Bring the beach to your home with this super simple shadow box project!
I usually leave DIY projects to those who have a natural gift for creating beautiful things but as I look around my house I’m surprised at the many things created by this mama. Maybe I do have a bit of an artsy streak when it comes to bringing the beach to my home. I love to find a purpose for all the shells, wood and sea glass I’ve collected since childhood. These two tiny boxes bring me true joy and peace every time I pause to enjoy their simple beauty. I’m happy to share a few how-to tips to create your own beach shadow box.
To make your own shadow box start with your theme. What is your lifestyle? What do you love and want displayed in your home? Gather your collection (shells shells shells) and incorporate this into your shadow box theme. Think of this project as a way to showcase your treasures, those little trinkets gathering dust or filling up drawers. We keep collecting them but we just haven’t found a place for them. A personalized shadow box will make a wonderful gift for your family and friends. How many of us save concert ticket stubs and movie tickets? Pick out a few and make an anniversary gift or a memorabilia item for your kids.
Disclaimer: I am always full of ideas and like to leave the how-to process to my crafty friends but I’ve managed to take my shadow box idea and give it life. If I can do this, so can you. My bare bones supply list and how-to steps are listed below.
My simple shadow box includes: glue – I used super glue but I know my craft mavens have a trusty hot glue gun ready at all times, shells collected from coast to coast, sea grass, and sand. My true loves include everything found on a nice beach walk, toss in some sand and glue and voila I have a shadow box showcasing my treasures. My number one tip for this project is plan your box before you start gluing. Lay out your trinkets and treasures before you even buy the shadow box. By planning your design you’ll know what size shadow box you’ll need to buy. I fell in love with the shadow boxes I found but they are very tiny which limited the amount of goodies I could include in the box.
During your shopping trip, go beyond looking for traditional shadow boxes, you may find your perfect box or frame and just need to make a few adjustments. I purchased these shadow boxes from Michaels but they actually contained fake birds glued to the backboard. I just removed the birds and placed the shells and sand over any visible glued areas.
Oh and don’t forget your helper…your little ones. My daughter is already a budding artist who just beams in her element. She’s a bit too young for this project but she can help gathering items and prepping things before we create our next shadow box. I see a large shadow box showcasing a few wood ABC blocks passed down through the generations. Yes, this is definitely a project on our list and the best part, it’s so simple. Happy shopping and happy crafting as you put your own spin on a simple idea!