How to Make a Sea Glass Shadowbox

Bring home the beauty of the seashore with a fun, inexpensive sea glass DIY project that's perfect for bringing in some coastal style. 

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Bring home the beauty of the seashore with a fun, inexpensive sea glass DIY project that’s perfect for summertime!

Materials Needed

  • sea glass with pre-drilled holes
  • 1x3 pine board or store bought shadowbox
  • clear jewelry thread (or fishing line)
  • small eye hooks
  • nails
  • hammer
  • scissors
  • chop saw (if making your own shadowbox)

Coastal Cool Colors at Home

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Materials: 1 x 3 pine board and sea glass with pre-drilled holes.

Making a sea glass shadow box is a captivating yet simple DIY project to bring home a little bit of the color and charm of the beach.

Measure and Cut

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 1: Measure and Cut For your frame, measure out the 1 x 3 board and cut it into four pieces, as desired.

For your frame, measure out the 1x3 board and cut it into four pieces to your desired size. 

It’s Hammer Time

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 2 : It's Hammer Time Align one of the pieces of wood on top of the other and hammer in two nails in the corners. Do this again to form a perfect rectangle. Make sure all four corners are nailed in securely.

Align one of the pieces of wood on top of the other and hammer in two nails in the corners. Do this again to form a perfect rectangle. Make sure all four corners are nailed in securely.

Tip: You can paint your frame at this point if you like. I chose to leave the wood bare on this shadowbox to compliment the tones of the sea glass. 

Choose Columns and String Together

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 3: Choose your Columns and String Together Lay out your sea glass within the frame to see how many pieces and how many columns you want in the shadowbox. You’ll also be able to see how the different shades of sea glass will look when they are strung up. Once you’ve decided where each piece will go, string the clear thread through each piece of sea glass accordingly.

Lay out your sea glass within the frame to see how many pieces and how many columns you want in the shadowbox. You’ll also be able to see how the different shades of sea glass will look when they are strung up. Once you’ve decided where each piece will go, string the clear thread through each piece of sea glass accordingly. 

The Eyes Have It

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 4: The Eyes Have It The eyehooks are going on the inside top and the inside bottom of the frame. To ensure your columns are straight and even be sure to measure then lightly mark where you want each eyehook to be inserted. Twist the eyehooks into place.

The eyehooks are going on the inside top and the inside bottom of the frame. To ensure your columns are straight and even, measure then lightly mark where you want each eyehook to be inserted. Twist the eyehooks into place. 

Tie Up Loose Ends

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 5: Tie up the loose ends Tie the ends of the sea glass strings to the eyehooks at the top and the bottom of the frame to form your columns. When you are using fishing line, it helps to double or triple knot your strings to keep them secure. Once all of the strands are tightly secured, cut any left over thread off.

Tie the ends of the sea glass strings to the eyehooks at the top and the bottom of the frame to form your columns. When you are using fishing line, it helps to double or triple knot your strings to keep them secure. Once all of the strands are tightly secured, cut any left over thread off. 

Decisions, Decisions

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Step 6: Decisions, decisions One of the best aspects of shadowboxes is they can be placed anywhere. Hang your shadowbox on the wall, place it on the counter or a shelf or even on the window sill, where it can catch the light.

One of the best aspects of shadowboxes is they can be placed anywhere. Hang your shadowbox on the wall, place it on the counter or a shelf or even on the window sill, where it can catch the light.

The Seashore on a String

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

DIY Sea Glass Shadowbox

Bring home the beauty of the seashore with a fun, inexpensive sea glass DIY project that’s perfect for summertime!

A sea glass shadowbox is a colorful and creative summer DIY project that can be made in under an hour but will bring you lasting coastal bliss. 

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