Bring the ocean into your home using this coastal tray decor with seashells!
I’m grateful to be joining 13 creative and talented ladies today on a ‘Summer on a Tray’ blog hop hosted by Katherine from Katherine’s Corner. For my part on this blog hop, I put together a ocean themed tray using a vintage platter, pretty shells and a few other vintage decor pieces. Join me for some mid-Summer decorating and this coastal tray decor with seashells!
If you found your way here from Life as a Leo Wife, welcome and thanks so much for coming by! Wasn’t Niki’s tray just lovely?!
I’ve had a deep affection for the ocean my whole life. Many vacations have taken me to Florida, the Carolina coast and Hawaii. For me, when I’m near a body of water, especially the ocean, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace. The salty air is immensely calming and the waves soothe my soul.
Living in the Midwest, ocean-themed decor is not what I usually gravitate towards, even though I would love to. So, for me, this coastal tray was super fun to put together.
I gathered some vintage decor that I already had, mainly in blues and greens, to create a pretty coastal tray that still fits in with my Minnesota roots. I’m excited to share this one, so let’s get right into it!
Coastal Tray Items Used
- Vintage platter
- Linen napkin
- Faux trailing greenery
- Glass sea turtle figurine
- Blue glass jar
- Vintage creamer
Coastal Tray Decor with Seashells
Let’s start with the base. This is the item that is going to hold everything.
For this display, I chose to use this vintage white and green round platter. I found this at a thrift store recently for just $1.00!
I thought this piece was perfect for a coastal tray without being too beach-y. Here in Minnesota, turquoise or aqua don’t exactly go with the area, but green and white fit in perfectly.
Main Decor Pieces
Since this platter is on the smaller side, I chose to use three main pieces of decor. These items help to set the theme and color scheme for the tray as a whole.
First, I placed a small ironstone plate near the back of the platter.
This is to help give definition and dimension from the platter itself.
Then, to bring in the vivid blue color of the ocean, I placed a large blue Ball jar on top of the small plate.
Next, to tie in the whites, greens and blues, I placed this cutie vintage creamer to the left of the jar.
It’s an unexpected item for this platter but it somehow just goes!
Next, I added in many accessories.
These are the decor items that bring movement and texture to the vignette as a whole.
To bring in the look and feel of seaweed, I placed this trailing greenery stem in the blue jar. I just love how it spills all over!
Then, to usher in some sand-like softness, I placed a vintage linen napkin on the left side of the platter.
The beige color of it paired with the blue glass transports me right to the beach!
Next, as a nod to all of the beautiful creatures of the ocean, I placed a green glass sea turtle in the front.
The sea turtle has always been my favorite animal. I have a small collection of miniature glass turtles so I thought this was the perfect way to showcase one of them!
Now all that’s left to add are seashells!
This jar is full of shells that I’ve collected from various Florida trips over the years. The purple coral and intact sand dollar are two favorites that I wanted to use on my tray.
I didn’t really follow a rhyme or reason for placing shells on my tray.
Sifting through the jar, I placed some of the larger ones near the back.
I think that, by placing them in groups of 3, the tray itself feels cohesive.
I also layered some shells on the backside of the tray.
Depending on how the tray is placed on a table, the shells can be seen from any angle.
Finished Summer Tray
With that, my coastal tray is complete!
I’ve said it so many times but you truly don’t need to do much to create a beautiful display for an affordable price. I did not purchase anything new to use for this tray. I simply sorted through decor that I had at home and combined it into a pretty seaside vignette.
My best advice for creating seasonal decor displays is to shop at thrift stores for pieces to use. You can find so many lovely items for under $3.00!
You will be able to use those items year after year, enabling you to outfit your home for the seasons on a budget.
For more in-depth ideas on decorating with a seaside theme, you can check out my post all about Vintage Coastal Home Decor Ideas!
I truly hope this coastal tray decor with seashells gives you some ideas on how to easily decorate your home in a seaside theme! The ocean makes me incredibly happy. It’s so important to decorate your home with the things that make you cheerful!
You don’t need to follow trends or do what is most popular in the home decorating realm. Follow your heart and your home will always feel like a special retreat.
Be encouraged to ride the waves, finding peace along the way.
Leave me a comment! Do you like to decorate with an ocean theme during the Summer months? I love hearing from you!
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