It’s no secret that the beach is one of my favorite places to go.
And while I’m there, I always scour the sand for shells – forever looking for that perfect one.
I’ve gathered a collection over the years, and sadly, they’re poked in random boxes and bags all around the house.
When I decided to go coastal with the theme for my hodge-podge craft room, I knew I would finally find a definite place to enjoy those shells.
Some of the shells that I’ve found have been nice, and a few are near-perfect, but nothing I have compares to the bag of shells a friend gave me a few weeks ago. She visited the beach at a very unique time and watched the process of new sand being pumped up from the Gulf onto the beach.
Of course, sand wasn’t the only thing pumped in, and when the filters were emptied, there were piles of amazing shells that she had the opportunity to gather up.
Some of them were incredibly perfect. So perfect, that they certainly couldn’t stay hidden in a bag on a shelf. I decided they needed to be shown off in a big way and made a quick and cute canvas display to add to the wall above my table.
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Here’s all you’ll need to create this Beach Shell Canvas:
- 9 shells
- 12 x 12 stretched canvas
- 9 – 3 x 3 mini canvases
- Deco Art Americana Desert Sand craft paint
- Deco Art Americana Vanilla Shake craft paint
- Play Sand
- 1″ Chip Brush
- Tacky Glue
Are you ready for a quick project? It only took an hour to finish – and that included paint drying time. Here’s how to do it:
Start by pouring a puddle of each paint onto a plate and add an equal part of sand.
I almost always use foam brushes for my painting projects, but this one calls for an exception. With the addition of sand, a chip brush is a better option. You can really get it swirled onto the canvas easier than you could with a foam brush.
Blend the paint and sand together until the sand is well-mixed into the paint.
Paint each of the small canvases. Swirl the tip of the brush across the wet paint/sand mixture to get an even coating of sand on each canvas. Set aside.
For the large canvas, use equal parts of vanilla shake paint and play sand and repeat the process. Paint the sides of the stretched canvas too.
Total time – 10 minutes
While the canvases are drying, choose the shells you want to use and arrange them in 3 rows of 3 shells each. Play around with the arrangement until you get something you really love.
Total time – 30 minutes
Once the small canvases are dry, attach the shells using tacky glue.
Then glue the small canvases to the stretched canvas.
Total time – 5 minutes
Finally, leave canvas flat until glue is set.
Total time – 15 minutes
Once your canvas is fully set, you can hang and enjoy your pretty beach shells.
I love how this little project turned out. I’m slowing adding to my collection of coastal-themed decor and will soon be ready to get some fresh paint on the walls and start making that beachy craft room a reality!
Where will you hang yours?