Create the perfect table decoration for a beach wedding or summer event with a seashell and starfish centerpiece. It's not too difficult to make your own centerpiece as most materials can be found in almost any craft store. Use your creativity and imagination and you'll be able to to create beautiful centerpieces using seashells and starfish and other things that remind you of the ocean.
Candle centerpieces always add a dramatic effect to any table no matter the occasion. Purchase pillar candles in different shapes and sizes, paraffin wax and a bag of small seashells and starfish from a craft store. Melt the paraffin wax over a double boiler. While it's melting, press the seashells onto the sides of the candle. To make the seashells stick, hold the candle by the wick and dip it into the hot wax several times. Place the dipped candles on a tray and decorate around the arrangement using the starfish. For a different kind of seashell candle centerpiece, you can place tea light wicks in different-sized seashells, fill them with wax and group them at the table's center.
Use clear glass vases and bowls to create seashell and starfish centerpieces. Vases and bowls are available in different sizes and can be mixed and matched to create a centerpiece with varying heights. Fill each vase or bowl about halfway full with sand. Place a candle in the center of each container. Decorate the container by placing seashells and starfish along the sides on top of the sand. Alternatively, you can just fill a bowl with sand, seashells and starfish without the candle. For the finishing touch, wrap the bottom of the vase with raffia or a rope made of cotton or sea grass.
Lanterns are available in different styles, sizes and colors and can form the basis for starfish and seashell centerpieces. Use a group of lanterns in varying sizes or one large lantern for your centerpiece. Place the lanterns directly on the table or on a wooden tray, scattering some seashells and starfish around for the finishing touch to your centerpiece. Look for different ways to display the seashells and starfish in your centerpiece, such as leaning some starfish against the lantern rather than just having them lie flat on the tray. Complete the look by placing a candle inside each lantern.
Wood or Basket Centerpiece
You can create a centerpiece using seashells and starfish by starting with a large wicker basket or wooden bowl. Simply fill the basket or bowl with various kinds of seashells and starfish in different sizes. If you use a shallow, elongated wooden bowl or tray, you can line it with candles and place the seashells and starfish around the wooden container. Don't hesitate to add other things to your centerpiece, such as sand dollars, corals and cut tropical flowers like orchids or hibiscus.
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