Beach Craft

Make this beach craft sign and put your seashells on display in a new way.


Age: Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 3 out of 5


Supplies for the sign:

  • Old piece of barn board 6x24 inches
  • saw
  • 8x12 craft foam
  • paper
  • pen
  • folk art crackle medium
  • small paint brush
  • burnt umber paint
  • buttercream paint 
  • Scissors
  • tacky glue
  • Drill and small bit
  • beads
  • shells (about 17-20)
  • driftwood
  • copper wire
  • Cotton string
  • picture hanger bracket
  • hot glue gun/glue stick
  • Polymer clay starfish, Instructions here

Cut an old piece of 6 inch wide barn board to approximately 24 inches long.

Spell out the word beach onto craft foam. You can either free hand block letters or print out the letters from the computer. They can then be  traced on to craft foam. I used a Printmaster program on my computer, set the page on landscape and chose a block letter in size 600. You will be able to get two letters per page.

After printing out the letters, cut them out and trace around them with a pen, on to the craft foam. Cut these out.

Draw an arrow about 3 inches long and cut this out.

The color of the craft foam to make this beach craft doesn't matter. You can now apply a base coat of burnt umber paint. If you have the craft foam in dark brown already, then you can skip the base coat on the lettering. 

After the paint has dried, apply a coat of crackle medium. If you don't need to apply the basecoat, just put the crackle paint directly on to the foam. 

Let this dry.

After this has dried, apply a top coat of buttercream paint.

Make sure to apply the paint the same direction on all the letters. I did mine across the letters, so the bigger cracks will follow the same direction as the lines in the barn board.

When dry, use tacky glue to apply the letters and the arrow to the board.

Nail a picture hanger hook to the back of the board.

Drill holes in shells with a small drill bit. String shells and beads together using cotton string until you have made pieces that are about 6 - 8 inches long, with 3 to 4 shells per string. Vary the length of each string slightly. Wrap the bottom shell with copper wire and make a loop to attach the string. Make 5 of these. Another beach craft I made was a seashell mobile. That project has a more detailed explanation on stringing the shells, if you need more info on that.

Glue these to the bottom of the board, spacing evenly.

Attach the polymer clay starfish to the top right hand side of the sign using tacky glue.

Attach a piece of driftwood to the top edge of the sign using hot glue.

Another beach craft is complete. Now there is a home for more of my shell collection. Finally the shells will be on display instead of hiding in a box, never to be seen again!

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