Keep mementos of summer beach vacations nearby when you combine seashells and succulents in a shadowbox. This nifty project can be created in an afternoon and can be displayed as wall art or as a centerpiece on your porch or covered patio.
The seashells and succulents together create a coastal cottage vibe, just right for your favorite place to relax.
Starting with a shadow box, create a back with poultry netting and add a pocket of coir that will hold the soil for succulents. Finish with seashells and rocks. At this point, you have a coastal cottage centerpiece. To make wall art, secure with more poultry netting and display.
Make a Succulent Shadow Box
- Shadow box
- Potting mix
- Poultry netting
- Coco mat
- Sheet moss
- Sanding sponge
- Tack cloth
- Spray paint
- Seashells and rocks
1. Sand shadow box
Open pack and remove shadow boxes. Use a sanding sponge to smooth rough edges. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove any dust.
In well-ventilated area, paint the shadow box. We used Rust-Oleum’s Matte Robin’s Egg Blue for the large shadow box and Rust-Oleum’s Satin Granite for the smaller boxes.
3. cut poultry netting
Place the shadow box on poultry netting and use tin snips to cut to size. Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses when working with poultry netting.
4. Staple poultry netting
Staple chicken wire to the back of the shadow box. Bend the sharp ends with needle nose pliers.
5. Place coco Layer
Cut the coco mat to fit in the bottom of the shadow box. You can buy new coco roll, or repurpose it from another project (this came from the excess liners in the Hanging Globe light project).
6. Add soil
Place about a cup of soil in the shadow box.
7. Add succulents
Arrange succulents in container.
8. Cut coco layer
Use scissors to trim coco so it will fit around the plants.
9. Add rocks and seashells
Place decorative rocks and shells around the succulents, filling close to the brim.
10. Now it’s a centerpiece
You can fill the container very full if this will be a centerpiece. Be sure to protect the surface of the table with a mat or cloth. Use a mister to refresh succulents in this display..
11. Poultry netting
To turn your project into wall art, cut poultry netting about an inch larger all around. Bend the wires in and fit over the display. Use the staple gun to secure the poultry netting to the box.
12. display wall art
Secure the shadow box to the wall using the guides on the back of the box.
Photos by Laura Mercer