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By the Sea Potpourri Jar

Bring the beach-side look you love indoors with this By the Sea Potpourri Jar.  Decorate an unglazed clay pot with seashells and a soft glitter finish and fill it with a soft scented potpourri for a wonderful addition to your bathroom or bedroom.  You could also use this painted clay pot to store small treasures, such as jewelry, precious love notes, or your own collection of sea shells or sea glass.

By the Sea Potpourri Jar


  • Unglazed clay pot with lid
  • Selection of small sea shells
  • Sweet Memories Acrylic Paint in Pink
  • Thin paintbrush
  • Clear drying craft glue
  • Spray & Sparkle Gold Glitter Varnish
  • Matching potpourri



  1. Use the sweet memories acrylic paint to give a few shells a light pink wash. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  2. Decide how to arrange the shells on the lid and glue them in place. Allow to dry thoroughly.

    By the Sea Potpourri Jar
  3. Use the sweet memories paint to give the top edge of the pot, as well as the outer rim of the lid, a pink edge. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  4. Spray the outside of the pot, as well as the top of the lid, with the glitter varnish. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when spraying the varnish. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  5. Turn the pot and lid around. Spray the inside of the pot, as well as the bottom of the lid, with the varnish. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  6. Fill the pot with matching potpourri.

    By the Sea Potpourri Jar
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I love this! And I'd love to make a couple to give as gifts. One question, though: where would I get those lovely unglazed clay pots with lids? I'm not in the US, but I'm thinking a shop like Pier One Imports, or its European equivalent? Thanks for this lovely tutorial on such a sweet piece.

Hi cafeblue2008--Thanks so much for the comment. We're glad you liked the project! Yes, I would agree that Pier One or any home decor store might have pots like this. You can also try a local thrift store or explore some flea market sales for pots similar to this. We might also suggest an online seller like ETSY or Thanks!--FaveCrafts Editor


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