Whenever I’m at the beach, I always find myself collecting specimen to take with me. Usually heart-shaped rocks and tiny shells — and sometimes plant life, too. I love the idea of using a shadow box to create a vignette to display in your home, and this summer I couldn’t wait to make one using the bits and pieces I knew I’d find at the beach. I loved using some colored embroidery thread to add a little uniqueness to this, as well.
What you need:
Beach specimen such as shells, driftwood, and seaweed. If you won’t make it to the beach this summer, you can purchase most of these things at a craft store!
Shadow box frame (I got mine at a craft store)
Embroidery thread and needle
Glue gun and hot glue
What you do:
First, cut your card stock so that it fits snugly in your shadow box frame. If you’re using embroidery thread like I did, flip the card stock over and add little dots or lines as a guide for where you’d like to place the thread.
Use a needle and thread to embroider your card stock. I made tiny x-shapes and uneven lines. I wanted to keep this feeling irregular and raw.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Next, arrange your specimen on your card stock however you’d like. Play around with different placements until you find one that feels just right!
Finally, glue your arrangement in place using hot glue, and insert the card stock into the shadow box. You’re all set!
I really like the way this looks on a shelf alongside some other natural decor elements!
More DIY ideas from BLDG 25.