DIY Seashell Shadow Box
It’s the time of year when I begin to long for the ocean, which is what led me to create a DIY Seashell Shadow Box to begin with. Two years ago, Aaron and I took a trip to San Felipe, Mexico for his birthday (we won’t say which one… you’re welcome, Aaron..)! This trip turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had to date. We didn’t stay in a fancy hotel, but instead in an amazing solar powered home along the Sea of Cortez. The Sea of Cortez is one of the richest areas for sea life in the world. It is also home of a Hammerhead Shark birthing area, which I was not aware of, thank God, when we went out in a little sea kayak. I’m adventuresome, but I’m not so sure I really want to see a large shark anywhere near my sea kayak, thank you very much! My memories are filled with walks along the beach, collecting shells, sand dollars and coral, in an environment that was surreal and peaceful. I swore that when we got back, I’d create a shadow box to commiserate the experience and then we got back…. and life kicked in. I’m sure this happens to most of us that have intentions of creating masterpieces of our memories. We bring all of these little trinkets back with us… carefully carting them thousands of miles…. only to have them become clutter on a shelf. Every time we come across said items, we swear that we’re going to do something with them… I know I did.. and…. two years later… I FINALLY MADE SOMETHING! I’m sure most of you have shells, rocks or small items that you’ve collected from various places you’ve visited. I’m sure some of you have even squirreled them away somewhere for a project that you would one day start. Well, today is the day, my friends! Let those memories out of their hiding places and create this awesome DIY Seashell Shadow Box (Note… if you have rocks or other items you’ve collected, they also work for this project.. get ’em out!)! Enjoy!!!!


DIY Shadowbox Materials List
Step 1: The first thing you’ll need to do is gather up your materials. For the DIY Seashell Shadow Box, you’ll need seashells (or other sentimental items), scissors, E-6000 Glue, shadow box frames and fabric (I chose linen, but pretty much any fabric works). Optional Items: These items are optional, but I chose to use them, but it will work fine either way. I chose to polish my shells with a Dremel, Polishing Wheel and Rouge. I also chose to spray my shells with Clear Varnish just to add a little extra shine and stability to them.

 DIY Seashell Shadowbox Step 1
Step 2: The second step in creating your DIY Seashell Shadowbox is an optional step. If you’d like to shine your shells, simply take a Dremel with a polish wheel attachment. Next, on low speed, run your polishing wheel through red rouge (this is a polishing compound you can find at your local hardware store). Then, just use a medium to high speed and buff those small scratches out of the shells. It really does make a difference! After they’re beautiful and shiny, simply spray a Clear Varnish on them to add a little more sheen and stability! You’re almost done!

 DIY Seashell Shadow Box Step 3
Step 3: The third step in your DIY Seashell Shadow Box is actually two fold. First, cut your fabric to cover the back of the shadow box. Next, using your E-6000 glue, attach it to the back, where your shells will be placed. Now, for a little trick, place the back into the frame without the glass, so it’s right up to the inside of the frame edge. This way, you can see exactly where your shells will be once they’re set back in the frame. Now, all you have to do is stick ’em on using the E-6000 glue. I’d wait about 20 minutes before moving them, so the glue can really set. Finally, just put the frame back together with the glass placed in front. That’s it! Now, all that’s left to do is hang your new DIY Seashell Shadow Box up and enjoy it!

Completed DIY Seashell Shadow Box

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