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Beach in a Jar


Learn how to make this Beach in a Jar craft and get ready for summer!


Earlier in February Madison and I spent an entire day in the Bahamas at Disney's Castaway Cay. It was beautiful and reminded me so much of the Caribbean where I originally grew up. Sun, sand and sea, all the things the Caribbean is known for. It also made me a little homesick. that's where the idea of this beach in a jar craft came from. While at Disney's Castaway Cay, Madison picked up a few shells and brought them back home with her and it's a great way to remember her vacation. 


There's nothing quite like the Caribbean and their beaches. Sure there are beaches here in the US, but nothing quite as clear as the beaches in the Caribbean sea where you can see all the way to the bottom. Where you can see your feet in the water. I remember going to the beach every weekend with my aunt and cousins. We would walk the 15-20 minutes from my house to the beach around noon, after lunch, and then stay until the sun went down. We would watch the fishermen catch their fish so they can resell to the public, climb guava trees and eat gru-gru (a hard nut from a tree). Those were the good ole days and oh how I miss them. There really is no place like home and this beach in the jar reminds me very much of the home that I miss.

Beach in a Jar

Supplies Needed:

Mason Jars with Clasps
Sand
Sea Charms
Sea Shells
Assorted Rocks


Directions:

Step 1: Add a layer of sand at the bottom of your mason jar

Step 2: Combine rocks and shells on top of the layer of sand 

Step 3: Attach your charm to the clasp of your jar using the links. 


That's it! You're done and it was so easy to do. 

Note: I decided to paint the clasps of my mason jar with a copper spray paint that I had instead of keeping them silver, since my charms were gold. While I wish I had a gold can of spray paint, I thought the copper turned out really well. If you decide on using silver charms, there won't be a need to change the color. 


Annmarie John
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  1. I want some gru-gru!
    These are as beautiful as I imagined. Cassidy grew up going to Cape Cod every summer and I think a jar like this would give him a lot of happiness. (and me)

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    1. Cape Cod sounds really good right now and I can imagine how happy it would make anyone. Might bring back some really great memories.

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  2. OMG,this is the cutest thing ever! We love the beach. In fact, we try to take beach vacation at least every other year. I would love these in our home.

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    1. You should definitely make them to commemorate your trip to the beach. I plan on visiting the Caribbean soon and experiencing a real beach first hand again.

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  3. This is amazing! My daughter would love one of these jars. She's a huge fan of the beach.

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    1. Then you can make one and surprise her with it. I'm very sure she'll love the surprise since she loves the beach.

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  4. What a fun DIY activity. We are planning a beach trip soon, so we will definitely try this. It'll be a great memento to bring home! Also, I love your purple hair!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. Oh a beach trip sounds really nice. I wish I could go on one right now myself.

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  5. What a cute idea! I remember going to lake powell last year and wanting to take it back with me! This would be such a cute idea and i know my kids would love making it!

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    1. Oh whenever I visit the beach I want to bring it back home with me. Living in Colorado we see lots of mountains but no beach close by unfortunately. :(

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  6. I love the beach so much and having grown up on the East Coast in NY wishing driving distance to the beach truly is still my happy place. I even collected seashells when I was kid. I still have a box of them saved here and so could use them to make this. Definitely going to try and seriously the perfect craft to easily make and display as the warmer weather makes its way back here soon :)

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    1. Oh this is a great way to use those seashells. Tell a story about how much fun you had collecting them. The kids would LOVE it.

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  7. AUGH! Were was this post like three weeks ago when we went on our Star Wars cruise? I wish I'd thought of doing something like this. We visited several beaches.

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    1. Sorry you couldn't have done it weeks ago but it's never too late. Did you bring back some shells with you? If not then that's ok. There'll be other times.

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  8. Oh man, these make me homesick! I grew up on the Florida beaches, and haven't been back really since I was a teenager. I miss the sand, the salt air ... everything.

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    1. Oh I can totally understand that. I haven't been back to the Caribbean in a few years myself and I miss it too.

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  9. I live in Brazil, and everyone says, "Oh, the beaches there look wonderful!" Except I'm about 2 hours inland! I need this to feel more "Brazilian" I guess! :)

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    1. Hahaha, well that's always an idea, or you can just take some time to go to the beach. I've always wanted to visit Brazil, maybe I'll do so in a few years.

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  10. I have been making these since I was a kid. I love this idea so much!

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    1. That is amazing! When I lived in the Caribbean I didn't think of making them. Now that I'm far away with no beach in sight, it just makes sense.

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  11. I love the Caribbean! The beaches are really unmatched. This is such a cool craft idea for beachlovers.

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    1. Oh yes the Caribbean, the beautiful Caribbean! You're right, there really is nothing like it. Have you visited?

