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Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes from Vacation

There are two things in life I know to be true:

  1. If you go on vacation you will need a vacation to recover from your vacation
  2. If you don’t print pictures you will never seem again..well until Facebook reminds you of what you did 4 years ago

Last week we went on a vacation. A cruise actually. It was relatively fun if you ignore the serious sea sickness and the whiny kids I had to deal with for 7 days. Other than that…perfection. Sun, sea, sand, great people, beautiful waters and NO work. And trust me the irony of working hard for a straight year to make enough money to go on vacation does not get past me.

In any case, here I am, home again and ready to get started on upcoming DIY beach shadow box with sand that I hope you will love.

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

Now we all do it- we go on vacation, take 900 pictures, come home,  put them on social media with the best intentions of putting them in a book or something and a year from now , with no book in sight, we are doing it again on a new vacation.

YOU CAN STOP THE CYCLE! I wanted to share a fun, easy, and inexpensive craft that gives you NO excuse to not get those memories front and center, but it does require a little bit of prep. Prior to vacation, you will need to throw in zip lock bags to your suitcase. You will use these to collect samples of sand from the beach you laid on for a week and seashells you found at the shoreline to create your beach shadow box with sand. Optional and just as fun, bring a small little bottle that you can add a little bit of ocean water too. On the fly, an empty water bottle with a lid works. Unless you are flying, then they will just take that.

Beach shadow box with sand

Need

  • Shells from the beach – we collected a ton from Mexico that were great but ended up being too large for the shadow box I bought, so if you have larger shells, bring them with you to pick out your frame to ensure a fit. I had to end up using some other shells I had around the house for this demo.
  • Sand from the beach- about a cup and a half worked for my shadow box but I filled up a gallon size bag prior- you can use the rest for other crafts
  • Water – bring an empty water bottle and collect some ocean water
  • Blue food coloring – I used this to dye the ocean water just for color
  • other beachy things, maybe sand dollars or starfish – not live ones
  • shadow box– I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, 50% off so it was $10
  • vacation picture– we took pictures on the cruise boat so I used one of those. Other ideas are the beach itself, a family photo, holding hands, etc
  • modge podge
  • optional: glitter

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display

  1. Take apart your shadow box and secure your image on the backing
  2. Originally I was going to just lay the shells IN the shadow box w/ the sand but it honestly looked a little messy for my taste, so instead I decided to hot glue the starfish and little ocean water onto the backing so I could dictate placement
  3. Close up your framing on the bottom and tip open the top and gently pour in sand ( I combined my sand with glitter for a pretty touch) till you have the desired fill
  4. Secure framing and display. OPTIONAL: Now sand is tricky- if you move your shadow box a lot, it can leak out. To stop this you can seal up your shadow box with hot glue around the back or even put some felt around the back so it cannot drain out.

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

Other ideas to complete your beach shadow box are:

  • Line image with shells
  • Line outside framing w/ shells
  • Paint the backing
  • Use a piece of wood on backing and distress it before adding photo
  • add in driftwood

Now our memories are on display!

 

 

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

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Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

 

Want more awesome beach crafts? I have a great Pinterest board here! <————-Follow and lets have fun this summer!

 

Beach DIY: Create Custom Memory Shadow Boxes with collected shells and sand from your vacation destination, so fun and easy! Gorgeous display for home decor

 

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