I purchased a few items from Michael's - 2 twine wrapped bottles, 2 glass containers with rope handles, 2 bags of decorative sand - to add to my collection of seashells and candles.
I was on the look out for two unique items for the center sections that would provide the tallest vertical element. I popped into World Market yesterday and found a pair of wood carved sea gulls on sale. I like how one of the gulls is slightly shorter and smaller than the other. They were the perfect finishing touch to the display.
Here's how I placed the variety of items in the 8 sections:
- large white candles in the end sections
- twine wrapped bottles next to candles
- larger rope handled glass containers (filled with sand and small candle
- two wood carved sea gulls in the two center sections (World Market)
I filled in around the candles, bottles, and glass containers with seashells. Another nice option would be seaglass or driftwood pieces. I like the texture of the shells against the wooden base.
You could easily modify this design for a wooden tray or basket. Chose 3-7 items depending on size of tray/basket to create your own unique table top design. It looks best (don't ask my why) to keep your design elements in an odd number. You may already have a few summery items tucked away that would work perfectly for this project.