Shells by the Sea-Shore

As a family, we always look for shells on the beach when on vacation. Shells by the sea-shore is an all-time favorite thing to do and it brings the whole family out for a search to see who can find the most beautiful shells. Many times I will collect the shells in paper cups or whatever is lying around.

Our last trip to Orange Beach was one that made me think of my precious niece! She hasn’t been to the beach for 5 years and longs to put her toes in the sand and hunt for sand dollars. Her only problems are 3 little ones she adopted.

3 little ones

3 Little Ones

Those babies take up all her time, along with a very serious surgery she had and her husband having a heart attack. Can you believe all that can happen to a family at once! Life has been very stressful for her. Her family has struggled the last year to just stay alive. I grew to love the 3 little ones and cherish my time with their family. I have become Nana to them and feel as though my niece is my real daughter!


My niece will be having her last pink hat party this month and I want to give her a special gift. If you haven’t heard of the Red Hat Society then you must be living on another planet! Hahahha I just have to tease a little.

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Our group, the Flashy Flamingos, have been together for 12 years ( Red Hat Society) and we celebrate by having monthly birthdays of our members. Those ladies turning 50 is a really big deal! We have a Red Hat Reduation! This signifies the lady is growing into womanhood and she will wear red hats after her 50th birthday. She will be Reduated by the Queen! (that would be me)


I want to use the shells by the sea-shore to make a special gift, one she will cherish. I selected a wooden box and added a few artistic embellishments. I am famous for embellishing all kinds of things from aprons to boxes. I think I have this project under control. Follow me now!

List of supplies

  • Wooden box
  • Sand paper, brushes, glue
  • White and Turquoise chalk paint
  • E600 glue
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  1. I sanded the box smooth for painting and whipped off with cheesecloth.
  2. I painted the wooden box with 1 coat of white chalk paint.
  3. I added a brush-on effect of turquoise to the outside of the wooden box.
  4. I used ES600 glue to attach the larger shells and waited until the next day to add the smaller shells by the sea-shore I found. (this needs to dry overnight)
  5. I found a piece of white felt and cut it to fit the inside bottom of the box.
  6. I Mod Podge the picture of the 3 little ones to the underneath side of the wooden box. Also, coating the top of the print makes it look vintage.
  7. I gave the whole wooden box a coat of poly to seal and give it a beautiful shine, especially the shells by the sea-shore.
  8. I found a beautiful bag to put the wooden box in and gathered up loads of pink items,(she’s still a Pink Hatter until next year) wash cloths, journal, and other fun items.
A gift of Seashells

A gift of Seashells


DIY projects for embellishing is a fun activity! You can create anything as long as your mind can think it up. Try to find something that will give you creative fulfillment. It could be a wooden box with shells by the sea-shore or even an old shoe box. Opportunities are right around the corner, let your mind flow free to dig deep into your creative side. I hope I have inspired you to a creative moment. You can do it!

Creatively yours,

Doris Campbell

About Queen Dorishttp://queenstudio.wordpress.comI am a wife, mother, sister, artist, master gardener, interior designer, and Queen of the Red Hat Fabulous Flamingos. I love writing & my book, Feel it, believe it, Pass it on! The Power of Friendships, is available on Amazon. I share advice on art, gardening, home design, and friendship. Let's get this party started!

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