Shell Treasure Box How-To
Embellish some boxes with a mosaic of iridescent abalone chips. For others, attach single shells as knobs.
Resources: Pink sea urchin, 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches, and abalone chips, seashellcity.com. FolkArt acrylic paint, in Glazed Carrots and Steel Gray, plaidonline.com. Golden Fluid acrylic paint, in Titanium White, cheapjoes.com. Round Mini Cheese box, 3 inches, and Round Chipwood boxes, 5 inches to 5 1⁄2 inches, acmoore.com. Keepsake box, woodcrafter.com.
- Bristle brush
- Acrylic paint in orange, gray, and white
- Wooden box
- Thin paintbrush
- Clear-drying glue
- Shells (for the knobs)
- Abalone chips (for the mosaic boxes)
Using bristle brush, apply colored paint to box, inside and out. Let dry.
Paint over with 1 coat white paint for a chalky effect. Let dry.
For a lid knob, use thin paintbrush to apply glue to a shell; press onto lid, and let dry.
For the abalone mosaic, sort through chips to decide on a color palette. Working in small sections, apply glue with thin paintbrush, and press chips into place, mosaic-style.