How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden Spice Rack

How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden 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. A wooden 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- to display a sand collection / beach souvenirs!

Wooden spice rack at thrift store to be upcycled into collection display ideas for beach souvenirs by Sadie Seasongoods

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. So many people collect sand from their favorite beach vacations, and this would be a terrific way to display a sand collection! 

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Upcycling a Wooden Spice Rack into a Sand Collection Display

Recycling the glass spice jars to hold a sand collection would be quick and easy. But, I had a slight problem…

Recycling glass or glass spice jars to display a sand collection in a wooden spice rack by Sadie Seasongoods

I only had beach sand from a couple of my own beach vacations and trips! But for the purposes of this blog post, I was going to need A LOT MORE SAND!

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…

Sand collecting from beaches all over the world to display in a wooden spice rack for coastal decor by Sadie Seasongoods

** A special blogging 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 samples of beach sand I needed for my photos, I created some labels of the beach names and printed them on full-page labels I bought on Amazon.

Making labels with beach names to use on sand collection in a wooden spice rack by Sadie Seasongoods

I used my “scientific” measuring cups to pour the beach sand into the glass spice jars. My craft funnels came in handy for this, too.

Recycling glass from wooden spice rack to display sand collection that has been labeled with beach names by Sadie Seasongoods

And that was it- now I just needed to do this will my entire sand collection!

Displaying a sand collection in a wooden spice rack as spice rack ideas for upcycling and repurposed projects by Sadie Seasongoods

I also didn’t paint this spice rack. I sometimes hear readers gripe that I paint EVERYTHING and never leave well enough alone!

Even though I made labels with the beach names on them for this beach sand collection, you could display it this way…

Spice rack ideas for recycling glass and displaying a beach sand collection or beach souvenirs by Sadie Seasongoods

Or with the beach names facing out!

How to display a sand collection in a wooden spice jar from the thrift store as coastal decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Displaying a Sand Collection in a Wooden Spice Rack

As luck would have it, I found yet another spice rack that just needed a little repair work. After I fixed it up, I went ahead and painted it to see which one I preferred!

Using a wooden spice rack from the thrift store for a sand collection of beach souvenirs with labels of beach names by Sadie Seasongoods

Which coastal decor do you prefer? The painted version (above) or the naked version (below)?

Coastal decor from sand collecting and recycling glass spice jars to display some beach souvenirs and sand collection by Sadie Seasongoods

The scientist in me loved studying all the different sand grains, too! My favorite is the sand from O’ahu that looked like teeny tiny pebbles.

Comparing grain size in a sand collection from beach names all over the world by Sadie Seasongoods

Either way you go about it, a wooden spice rack is simply ideal for displaying a beach sand collection. From recycling the glass spice jars, to creating labels with beach names, it ends up being creative storage AND coastal decor.

How to display a beach sand collection by recycling glass spice jars in a wooden spice rack for coastal decor by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for coastal decor, then you may also be interested in my coastal farmhouse candles! As you can tell, I just love beach themed decor.

Beach theme decor or coastal home decor with glass candle holders, chicken wire, and seaglass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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. 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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