How to Create Your Own Customized Beach in a Box!
I saw this project several months ago on Pinterest pinned from Crafts Unleashed. The materials have been sitting on a shelf for awhile, So today I finally tackled the project “Beach in a Box.” I used my own picture taken from one of my favorite places in the world, Lexington, Michigan. The harbor is a special place for me to spend work breaks walking, so when I look at this box it brings me right back to summer!
Wooden Hinged Box
Mod Podge or Decoupage
Dark Brown Craft Paint
Light Grey Craft Paint
Miniature Garden Tools, Metal Pail, Flip Flops, Wagon, Bench (anything you want really…you can find these miniatures at Hobby Lobby by the doll house stuff.
The first step is to remove all of the hardware to make it easier to paint. In order to make the box look a little bit more like driftwood I painted the entire box a dark brown color. youmwill want to paint with the gray before it’s completely dry. Before the gray dries, take a paper napkin and rub paint off in different spots, especially on the edges where it would naturally be worn away. Let all dry.
As soon as the box is dry, start on the inside by giving the lid a coat of Mod Podge or decoupage. Make sure your picture has been trimmed to size first.
Adhere your photo to the lid. Be sure and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles and allow to dry completely. (I missed this direction and immediately put a coat over the picture and got bubbles….so LET IT DRY FIRST!!
When dry, apply a coat over the top of the photo. Try to get the brushstrokes even. ( Don’t worry, that milky look disappears as it dries.)
Allow the box to dry completely.
I sealed the rest of the box with decoupage as but this is optional.
Add your sand….as much as you like. I really like playing in the sand, so mine is deep.
The final step is adding your miniatures, (Available at Hobby Lobby) and there you have it……. A Beach in a Box. I plan on taking mine to my office for the times when I just need to relax a little.
I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did!!