Sealife Shadowboxes

Let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration: sealife shadowboxes

You’ve caught peeks of these a couple of times, they have been moved around and I’ve made some changes to them, but let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration: Sealife Shadowboxes

When I moved to PuntaCana I had most of the things we brought with us stored for more than a year and a half. Unfortunately not everything survived the long storage in this humid environment.

Some of the things that did not make it were 4 out of 8 MDF trays I had  bought at a craft shop. I am sure I had a brilliant idea involving 8 trays, why else would I have bought them? By the time I found them I had no recollection of this idea. I briefly considered throwing out all 8 trays, but I ultimately ended up holding on to the 4 that were in better shape.

When I had a moment I stained the trays a dark brown. I covered the bottom with scrapbooking paper I already had, then gave it a coat of Hardcoat Mod PodgeIr? T=dominicanccom 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=b00168579e for easy cleaning. Then, using a glue gun I glued 4 different pieces of sealife to the trays.

Let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration: sealife shadowboxes

I bought all but one of the shells at Casa Holanda, my favorite local hangout. They are really inexpensive. so the whole project only cost me a few dollars.

I like that from afar they look like photos,  once you get a few feet from them is when you notice they are the real thing. The funny thing is that a couple of weeks after I made these I found a website selling something similar for a couple of hundred dollars. Each! I am not sure what to make of that.

Aunt Clara

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  1. Lana Mango says:

    @ Mary Joy.Wow, that sounds pretty clever. I would love to see what you come up with.

  2. Wow, those are beautiful. I love how simple they are. I have a tendency to be drawn to pattern. Anything bright, bold and graphic I love. But I also love things on the other end of the spectrum – simple and clean. If only I had more wall space. (And what a clever use of trays – good idea!)Visting from Amanda's party – I know I'll be back 😉

  3. Those are so sweet! Now you have me thinkin' I could do something like that for my kitchen with kitchen gadgets! I have searched for reasonably priced ones and haven't found them yet…think I need to make my own! Thanks for the inspiration…I am a first time visitor from Amanda's party!

  4. Lana Mango says:

    Done Amanda. I prefer putting the links in a stand-alone page so they don't get lost when the post gets old, but honored your request. Thanks for hosting the party.

  5. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Those are lovely! The starfish is my favorite. 🙂 If you could please add my party button or a link back to me within your post, I would greatly appreciate it. My blog is small, so I rely on those link-backs. Thanks! 🙂

  6. the momma (aka Shannon) says:

    so pretty! love the single blue one–very, very eyecatching!

  7. Little Treasures says:

    Ok. I get smitten everytime I come to visit you! Today is no exception. What a great idea! These are gorgeous!

  8. They are lovely Lana Mango.. I really like the turquoise one mismatched with the three white ones, a very striking arrangement.I'm working on some shadowboxes at the moment for gifts..

  9. Anonymous says:

    They are gorgeous. And you're right – they look just like photos from afar. Great job! -EJ-

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