Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

There I was in Goodwill, crawling through the housewares when I paused to check an alert on my phone. A friend’s photo popped up- of a gorgeous sunset on the beach- and when I went back to thrift shelf scanning, there it was. An older spice rack that someone else had painted purple, using it to house her button collection. But with the beach photo still burning a hole in my mind and the spice rack in front of me, I suddenly realized that that the two would work swimmingly together- as a beach sand collection display!

Vintage spice rack and glass bottles at thrift store for repurposing and upcycling craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I wish you weren’t purple, but I’ll nab you for your bottles…

And while I purchased the purple spice rack (for the bottles, really), I already had a plain one that wouldn’t need as much work to bring my vision to life. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a vintage spice rack into a beach sand collection display by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just as cute and NOT PURPLE!

Upcycling a vintage spice rack into a beach sand collection display by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t these be perfect for holding beach sand?

So, I had this picture in my head- of a dozen glass spice jars filled with sand from beaches across the globe. But…how would I accomplish this for a blog post (because I’d need pictures to showcase all types of different sand)?? I only had beach sand from a couple of my trips! That’s when I decided to put a call out on my Facebook page for some audience participation: Who would be willing to send me some beach sand from where you live or where you’ve traveled to?

And just like that, the happy mail started to arrive- from Europe, and Canada, the States, and beyond…

Creating a beach sand collection display in an upcycled vintage spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I heart you guys so much!

A special bloggy thanks to Vintage Picks by Jen, Annie H., Tracy S., Helen Jane P., Stephanie Joy, and my friends, Jerry & Teri for the sand samples!

Once I had all the sand samples I needed for my photos, I created some labels and printed them on full-page labels I bought on Amazon.

Filling vintage glass spice jars with beach sand to create a sand collection display by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now let’s bring my vision to life!

My darling little “laboratory” measuring cups were perfect for pouring sand for my sand collection display into each glass spice bottle, using my craft funnels as well.

Filling vintage glass spice jars with beach sand to create a sand collection display by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I loved getting photos and maps of where the sand came from!

And that was it- instant beach sand collection, labeled and displayed. I also didn’t paint this spice rack, as I sometimes hear readers gripe that I paint EVERYTHING and never leave well enough alone!

How to display a beach sand collection using a repurposed vintage spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

But as luck would have it, I found yet another spice rack (sans glass bottles, unfortunately) that needed a little repair work, and I went ahead and painted it to see which one I preferred! I also turned the bottles around in the sand collection display so you could see how different they all are.

How to display a beach sand collection using a repurposed vintage spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just don’t season your food with these…

The scientist in me really loved the variation in color and granule size. My favorite is the sand from O’ahu that looked like teeny tiny pebbles.

Upcycled spice jars used to display beach sand collection in repurposed spice rack from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Geeking out over sand!

So, if you’re a beach sand collector and have been looking for a fun way to display your beach sand collection, then maybe an outdated spice rack is exactly what you’ve been looking for- painted or not!

DIY sand collection display project using a repurposed spice rack and glass spice bottles by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for all your beach vacation memories…

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Now for a fun little surprise! I’m giving away the unpainted spice rack and some glass spice bottles for you to create your own beach sand collection display or something else entirely. Make sure you subscribe to my blog (or are already an existing subscriber), and follow all my social media accounts to get as many entries as possible. PLEASE NOTE, however, that I do check these and have eliminated winners in the past for not being truthful…
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Such a fun beach sand collection display project, right? And don’t forget, I have a full collection of other upcycled craft projects with a coastal vibe, if you need more DIY inspiration.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Nancy Robinson says:

    Lovely! What a great idea. I will be doing this also!

  2. I have done this with mason jars, added a photo from our trip and a tag for the date and location. Only wish I had done this for prior trips. Maybe I should reach out and request a bit of sand from those areas!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I suppose it can never hurt to ask, right? And I agree…I REALLY wish I had done this for all of my trips, especially the ones overseas.

  3. Charleen Adams says:

    Miss Sadie ,I like both versions. The blue looks good with the labels,that have blue in them. I love blue,so you can paint anything in the color and I am. happy!!I haven’t seen a spice rack like yours in forever. I know you will find an ingenious use for the purple rack in the future.😊

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so much, Charleen- that’s why I’m giving away the unpainted version, in case others have a hard time finding one!

  4. My sister has been doing this for years! But her spice rack isn’t near as pretty as yours. Pinning and share with her so she can see how to transform hers with a pretty beach vibe.

  5. omg’sh- this is adorable!!! Hate to say it against the “non painters” but the beachy blue is what sells this!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Scotty! And I agree, I much prefer the blue one…but I’m hoping the anti-painters appreciate my efforts. 😉

  6. Love this! I can see it hanging in a condo on a warm beach! The color really makes this 🙂 You amaze me as usual 🙂

  7. Vickie Williams says:

    This was a great idea!

  8. What a cute and creative idea, I love it! Have a wonderful week!

  9. Nancy M. says:

    Love this idea… the labels are just the right touch. I’m leaning towards the blue!

  10. Sadie, this is so clever, I love the coastal look, especially the aqua/turquoise color!!
    I would love to have you stop by and share this and other ideas on Oh My Heartsie Girls parties!!
    Have a great week!

  11. Such a great idea, I love it! I have only collected shells, sea glass, and driftwood from my beach travels, now I will have to add sand! I have to say, I love them both painted and wood tone.

  12. I love the blue one but even more, I love how all these folks went to the trouble of sending you a bit of their lovely beach sand. It makes for a lovely pay it forward story that makes you feel good!

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