Sand bottles decor {guest post}

Hey guys! Le’ts welcome cute Jenn from My Fabuless Life who will be guest posting today.
With summer vacation just around the corner and plans of beachy destinations dancing in many of our heads, I thought I’d share my favorite way to preserve those precious vacation memories. Sand bottles. For me, this all started years ago when my mom took a trip to Bermuda with my dad. In awe of their unique pink sand, she decided to bring a little home to show us kids.  After she brought it home, she put it in an old bottle on a bookshelf. It became a vacation tradition, and the Sand Collection was born.  I love this so much more than an expensive, cheesy souvenir that eventually ends up in a closet somewhere, because it’s something neutral that goes with any decor and it’s like a trip though time all in one display.
Let me warn you now though, bringing sand back onto a cruise ship or through airport security via a water bottle or plastic bag will get you some SERIOUSLY weird looks.  And here’s a little piece of advice: if you’re going to bring it home via airplane, CHECK IT. Our family will be camping at Zion National Park this summer and you’d better believe we’ll be bringing home a little bit of that beautiful red sand.  You can also collect rocks, leaves, flowers–anything really that reminds you of your vacation and will fit in a bottle.

sand bottles

To preserve my sand, I’ve used the following supplies:
-Sand (obviously)
-Various hoarded bottles–salsa jars, candle jars, wine & liquor bottles, and random jars purchased at the thrift store (I NEVER throw jars away–one of several of my qualities that may drive my husband to insanity)
-Knobs from the craft store and old furniture projects
-Various scrapbook papers, twine, and fabric scraps
-Shipping tags from the office supply store (I found mine by the cash register supplies)
Here’s a brief illustration of what I used:
summer decor
1.  Old Tequila bottle with shipping tag (normally I would remove the original labels from the bottles, but I like the labeling on this one and I thought Tequila was fitting for Mexican sand.)
2. Old wine bottle with scrapbook paper label
3. Yankee Candle jar with scrapbook paper decoupaged to the top to cover their logo, coral, and shipping tag
4. Jam jar with the lid and an old knob spray painted with copper spray paint, and scrapbook paper label
5. Herdez salsa jar with the lid spray painted gold, knob from Anthropologie, and shipping tag & scrapbook paper label
And just because a bottle has a logo you can’t remove, doesn’t mean you can’t use it.  I just wrapped twine around this old Jack Daniels bottle to cover the name and no one will ever know.  The top is a mercury glass knob from Hobby Lobby.
decorating with old bottles
I started collecting sand when I was in Jr.High, so this is something your kids can do now and take the memories with them when they leave home and continue the tradition with their own families, my collection spans almost 20 years!  Happy summer vacationing!
I’m Jenn from My Fabuless Life.  I’m passionate about being a wife and mother to my two-year-old daughter; truly the light of my life.  I started refinishing furniture and getting creative in high school when I wanted to make my spaces and hand-me-down furniture my own, but had to find a way to do it on the cheap.  My love of all things unique, creative and inexpensive has developed into my own business selling my furniture pieces and doing custom work, and making my house a home in my own unique way and on a budget. I’m a habitual DIYer and will attempt to do just about anything myself. My Fabuless Life began as a way to document and share my endless projects, my journey through motherhood and homemaking, and all of the ups and downs and trials errors of motherhood, homemaking, DIY, and the creative life.
A few of my other favorite projects:
Kitchen Cabinet to Entry Storage
Little Girls’ Pink Armoire
Child’s Office With a View
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  1. I love this idea and brought back some sand from spring break this year with plans to do something similar. I just regret not starting sooner, went to a lot of cool beaches before the kiddos were born and probably won’t be heading back to them for quite a while. :)

    I really like the eclectic mix of bottles you used and the labels… thanks for the inspiration. Heading over to check out your blog!

    posted by Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating on May 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#
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  2. This is a great idea! I see how it could really work for beaches that you drive to, but I’m wondering if you can bring sand back from Hawaii or Mexico. Don’t we have agriculture laws about that?

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

    posted by Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista on May 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm (#
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  3. I love the comment about jar hoarding…my Mr. and I always justify keeping all of ours by saying we’re saving for the day the “jar-pocalypse” arrives and there are no more jars. THEN who will be laughing, huh?

    posted by Erin the Creative Broad on May 19, 2012 at 11:56 am (#
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  4. What a beautiful display! Thanks for sharing.

    posted by Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers on May 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm (#
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  5. These bottles are GORGEOUS!! I’ve got sand from several beaches in hawaii, jamaica and we’re going on a cruise at the end of this year. Definitely going to be doing this with some of my jars (which, I too, NEVER throw away).
    I’m excited to continue checking out this fellow “iheart” blog :) My husband hearts budgets and I certainly heart nap time! :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    posted by mrs.iHB @ iheartbudgets.net on July 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm (#
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  6. Always great to locate another sand collector! Traveling home with sand can be a trick too (couple stories about it on my blog). Love the eclectic bottle collection.

    posted by Jorie on August 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#
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