When my grandmother recently passed away, my grandfather gave me a mason jar filled with seashells. He told me that I had collected them with my grandmother during a trip to the beach when I was a child. He had saved the shells for over 20 years! We didn’t know exactly what year, but I couldn’t have been any older than 5 years. That day my grandmother and I had taken a long walk together on the beach, just the two of us..
I didn’t really know what to do with the shells, but a shadow box of some sort seemed appropriate. Most of the shells were broken and I got frustrated trying to sort them out. I felt like I could only use the perfect shells for some reason. Then I realized that we collected even the broken ones because we thought they were special! So after a trip to Michaels for a $5 shadowbox on sale (I figured it wasn’t worth my time to make one since this one was so cheap) + gorilla super glue = this is what I came up with..
I superglued everything one by one onto the shadowbox backing. The broken shells formed the stems of flowers. I let the shells dry with the shadowbox on its back for 24 hours. In the bottom of the box I added rocks that we picked up and used the dried rose as my grandmother’s last name was Rose. What do you think? I’m pretty proud! I haven’t found the right spot for it yet. For now it sits on my bookshelf. I thought I’d share this as an idea for a Mother’s Day present.