Thursday, July 19, 2012

I Feel Cheap.....and Beachy!

I know you're not supposed to say cheap.  You're supposed to say inexpensive or thrifty.  But this project came in at about $5.00 total and I'm callin it cheap!
Remember back in this post when I told you I felt something glitzy and beachy comin on?  Well, it's coming on strong.  So much so that I've added yet a new color to my decor!  You'll be seeing more of this beautiful pale aquamarine color in the very near future because right now I am in love with it and I have a couple of people to thank for that, like Natalie at Northshore Days who makes this kind of gorgeous stuff:
and Della at Del's Shells, who makes me swoon for the beach with these beauties:
Anyway, regardless of who is responsible.....I'm gettin my beach on and I'm starting with this Candle/Diffuser Beach Dish:
I love it for three was inexpensive, it's a candle and it's diffuser that smells all fresh and oceany.
I picked up the dish at the thrift store for a dollar and the reed diffuser came from the Dollar Tree so you know it was a dollar.  Everything else I already had.

Here's the story morning glory:
I wrapped the little wooden ring that came with the reed diffuser in some garden twine and glued on a little starfish charm.
I put some Alene's Tacky Glue on the base of the diffuser and just dipped it in a bowl of pearly/bubbly-looking beads.

I poured some sand in that silver dish from the thrift store. I gathered a tea candle, some beads, some glass stones and a gold shell charm and added them to the sand with the reed diffuser and there ya go....instant beachiness, ambiance included!
 Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go put on my swimsuit, light my candle and I may or may not fix myself a drink with an umbrella in it!
It Pays To Be Cheap Linking up to any or all of these fine parties:


  1. I was just going to say, the only thing missing was a tropical drink and then you even mentioned that :). What a fun project. I can only imagine you smiled the entire time you made it. I love cheap projects :)

  2. Oh oh oh Danni - that is sooooooooo gorgeous! I'm jealous - I may need to get me a diffuser thingy now and copy you. Wow I love it and can totally picture having cocktails in your swimsuit with your candle burning. Love it!
    Aw and thanks for the shout out - I'm craving some beach time at the moment xxx

  3. I'm a sucker for anything beachy. Love this!!

  4. You are so creative! I love me some beach:)

  5. Danni, that is so smart and pretty...and CHEAP!!! LOL. I totally saw your title and thought what you said about inexpensive and thrify before I read on! GOT ME ;)

  6. Oh, Danni, you have to have a whole coconut tropical cocktail in a glitzy silver teeny bikini to match the standard of your teeny beach! Happy tanning!

  7. What's wrong with cheap? ;)
    Lovin' this, like a beach on a plate. So gorgeous!

  8. Beach on a plate, I LOVE it! You are so clever. I hope you enjoyed your cocktail and aren't too hung over cause we are awaiting your next creation. . . . LOL!

  9. Two things I love about DIY projects:

    1. Affordable
    2. Functional

    oh and a third one too:

    3. Pretty!!

    Visiting via the Pomp Party Hop


  10. That is so pretty! It definitely feels beachy! And that's hard to come by in good ole land locked Missouri. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  11. Everythings so pretty!!! And $5 is cheap indeed :))


  12. Cheap is always good ... especially when it doesn't look like it! Great job and thank you for sharing on The "Sunday Stop"!

  13. Oh my goodness, how simple was that to dip that bottle in the pearly beads and it's fantastic! I just love that look!

  14. So beautiful! That bottle looks very expensive with those beads! Love it. Megan

  15. I love beachy things too. This looks great! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  16. Terrific idea. More thoughts for my beach themed bridal shower. Thanks for sharing it at the All Star Block Party.

  17. Too funny - lol I am always telling my daughter to not use the word cheap - :-) great idea!

  18. I'm with you cheap is always nice. Such cute stuff. I am now following you on linky and GFC. I would love for you to visit, follow back and maybe even link up on my Monday linky party.
    Marcie @ I Gotta Try That

  19. This is really cute. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  20. I'm follower 200! I'm excited to follow you and love the cute beach items you have. Would love if you followed back at

  21. It may be ''cheap'' but it doesn't look it!! Love it!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  22. Danni, I love how this turned out! Featuring it this afternoon! ;)