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I want to make my own now! <3 Love it.

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    1. And make it you should! If you don't have access to a real beach then the craft supplies can be easily found at a supply store.

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  13. What a nice way to take a piece of the vacation home with you. The jar ended up looking so pretty! It will be a nice reminder of your time on the beach!

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    1. Madison got a few shells but I didn't grab anything that would have been enough for this craft. It is however a nice reminder of my time on the beach.

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  14. I love this, Annmarie! I'm not crafty, so I never would have thought of spray painting the metal part.
    By the way, the picture of you and your daughter is gorgeous. My daughters would love it if we had matching purple hair!

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    1. Thank you. I'm not very crafty myself either but since the metal part was silver and I had no silver charms, I figured why not change it. I wish I had gold but the copper turned out nice enough.

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  15. This is such a great way. Talk about a fun way to keep a memory from a beach trip.

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    1. Yes it really is and I have to say it would be a great way to keep those memories alive, besides photos of course.

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  16. Well that is a very clever way to keep a memento and I imagine it can be done for other visits other than just the beach. Richard B.

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    1. Oh I'm pretty sure that it can be done for other visits, and I might just have to think of other ways to do so.

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  17. I collect shells from different beaches. This would be a wonderful place to put them! A little tag to identify the location and I am set!

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    1. Yes I agree it would be. You can even do a tag for each of them so it can remind you exactly of where you've been.

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  18. What a cute idea! But, I'd recommend making sure it's culturally acceptable. You wouldn't want to take anything home from Hawaii`i for fear of Pele's wrath!

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    1. That's good to know but since all the supplies can be found at your craft store, yes you can just do it that way instead, although I'm sure it wouldn't be bad to take a few sea shells with you.

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  19. This is such a beautiful way to showcase your beach treasures. A lovely reminder of your trip every time you see it too!

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    1. Yes it sure is and every time you see it you will be reminded of the beautiful beach that you wish you could be back upon, especially in the winter. 😉

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  20. My roommates room is a complete beach theme and we both love doing DIY crafts so I'm saving this and can't wait to show her! This is too cute, thank you!

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    1. Oh I'm sure that she'll appreciate the gesture and you both can do it together. Or better yet, surprise her with one that you made for her.

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  21. What a great idea, I really love the beach and live so far away from one now. It would be fun to have something like this!

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    1. You can either buy the supplies and make it or the next time you're at the beach get the supplies there. Great reminder of the beach that you love.

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  22. That's great that you used your amazing experience to create something fun from it. I'm sure my daughter would love to put together something like this. Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. You're very welcome Elliott and yes, I've been wanting to do something like this for quite some time now and it looks amazing in my home.

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  23. I will have to remember to pick up some sand and pretty sea shells the next time we go to the beach. This is such a wonderful keepsake to remind me of a lovely beach vacation.

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    1. That would be great and if you forget, you can always get the supplies at your local craft store which is what I did, since Madison didn't want to give up her seashells. 😀

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  24. I love this. It's a great reminder of that fabulous place you visited. Nice

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    1. Yes it is, but it reminds me more of my homeland than it does of the Castaway Cay. While I LOVED the Castaway Cay, there is no place like home.

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  25. This is such a great idea! I've seen sand in a jar on Pinterest but I think adding those cute seashells adds a lot of memories and cuteness!! I really love this! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome Toni and sand in a jar is a little different from having the beach in the jar, minus the water of course.

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  26. Such a precious keepsake. The copper did turn out well. I like this project, and I hope too, to visit a place where the water is clear enough to see your feet. I love our ocean, but you definitely aren't seeing very far into the water.

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    1. Thank you, I think the copper turned out well too. The Caribbean is so beautiful, you're going to have to visit it one day. I think you'll love it.

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  27. This is a fantastic idea. I have sand I saved from all the different beaches I have been to. I will have to get the supplies I need to make some.

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    1. Oh the supplies aren't that expensive and since you have the sand already all you're going to need is the shells etc. Should be fun.

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  28. Our Family WorldMarch 1, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Wow This is absolutely brilliant idea! What a nice place to visit!

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    1. Yes the Castaway Cay was really beautiful and I'm hoping to visit it again one day. We had an amazing time there.

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  29. I love your hair!! So pretty, purple is one of my favorite hair colors!! These jars are a great idea for capturing memories of beautiful places you've been!

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    1. Oh purple is my favorite color too, you might have noticed the color purple throughout the blog. You can do so much with mason jars, just let your imagination take over.

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  30. Beach in a Jar is a great way to keep the memory of a great vacation or day fresh. It would be fun to collect one from every beach and compare them.

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    1. That sounds like an excellent idea. I know where I grew up in the Caribbean we had both black and white sand beaches.

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  31. This sounds like an excellent way to remember home.
    You and your daughter look so pretty.

