She Sells Sea Shells Seashore Treasure Box

Seashore Treasure Box with Petaloo International and Graphic 45 Children’s Hour

Hello, Petaloo Fans!  One of the very best things about summertime is a trip to the beach!  Our kids, and now our grandgirls love nothing better than to stroll along the shore looking for treasures hidden in the sand.  We usually end up with buckets full of shells and pebbles and driftwood.  Once we get home, the items often get shoved into a closet or a shoebox and are forgotten.  But I’ve designed a cute little seashore treasure box that you can make with your children so that the memories of your time at the beach can be put on display in your home.


Sea Treasure Box, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

This is a 4″ square paper mache box that is just the right size to hold precious treasures from the sea.  I painted the outside of the box with Picket Fence Distress Paint, then sprinkled it with Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  Once it was dry, I sprayed it with a sealant to keep all the glitter from rubbing off.  Then, I sprayed it with Salty Ocean Distress Stain Spray.


Seashore Treasure Box by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International, Product Graphic 45 Children's Hour Photo 1

I used papers and images from Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour paper pads to decorate my box, along with loads of gorgeous ocean hued Petaloo blooms!


Seashore Treasure Box by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International, Product Graphic 45 Children's Hour Photo 3


I love to mix and match textures and shades, as well as sizes to lend lots of visual interest in a composition.  On the lid of my seashore treasure box, I’ve used Teal Petite Botanica ,  Teal Darjeeling Tea Stained Petites, and Robin’s Egg Blue Mini Wild Roses.  The mix of blues and greens works so well with the colors in the paper collection and really feel like the sea.

Seashore Treasure Box by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International, Product Graphic 45 Children's Hour Photo 5


The box opens to reveal a little diorama built inside with fussy cut images from the July paper in the 12×12 Children’s Hour collection. I’ve used foam spacers between my fussy cut layers to add lots of dimension here.  I even sprinkled real beach sand onto the bottom of the box.

Small Hands, Medium Hands, Big Hands


Seashore Treasure Box by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International, Product Graphic 45 Children's Hour Photo 2

Summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye.  Why not set aside an afternoon and relive all the fun and adventure of time spent by the ocean with your children?  Little hands can pick out shells,  manage the painting and sprinkling of glitter, medium sized hands can fussy cut and  glue layers while Mom handles the glue gun.  You’ll build a whole new memory while capturing an old one.  It’s a win/win!

You’ll find links to products used below this post.


Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



Petaloo Products used in this Project

Other Products

  • 4″ square paper mache box (JoAnn’s)
  • Graphic 45 Children’s Hour 6×6 Prints and Patterns
  • Graphic 45 12×12 Papercrafting Paper
  • Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Chipboard
  • Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Paint
  • Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
  • Salty Ocean Distress Stain Spray
  • ivory burlap string
  • shells and found items from the beach
  • foam spacers, glue gun, scissors









9 thoughts on “She Sells Sea Shells Seashore Treasure Box

  1. Sara Emily

    Kathy, I just can’t keep up with all your creations, but happy to have time to visit this once; perhaps can catch up shortly. Your box is a treasure, and I love how you’ve used your beach collection on the top and made the sweet diorama on the inside. That image on top is so sweet and the flowers are lovely! I just gave away an aquarium full of wonderful shells picked up by the author of Sea Biscuit. She gave them to me years ago, and I’ve had a chance to use a “few”, so I thought I would let someone else enjoy for awhile. I hope you will be getting to the beach sometime this summer. We have not yet! Big hugs to you!

  2. Glenda Brooks

    What a lovely box you have created my friend! I love the blue and all the wonderful treasures you used to decorate it!

  3. Nancy Dynes

    Another stunner, Kathy!! I love your seaside themed memory box. What better way to display and recall those precious moments of summer. Your creativity amazes me. You are one busy girl! Isn’t this like, your third post this week!! And each project is more beautiful than the last, if that is even possible.

  4. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, this is such a keepsake an many memories for the person who gets it. so well done, and fantastic with all the sea shells….have a good week-end

  5. LuvtoKraft

    That little memory box is absolutely darling, Kathy! The exterior is so colorful and fun and the diorama on the inside is a delightful little surprise! I feel sand in my shoes! Well done!

  6. soozyb2013

    A true treasure box! I love it. I spent many hours at the beach when I was growing up, we lived not too far and my cousin and I could just walk there easily. Happy memories. Thanks for sharing Kathy! 🙂

  7. Carol Sterenstein

    What a treasure this little box is! The inside is as interesting as the outside and given as a gift with photos of family summer fun to a relative, you’d have a triple hit with 3 gifts in one!

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