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Project

Sailor Valentine Boxes

Introduction

Acrylic craft paints and paintbrushes available from Martha Stewart Crafts; wood veneer boxes available at Michaels.

Materials

  • Wood veneer box
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Sea glass
  • Small shells
  • Other beachcombing finds
  • Beach sand
  • Measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • Water
  • Cookie cutter (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint inside and outside of wood veneer box and lid with craft paint of desired color and finish. Set aside and let dry completely.

  2. Step 2

    Using white glue, affix a border of sea glass and/or small shells to the perimeter of the lid.

  3. Step 3

    To create design for lid, organize shells, sea glass, and other beachcombing finds as desired. (Tip: To keep your design secure while working, lay out shells on an index card covered with double-stick tape.)

  4. Step 4

    Thoroughly mix together 1 cup sand, 1/4 cup water, and 1 tablespoon white glue and flood inside lid border with mixture. (Tip: For a specific shape, flood inside of desired cookie cutter with mixture and carefully remove cutter.)

  5. Step 5

    Transfer organized design to lid, pressing shells into sand and glue mixture. Let dry completely.

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