Make it Monday: Shabby Chic Shell Box

This easy to make shabby chic shell box would make a beautiful adornment on a bookshelf, or present it to your favorite someone with a hidden treasure inside. This project was designed by, Debbie Saenz. To complete this project it will take you anywhere between 1 to 1.5 hours. A great project for beginner crafters, or crafters at any skill level.

Supplies Needed:

FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 450 Parchment, FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 462 Burnt Umber, Mod Podge – CS11302, MatteWood box, 2 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper, Heavy Jute, 1 large shell, Beaded Charm (optional), 5mm screw eye, Paper cutter (or ruler and scissors) Sandpaper, cosmetic sponge, Hot glue, Screwdriver, Paint brush


Paint inside of box and outer rim of lid with Parchment, allow to dry.

Measure the outside of box base and use paper cutter to cut paper to size.

Adhere papers to outside of  box with Mod Podge. Smooth out bubbles with your fingers. Allow to dry.

Use sandpaper to sand away any remaining paper that extends the edges of the box. Sand downward on one direction.

Dip cosmetic sponge into Burnt Umber and wipe along the edges giving a distressed look. Continue until you achieve the desired effect.

Seal the outside of your box with a coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

Braid three strands of Jute making sure your braid is long enough to fit around the rim of the lid.

Start in the center of the back of the box lid and use hot glue to adhere the jute around the rim.

Attach the shell to box top with hot glue, and add beaded charm.

2 Comments to “Make it Monday: Shabby Chic Shell Box”

  1. It’s so sassy! The box looks like a treasured box that came from a lost and sunken ship. I love the braided rope on the sides, it’s cool. The shell on the top adds more impression to it. It’s cute!

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