Hello, Petaloo Fans! One of the very best things about summertime is a trip to the beach! Our kids, and now our grandgirls love nothing better than to stroll along the shore looking for treasures hidden in the sand. We usually end up with buckets full of shells and pebbles and driftwood. Once we get home, the items often get shoved into a closet or a shoebox and are forgotten. But I've designed a cute little seashore treasure box that you can make with your children so that the memories of your time at the beach can be put on display in your home.
This is a 4" square paper mache box that is just the right size to hold precious treasures from the sea. I painted the outside of the box with Picket Fence Distress Paint, then sprinkled it with Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Once it was dry, I sprayed it with a sealant to keep all the glitter from rubbing off. Then, I sprayed it with Salty Ocean Distress Stain Spray.
I used papers and images from Graphic 45's Children's Hour paper pads to decorate my box, along with loads of gorgeous ocean hued Petaloo blooms!
I love to mix and match textures and shades, as well as sizes to lend lots of visual interest in a composition. On the lid of my seashore treasure box, I've used Teal Petite Botanica , Teal Darjeeling Tea Stained Petites, and Robin's Egg Blue Mini Wild Roses. The mix of blues and greens works so well with the colors in the paper collection and really feel like the sea.
The box opens to reveal a little diorama built inside with fussy cut images from the July paper in the 12x12 Children's Hour collection. I've used foam spacers between my fussy cut layers to add lots of dimension here. I even sprinkled real beach sand onto the bottom of the box.
Summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Why not set aside an afternoon and relive all the fun and adventure of time spent by the ocean with your children? Little hands can pick out shells, manage the painting and sprinkling of glitter, medium sized hands can fussy cut and glue layers while Mom handles the glue gun. You'll build a whole new memory while capturing an old one. It's a win/win!
You'll find links to products used below this post.
Thanks for stopping by! Now go get your craft on!
Petaloo Products used in this Project
- Mini Wild Roses x 7 Robin Egg Blue SKU: 1838-056
- Darjeeling Petites x 24 Teastained Teals SKU: 1465-106
- Botanica Petite’s x 11 Teal SKU: 1101-104
- 4" square paper mache box (JoAnn's)
- Graphic 45 Children's Hour 6x6 Prints and Patterns
- Graphic 45 12x12 Papercrafting Paper
- Graphic 45 Children's Hour Chipboard
- Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Paint
- Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
- Salty Ocean Distress Stain Spray
- ivory burlap string
- shells and found items from the beach
- foam spacers, glue gun, scissors