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DIY Beach Memory Box

How to make a DIY beach memory box- shadowbox with sand, photo at the beach, seashells, sand dollars and decorated with sea glass on a round coastal tray

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If you are going to the beach this summer then you will want to see how to make this DIY Beach Memory Box as a keepsake of your trip.

One of our family’s special places is Narragansett, Rhode Island. We look forward to going whenever we can. It holds a special place in our hearts (I’m linking a post I wrote previously with some of our favorite things to do there). This DIY beach memory box is a great way to remember your beach vacation. Bring back some sand and seashells from your favorite place, and scroll down to see how to make this special keepsake.

This post is brought to you by The Cozy Creative Collaborative

A group of ladies who love all things home, DIY, and food. We team up every month to share a new themed project and this month we are sharing all things coastal. Be sure to scroll to the end to see everyone’s coastal ideas!

The Cozy Creative Collaborative

If you are coming from my friend Jen at Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome and I hope you will stick around here awhile!!! When I think of a true coastal girl, Jen comes to mind. How amazing did her lobster cobb salad look? Yummm!!!



How to make a DIY Beach Memory Box

You will need:

  • shadowbox
  • sand
  • seashells and sea glass
  • photo
  • sand dollar
  • permanent marker
  • hot glue gun

DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, sand and photo for a beach vacation keepsake 1.) Start by taking apart the shadow box. If desired, cover the backing with cardstock or paper. I chose to cover my black backing with white paper.

2.) Secure your photo to the backing.

3.) Using a gold permanent marker, I wrote each of our names on a sanddollar. If you are using a larger shadowbox and have the space, you could do one for each person.

4.) I secured the sanddollar to the backing using hot glue so that it didn’t roll around.

DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, and beach photo

5.) Fill the bottom of the shadow box with some sand and secure the backing on. I also hot glued around the edges to seal the backing so that no sand could leak out.

6.) Using hot glue, glue the seaglass and seashells around the border of the shadow box and allow to dry.

DIY beach memory box shadow box with beach sand, seashells, seaglass and photo for beach vacation keepsake

That’s it! So easy! This is perfect so display on your shelves, coffee table or desk so that you can go back to the beach anytime you need a getaway!

How to make a DIY beach memory box- shadowbox with sand, photo at the beach, seashells, sand dollars and decorated with sea glass on a round coastal tray

I’m linking some things below if you want to re-create your own shadow box.

white shadow box for DIY beach memory box shadow box for crafts and DIY beach memory box aqua, green and clear sea glass for crafts, decor and DIY beach memory box oyster shells for crafts, decor and DIY beach memory box  

For more coastal and beach inspiration, you can also see how I put together this coastal tray decor.


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DIY beach memory box shadow box with seashells, beach sand and photo for beach vacation keepsake


Next head on over to my friend Heidi where she is sharing how to make the prettiest seashell candles.


Coastal Inspiration from The Cozy Creative Collaborative

Coastal inspired frame with seashells and seaglass.

DIY Beach Keepsake | Nicolle of Our Tiny Nest Blog

Homemade candles with soy wax and scallop shells.

How to Make Homemade Candles in Scallop Seashells | Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home

DIY seashell wall art for summer coastal decor.

DIY Seashell Wall Decor | Charity of Mornings on Macedonia

A coastal themed tablescape with shell accents.

How to Set a Casual Coastal Table | Kelly of The Tattered Pew

New England Cobb salad with lobster, hard boiled eggs, and croutons.

New England Lobster Cobb Salad | Jennifer of Cottage on Bunkerhill


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  • Reply
    July 25, 2023 at 10:42 am

    Super cute Nicolle!

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    Kelly Radcliff
    July 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Nicolle this is such a wonderful idea. I love the personalized feel and instant memories it obviously brings! So sweet. We have tons of beach pictures and shells so this is right up my alley! Hope you get back to your happy place again soon!

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    Jennifer Howard
    July 25, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    That’s so cute!! Brings me back to the days with my boys spending Summers at the beach collecting shells and sea glass. Enjoy them!!!

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    July 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    This looks like a lovely way to savour those happy memories.

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    July 25, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    This is the cutest idea Nicolle! Let me know the next time you’re in Rhode Island, we could meet up!

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    July 26, 2023 at 7:50 am

    This is adorable! I’m at the beach now and this is such a great idea!

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    July 26, 2023 at 8:01 am

    This is such a great idea. It’s a good one to get all the kids involved in – from the collecting of the materials to the construction, it can be a team effort!

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    Kirsten Smith
    July 26, 2023 at 8:21 am

    I love this idea!

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    Carolyn Miller
    July 26, 2023 at 9:01 am

    I’ve always liked shadow boxes and think they are a super way to remember a special trip or occasion.

    Remember though many beaches are for viewing only and seashells and sand dollars, even the sand is not to be removed! So be sure before you take them away!

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    Food nutters
    July 26, 2023 at 10:16 am

    These look gorgeous; I’m sure they bring luck.

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    July 26, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    This is adorable Nicole, I love how simple it is, and the way you can make it super personal.

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    Tracy McHugh
    July 26, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Such a cute idea! I love the sea rocks and shells. Beautiful colors.

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    Rachel-The Antiqued Journey
    July 26, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    Such an adorable way to remember special vacations! I’ve never been to Rhode Island but I hope to get out that way sometime soon! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week, Nicolle!

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    July 26, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    Such a great way to have a keepsake from a trip! Looks great!

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    Tea With Jennifer
    July 27, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Love this idea Nicolle!
    Visiting from Joanne’s today where we’re sitting together in Let’s Have Coffee.

    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,

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    Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers
    July 28, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Your shadow box is such a sweet way to display your vacation memories. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

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    July 29, 2023 at 2:54 am

    This is so cute, what a great memento. Thanks for linking at Is This Mutton!

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    Carol Benton
    August 1, 2023 at 11:20 am

    This is such a charming DIY project to create a lasting memento of your family vacation. Pinned! Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 69.

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    August 27, 2023 at 3:46 am

    Thanks for JOining us at A Place to Start

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