

Anne said...

Those are beautiful, and I bet the gold looks amazing when the candles are lit!