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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


1 In travel

Our Family Vacation in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Vacation

We just came back from our family vacation to Rhode Island. This was our second time going and this time we went with a toddler and 6 week old in tow. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we had a great time. Today I’m sharing all about our family vacation in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is a quaint little state in New England best known for it’s beaches (it’s called the Ocean State for a reason) and historic charm. It’s filled with beautiful coastal views and has lots of fun activities for families.

Where we stay

We rent a house in Bonnet Shores, which is a quiet residential neighborhood in Narragansett. Bonnet Shores has it’s own private beach for the neighborhood community and is my favorite beach in all of Rhode Island. Although there isn’t any parking which is one of the reasons why the beach is so quiet. But most homes in the neighborhood are a short walk or bike ride to the beach. I love all of the gorgeous homes in the neighborhood with the cedar shake siding and lined with bushes of hydrangeas. It’s our dream to own a home there one day.

Rhode Island Vacation

Find me at the beach

We hit up the beach in Narragansett almost every day. The Narragansett town beach is a public beach so it is a little busier but there are more amenities for the kids. Dude had a blast playing in the sand and riding the waves.

Rhode Island Vacation

I was a little anxious about taking an infant to the beach but Mav was a champ.  He even dipped his toes in a few times (gotta start ’em early).

Rhode Island Vacation

Travel Tip: In the summer, the Narragansett town beach has movies on the beach every Wednesday night. We headed on down with a few pizzas (and bottles of wine) in tow and watched a few of the volleyball games beforehand.

Rhode Island Vacation

The freshest seafood

If you head down to Point Judith you can charter a fishing boat and head out for a fishing excursion.

Here’s dude with his first fish he caught.

Rhode Island Vacation

There’s also a variety of shops to get freshly caught seafood. We always do a big seafood night to kick off our week.

Rhode Island Vacation

Day Trip to Block Island

We took the ferry over to Block Island for the day. The island has tons of cute shops and restaurants. You can also rent mopeds or bikes and ride around the island.

Rhode Island Vacation

Rhode Island Vacation

Memories to Cherish Forever

Make sure to bring back some beach sand and seashells to make this super cute memory box to remember your trip. I’m sharing the DIY here.

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

This year, my sisters and I surprised my parents with a family photo session.  Thanks to Cait Costa Photography, we were able to get some amazing photos we will truly cherish forever.

Rhode Island Vacation



If you are planning on heading to the beach with your little ones here are some of my favorite essentials:


Beach wagon – to help carry all of your necessities.

Family vacation to Rhode Island

Beach cabana – this was a lifesaver to keep the babe out of the sun and perfect for naps on the beach.

Family vacation in Rhode Island

Inflatable baby pool – This was such a great idea especially when going to the beach with toddlers. It was perfect for when the kids didn’t want to go in the ocean but wanted to cool off.

Our family vacation in Rhode Island

I shared my favorite Amazon bathing suits in my Friday Favorites blog post here

Family Vacation in Rhode Island