The dollar store has different types of candles and vases.  I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

$3 Nantucket Sand and Candle Vases

Jade Lee

We moved into our new home in January, and I’ve been adding a few new details to our décor.  Staying in the rustic, Nantucket theme that I have had for the past few years has made my heart smile. 

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The first day at our new home this year!

Our journey has been very interesting whereas we have lived in seven homes since we have been married.  That would be seven homes in eleven years!  And the house we now live in is our first non-ministry home with a bit of privacy.

Here is a glimpse of our past ministry-home living:

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In the back yard of one of our ministry homes we built a beautiful gazebo to entertain a ministry tour and then used it to have nice events in the city. This house was converted from a drug house to a positive neighborhood home.

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In one of our old homes where we used to entertain guests and where as missionaries we would help people living on the streets.

Thanksgiving in our second to last home.

Thanksgiving in our second to last home.

Spending time with family and others at one of our ministry homes.

Spending time with family and others at one of our ministry homes.

Living in community has been a blessing (very exciting, never a dull moment) and helped us use our gift of being adoptive, but being out on our own (at least a bit) has also been very restful, enjoyable and restorative for our family.

Living in Community has meant Living with people in our living room, knocking at our front door and sometimes in all of our bedrooms free of charge.  It has been very exciting, rewarding and worth it all!

Over the years, I have been blessed to “make due” with our extremely minimal ministry budget, and my very expensive tasteCreativity has become my best friend and I am finally, after 11 years, getting enough alone time to share some of these diy projects with you!

Bringing the outdoors in creates a very restful, natural feel for me, with such a busy life, and I desire to experience a retreat environment when I return home.

I made these Nantucket Sand Vases for only $3 at the Dollar Tree but they look much more expensive than that!

It was only $1 for each of the items in this picture (the bag of sand, the vase and the candle).

It was only $1 for each of the items in this picture (the bag of sand, the vase and the candle).

Pray that I do not overdue it at the Dollar Tree, it is less than one minute from my home and my creative mind gets so excited when I walk into that store. 

First you buy a bag of sand, a candle, and a vase of any size or shape, fill the vase with sand and gently press your candle into the vase.  Then you have a nice display.

The dollar store has different types of candles and vases. I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

The dollar store has different types of candles and vases. I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

You can choose either white or cream sand.  They come in bags of only $1 each.

For a more sparkly, glam option, you can do the same with Epsom Salt and/or faux pearls:

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Source This would look great in a spa like restroom, a makeup vanity or glammy office!

I was also able to place them in different sections of my sweet and quiet home, they add a little more of an ocean feel in the midst of cool, winter weather:

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On a console table behind one of my couches.

On a console table behind one of my couches.

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Everything in this image was either thrifted, given to me or brought from the outdoors then crafted into something wonderful :-)

And here are a few more ways to creatively do the Nantucket sand vase, adding glitz, glamour and glow to your atmosphere, dorm, home, or even wedding decor:

You can add shells to your glass vases in different sizes, shapes and heights to create a wedding centerpiece, add beauty to shelf, and use epsom salt for more glam in a boring room!

Source How soothing and restful!

Source How soothing and restful!  You can get this Pottery Barn look for a few dollars at the Dollar Tree.  

Or you can add a pretty flower in peach, pink or white to add a bit of color (except for the white flower lol) to your matching decor.  What really sets this off is the sequin table clothe under it:

Source This is such a pretty display with sand, candles and elegant flowers.

Source This is such a pretty display with sand, candles and elegant flowers.

You can find the full tutorial and more lovely pics here:

Source With a few easy steps you can save beacoup dollars on your wedding decor or a well planned summer party!

Source With a few easy steps you can save beacoup dollars on your wedding decor or a well planned summer party!

And you can get a more everyday look if you aren’t into all the glitz and glamour by using a rustic, milk or mason jar:

Source Rustic yet beautiful...

Source Rustic yet beautiful…

Now all you have to do to add more beauty to your hectic life is GO.  You don’t have to be rich or break the bank to get a quiet, pretty atmosphere, no matter what season of life you find yourself in…a bit of creativity and a lot of love will get you exactly what you want in your home or at your event- even if it’s on a Super Tight Budget Missionary Budget like mine has been for years!

Our Need for More Becomes a Schoolmaster for Creativity Once We Obtain Contentment! -Jade Lee

2 replies
  1. Amonie R.
    Amonie R. says:

    I love DIYs! This is such a beautiful and affordable way to decorate my dorm room. I have lived in a dorm room for 4 years, this year being my 4th & I have never actually taken the time to make my space my own. This year I plan to! I am a biology major and school can get a bit intense. I believe that everyone should be able to find peace, comfort and contentment in there home (currently, my home is my dorm). This is a very classy way to add that unique quality & beauty to my space, and it’s a start to making my dorm my own.

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    • Jade Lee
      Jade Lee says:

      Yes, I’ll have to add a post on dorm room ideas just for you love! Our atmsopheres are Everything when it comes to health and peace, they rrally do help make all the difference!

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