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    1. Thank you and yes it is a great way to remember the islands I grew up on. I do miss the beaches, the food and the people.

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  32. First of all your hair rocks! We adore Castaway Cay and it is so nice to have such a gorgeous reminder of your trip. These would make great party favors.

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    1. Thank you Vicky. Castaway Cay was amazing wasn't it? I didn't think of party favors but maybe in smaller containers they might just be fun to make, or have the guests make them theirselves.

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  33. I couldn't stop smiling at that beautiful photo of you and your daughter and your purple strands.... It made my day. Love the seashells in a jar too.

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    1. Oh thank you, she wanted to have purple hair like me and I obliged. She pretty much rocks it better than I do.

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  34. This is such a lovely idea, and I adore the charms you've found for it, they are really really cute! Love how you could have a jar from every holiday abroad:) x

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    1. Oh finding the charms was the hardest part. They had sooo many and I had no idea which ones to get but I eventually settled on this set and one bigger one.

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  35. This looks like a neat craft idea. My children are always looking for a way to save their beach memories. The jar would work well for that.

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    1. Oh then this will be great for them. My kids haven't been to a beach in quite some time and I know they're looking forward to going this summer.

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  36. What a fantastic idea! We are beach lovers and although I do not like crafts, I feel like I can totally do this :) We went to Myrtle Beach last weekend and collected some shells. I will have to show William this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh I've never been to Myrtle Beach and that's on my wish list. I'm pretty sure old man William had a blast and he might actually enjoy this craft with you.

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  37. These turned out great! I do love Caribbean beaches, for sure, though I do have to write some in the US absolutely rival some in the Caribbean. It all depends on where you go. :)

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    1. Oh I have yet to see those rival beaches, that I just have to see. Where I grew up in the Caribbean the beaches were BEAUTIFUL!

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  38. I love going to the beach! This is such a good idea. I used to collect seashells when I was younger and put them in jars.

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    1. Oh I did the same thing too myself when I was younger and I'm pretty sure I might be able to find a shell or two at my mom's house.

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  39. That's so cute. It would be a great way to commemorate trips to the beach and family vacations.

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    1. Yes it will be and will be a talking point in your household. You can share your adventures without even saying a word.

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  40. I love your beach in a jar. It is awesome. The next time I go on vacation or will tell my daughter to collect different items from where she or I are vacationing. Super idea.

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    1. That will be great and you'll both have something to do when you get back from your vacation as well. Enjoy!

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  41. This is CUTE! I love how it's in a closed jar. We have something like this from a wedding centerpiece but it was in an open glass so dust & hair get inside of it. (I suck at dusting) PLUS, no worreis about it getting tipped over.

    Great idea for after beach vacation.

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    1. Oh no! I can just imagine having that go everywhere since it's unopened. Not so sure I would like that myself.

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  42. How creative! I love the idea of this Beach in a Jar. It can be a souvenir or a giveaway when you have a beach themed party.

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    1. I think it will be great at a beach themed party in smaller jars that you can give to your guests. I'm sure they'd appreciate it.

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  43. We just recently got home from a trip to Antigua and I'm still on a high. There is nothing quite like the beaches in the Carribean. It would be nice to take the whole beach home but, alas, this jar will definitely do until our next beach trip! I love how easy it is to make as well.

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    1. Oh man, I'm so jealous. We spent a few hours in Antigua a few years ago when Madison was a few months old. I have a few friends who live on the island and I've told them I'd visit them but have yet to make the trip. The beaches sure are beautiful.

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  44. This is such a cute idea! I have actually made a vacation in a jar before which featured sand, rocks, and a beach pic of my girls.

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    1. That sounds adorable, adding the beach pic of your daughters sure made it a bit more personal as well. Love that idea.

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  45. What a fun craft. My eight year old daughter would love this at home!

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    1. Most kids tend to like doing things like this. My 5yr old had a lot of fun pouring the sand in and actually made one of them herself. They are the easiest thing to do.

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  46. I also love the beach and would love to take my kids to any Caribbean one day. Nothing beats a fun day in the sun. By that time, I'll probably be occupied with lots of seashells from the beach.

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  47. Omg how cute are these jars?!?! We love going to the beach, so next beach trip we will have to remember to bring back sand!

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  48. This brings back memories of when I traveled to the beach with my parents. I still collect rocks, the rounder, flatter the best for skipping.

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  49. That's so cute! I love to make special reminders of our trips together and this would be perfect for our next beach trip.

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  50. I love this idea! I always bring sand home with me in a bottle and add it to a spot under a tree but this would allow me to display it.

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  51. I have been missing those beautiful beaches, sand, corals, and the sea breeze. What a brilliant idea to make on in a jar! Cheers from NYC

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