Casual Beachy Summer Centerpiece

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I mentioned last week that we were on vacation at the beach for three weeks. Unfortunately, we're home now. Blah. While it is good to be home, I am going through a little bit of beach withdrawal, so I decided to come make up a beachy, seashell-y, summer centerpiece to bring a little bit of beach back to Pennsylvania.

Now here's the thing. I have noticed that when I go shopping when I'm on vacation, I totally get sucked up in the style and decor of wherever I am. When we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon, I came back with several items that featured orchids, pineapples and palm trees. And every year at the shore, I get a few new beachy decorations to take home.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

And you know what happens when I get home from these vacations? I look at what I brought back and realize that it doesn't fit with the style of my house and actually looks ridiculous anywhere I try to put it.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

So for this centerpiece, I decided to go low-key. Sure there are seashells, but there are also flowers and burlap. Because who doesn't love burlap? I also love that everything can easily be switched out for whatever season you'd like. Instead of shells, try using seeds, nuts and mini pumpkins for fall or faux snow, pine cones and ornaments for Christmas.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

Everything was crazy easy to put together. I used some shells I found on the beach as well as some that I had on hand, but you can always find bags of seashells at craft stores, and I see them all the time at Home Goods as well.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

Creating the Beach-Inspired Centerpiece

To create the centerpiece, I started with a large cylinder vase {I got it at Walmart for about $4 or $5}. I placed a smaller glass vase inside, surrounded it with shells and placed my flowers inside.

  Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

Then I wrapped it with some 5" burlap ribbon. To make the lighter burlap flower, I pleated a piece of 2.5" burlap ribbon and secured it in a circle. I then tacked on a jute rosette {you can find a tutorial on how to make the jute rosette here} and attached everything to the vase.

  Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

Finally, I scrunched up a long piece of the 5" burlap ribbon in the middle of the table, placed my vase in the center and sprinkled the seashells all around.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

I just love how it turned out. It's simple and beautiful, but without being over-the-top, in-your-face beachy.

Create a casual, beachy summer centerpiece in just minutes with some flowers, a couple of vases, some burlap ribbon and some seashells.

I think it would be perfect for a backyard barbecue, a laid-back dinner party or even just a run-of-the-mill Thursday night. Nothing says you can't get fancy with your family dinners!

 

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Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a freelance writer and editor who lives in central Pennsylvania with my husband and three boys. Yeah. That’s a lot of testosterone in one house. I love decorating, DIYing, crafting, baking, and cooking, and I’m constantly scouring everything I see for inspiration. My ideas can come from anywhere: Pinterest, books, magazines, stores, TV shows, websites, other blogs, other people’s homes, nature. You name it, and I’ve gotten an idea from it. {Literally. I selected the color scheme for our family room from a pocket pack of tissues. Totally not making that up.} I hope to teach others that, if you really pay attention to the world around you, you can get inspiration from anything! I love to hear from readers, so be sure to leave me a comment! Or, if you’d prefer to email me, you can do that too — just visit my contact form. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Jenn says:

    This is just gorgeous!!!

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