Shadowbox Shell Letters

It’s been a minute since I shared some crafts. Blame it on 2020!

This holiday season has been crazy, and to be honest, I’ve been sewing a lot of masks and other fabric gifts for people. I’ll post about that later, but first, I want to share something quick and easy that might be helpful for anyone who hasn’t finished their holiday shopping yet!

A few months ago, I found these sea shells at my parents’ house. I had picked them maybe 10-15 years ago from some beach in Florida and had kept them stored in these empty gummy bear containers. When I found these containers in a cabinet at my parents’ house, I knew I could find a craft project for them.

I decided I was going to make these super gifts for my niece and nephew to pass along the sentimentality of these sea shells. I always enjoyed picking sea shells with my grandmother and mother when I was a kid, and I wanted my niece and nephew to have a part of that too.

You’ll need:

  • A Letter Template/Cutout (I used the PT Serif Caption font that I cut out using my Cricut)
  • Shells
  • Shadow Box Frames
  • A Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun Sticks

What you’ll need to do is:

  1. Take your shells and glue them to the template using your hot glue gun. It will take some tetris-ing to get the shells to fit on the template the way you want them to. I also had to glue some shells on top of each other, but hey, crafting isn’t about being perfect.
  2. Once you’ve glued enough shells on the template to complete it, glue the template to the backing of the shadow box. Give it a few shakes or tugs to make sure it’s stable.

That’s it! You’re done! And you’re good to hang it up or stick it on the shelf.

I ended up making a few more for our friends and family, so I would highly recommend this project if you’re in a pinch. You can replace the shells with anything else – pebbles, marbles, glitter, etc. Now go ahead and give it a try!