The Sea

OK so I’m still on my beach kick.  Every time I go, I end up shelling with the kids.  This inspired me to create something beachy for the living room.

Materials List:

* 3 blank canvases 12″ x 12″

*Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Pool & Beach Glass

*Crushed Seashells

*Hot glue gun & glue



*Transfer paper



Paint 2 canvases with Beach Glass and one with Pool.  While they dry, go the computer.  Use your word processing software and write your phrase.  English/SEA, Spanish/MAR and French/MER work well for 3 canvases.  Use a font that is appealing to you.  Choose one with simple lines because the crushed shells are chunky and details don’t show up well.  Print each letter as big as the biggest letter can fit on 1 page.  Make sure all 3 letters are of the same size.

Plug in the hot glue gun.  Grab all 3 pages and using tranfer paper and a stylus, trace the letters on to the canvas.  Use the ruler to help you center the letters.  Fill in the traced letters with hot glue in 1/2 inch sections and sprinkle the crushed shells on to the glue.  Tap lightly careful not to touch the burning hot glue.  Cool a little, hold the canvas over the tray and tap the leftover crushed shells into the tray.  Continue to fill up sections with glue and crushed shells until the entire traced letter is covered.  Let it dry overnight, then hang.


Linking to… Transformation Thursday


2 Comments to “The Sea”

  1. This is so beautiful. I love the serene blue. Great project.

  2. I’m loving this!! In fact, I’m putting together a few things people do with crushed shells, and I would love to include your letter M, but would need the picture to be bigger. If you are interested in being included, email me a larger image to

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