Easy Coastal Chic Decorating

Coastal chic decorating is by far one of the easiest decorating styles to achieve and is perfect for summer styling or for any time of the year… especially if you live at the beach.

I made this driftwood candle holder for our outdoor dining table, to add some texture and visual impact.



One of the joys of living opposite the beach is watching first hand the daily changes that take place along the shoreline.

Last week we had stormy weather, which brought with it high tides and rough seas. Our pristine white sandy stretch of beach was left littered with sea debris, rocks and what seemed like tons of driftwood.

Most days something comes home in my pocket from my morning walk on the beach… this week I took a bucket with me to fill with driftwood for a few crafty projects.



I love the faded and weathered look of driftwood and it works so well with shabby coastal chic decorating.

I usually clean anything I bring home from the beach using a mix of bleach and water in a 1:9 ratio. Simply soak in a bucket of the solution overnight or even a few days and then leave in the sun to completely dry out. This is particularly good for shells that seem to harbor that unpleasant sea smell.

For this project, all I needed was my clean driftwood in varying sizes, a large white candle and a ball of white crochet cotton.



I cut 4 lengths of cotton, approximately double the circumference of my candle.

Next, I lined up my row of driftwood and started tying the pieces together with the cotton; two strands at the top and two strands at the bottom.

When my row of driftwood was long enough to surround my candle, I simply wrapped it around my candle and tied the two ends of the cotton together.



This is a super quick and easy project, but one that definitely adds a little coastal chic to your decorating.


You can see more fun, crafty projects and tutorials on my blog, Shabby Art Boutique.

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Happy crafting,


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  1. Kerryanne,
    I love the simplicity of your design. It makes a big impact with a natural finding from the environment around you.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  2. Thanks Karen. Having an all white decorating theme, I find the soft greys of driftwood a nice way to add a little colour without taking away from the shabby whites… and we definitely have a big supply of driftwood!

  3. Kerryanne, that is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Love this candle holder, Kerryanne!
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  5. Hello Kerryanne!!!

    I was on pinterest looking at candles and absolutely love the creativity displayed in this simple candle! Pretty much amazing! And so easy!!! Will def. put this into the works so thanks for sharing!

    I’m in the process of starting up my candle co. and am kicking it off with a free ipad air 2 giveaway!!! Would love it if you shared it (no press if you don’t want to though). ctt.ec/x7Vf9+

    Again…thanks for sharing your beautiful idea!

  6. LOVE this candle, and it is so easy to do for a coastal kitchen or room (if you have access to that beautiful driftwood). Thanks for sharing!

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