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June 21, 2021

DIY Coastal Candleholders From Clear Glassware

By Corina Patterson

Hey there, it’s Sarah of again, with a new upcycling idea to share.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as summer rolls around each year, I find myself thinking of the coast and all things beachy. And that feeling is reflected all around my home, with lots of coastal-inspired decor in every room. Of course, much of it has been upcycled which brings me to today’s makeover for coastal candleholders. There is ALWAYS an abundance of clear glassware at the Charlotte Region ReStores. So, let’s give some glass pieces a coastal-inspired makeover and bring the beach inside!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear glassware (candleholders, hurricanes, vases) from the ReStore
  • Sea glass or Stained glass spray paint
  • Coastal embellishments (rope, seashells, netting, etc.)
  • Hot glue gun and scissors
  • Sand
  • LED Candles

Safety first!

For any spray painting that you do, make sure you have a well-ventilated area to work in.

Here’s how I made these Coastal Candleholders:

Head to one of the ReStores and peruse the clear glassware. Each store has a large and very eclectic collection of glass, making the hunt just as much fun as the DIY! This makeover can be applied to just about any size or shape of glass. I opted for wide-mouth pieces that I could use to hold LED candles. But bottles, vases, and jars would be just as lovely, too!

  • There are a few different types of spray paint that are ideal for coastal crafting. I actually found some sea glass spray paint at the Wendover ReStore! We say this all the time, but you really never know what you will find at a ReStore! In case you aren’t lucky with paint on the day you go, you can also find stained glass and sea glass spray paints at craft stores and from online retailers, as well.
  • Clean out the glassware and remove any stickers or price tags. I also like to use window cleaner to remove any fingerprints from the glass, as well. Then, set up a nice open area to do your spray painting!

  • Simply follow the directions on your cans of spray paint to give your glassware a makeover. Each brand and type can be different (number of recommended paint coats, time to wait between applying coats of paint, etc.)
  • For one piece of glassware, I layered two different colors of stained glass paint to create a blue-green aqua shade (stunning). For the sea glass paint application, I sprayed on two light coats to achieve a perfectly hazy, pale green finish.

  • Once the spray paint dries, you can embellish your glassware further (if you choose to). I opted to use some nautical-inspired rope and some starfish from the craft store.
  • Once you’re finished embellishing your glassware, you can set them around your home or perhaps fill with sand and LED candles!

Easy, Breezy Summer Decor

Are you loving this fun way to make coastal-inspired decor from clear glass? Take a snap and tag us (@cltregionrestore and @sadieseasongoods) with the hashtag #ReStoreCoastalDecor

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