I absolutely love the beach. It is by far my favorite place to vacation. I can relax in the sun, watching and listening to the gorgeous ocean. My kids are entertained with sand, water, and all the fun those entail. I have a garage full of shells from our many sandy vacations over the years. One of my favorite pictures is my daughter holding a crab shell. Unfortunately I didn’t take great care of that particular shell so I had to glue it back together before making the shadow box. I think it still turned out quite cute though…
Here are easy-to-follow instructions for you to make your own beach shadow box with all your leftover vacation sand, shells, and pictures. Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section.
- shadow box
- various pictures
- sand and shells
- strip of sand colored cardstock paper
- beach stickers
- craft bond foam mounting circles or squares
- super glue
Ignore the tape in the picture. By the time I realized super glue would work better, it was too late to update the picture…
- Cut the strip of cardstock to cover the area you want sand in as seen in the bottom half of the picture to the right. Apply super glue along the inside edge of the opened back of the shadow box where the paper will go. After putting the paper in its place, apply super glue around the edges to help seal it.
- Let this dry for several hours so it will be strong enough to hold the sand.
- Cut your pictures and mount to a background the size of your shadowbox. I printed out an 8×10 of a picture of the ocean and cut it to fit the back. After mounting all my pictures and putting it behind the sand, it was covered up. You could probably just use a solid piece of cardstock. I used the mounting squares to get the pictures to different heights for a 3D effect. The squares can be stacked to create this look.
- Pour the sand in between the glass and the super-glued paper.
- Add any beach stickers to the pictures or cardstock behind the sand.
- Finish by adding the mounted pictures and close up the back of the shadow box.