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DIY Coastal Candle In a Jar



I can’t believe fall is here. Especially due to the overwhelming heat & humidity here in Coastal Carolina. As much as I love the fall, it’s a bit confusing since it feels like summer. Alas, I’m making the best of what I have to work with decor wise since everything is pretty much still summery and green.


I am excited to be sharing this post alongside a group of fun bloggers. Together we each creating our own unique jar. So, naturally, I am creating “nature in a jar.”

A few miles away, I can gather shells from the beach. One jar will be transformed into a coastal candle holder and the other jar, a mixture of pine cones, acorns, and rustic leaves.

 What You Need:

  • 1 large heritage jar
  • large jar
  • shells
  • candle

I am lucky to be close to the beach, so I always have an abundance of shells handy. This jar will be the perfect size to create a candle holder for my living space.



Fill the jar halfway with a mixture of shells. Dig a little hole to place the candle holder.


Thank you to the Jar Store for supplying the Heritage Jars! I also want to thanks Patty from Garden Matter for doing a fabulous job in organizing this challenge. Please stop by and visit the other blogger’s pretty projects below.


Garden Matters 

At Home With Jemma

Garden Up Green

To Work With My Hands

Simple Nature Decor

Farmhouse 40





  1. Maria this is great and I love the natural elements. For me fall is about texture and normally cooler temperatures but it’s still hot and humid in our area too and can I say I just need a good 5 or 10 degree cold front to sweep through.

    The shells are also wonderful, I love the water so anything coastal just makes me smile. grew up in the pacific northwest and my Dad was a fisherman so picking up seashells and discovering interesting creatures on the beach was always a fun activity. Enjoyed your project and it’s so neat to have you a part of this group. Hope you have a good week.

    1. Pacific northwest is absolutely beautiful, Have your been there lately, beautiful part of the country.

  2. Maria, we both seem to love our candles in displays!

    Love the natural elements in your jars. Plus, I’m envious of those rustic shelves you have.! They are beautiful!

    1. My husband idea to add the shelves and happy he did.Can’t wait to see yours.

  3. Hi Maria,

    As a nature lover myself I really like all your suggestions for filling the jars. They are great for displaying pretty things and you showed just that. Thanks for joining us and being a pleasure to work with.

    1. Glad you love nature too, I love your garden projects they are so beautiful, heading to your blog now.

    1. Thanks Fall is such a great season, so many project to create with items that you can find in your back yard.

  4. Very nice and I love the natural choices that you have added to your jars-so pretty!
    Great working with youtoo!

  5. Love the simplicity of this and how they look with your decor. BTW very clever using plumbing pipes as the brackets for your reclaimed wood shelves, very industrial!!!

  6. A woman after my own heart. Maria, I too have a whole bunch of jars that are full of beach pebbles. I can’t find many shells but pebbles are plentiful at my beaches. The shells look fantastic in the jars.

  7. Maria – your jars are lovely and I love how you used differing elements in each jar to create contrast. I love the coastal jar too. We’re not as close to the beach, but less than 2 hours and I so love to go. I just snagged a great idea for my shell collection. 🙂
    It was so fun working with you on this challenge, Maria!

    1. Karen, Thanks for such a lovely comment! 2 hour is pretty close for a drive! Thanks Maria

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