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This is a fun project to do with your kids (or by yourself) while you are at the beach.

Collect some cool shells, beach glass or driftwood. Use a broken shell with a sharp edge to write your name or message in the sand. Decorate your scene with the shells, etc. Take oodles of pictures. Try different angles and different distances.

When you get home pick out your favorite. And then you can use your favorite photo editing software or one of these great free websites Picnik or Sumo Paint– to make color corrections, cropping, etc.

Print your picture out and put it in a cute frame.

I debated whether or not to add shells and sea glass to the outside of the frame. The kids voted and we decided to add them with hot glue (or you could use E-6000) to the frame.

Then hang your sign on a door or set it up on your desk. You be the boss!

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  1. Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps}
    Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} says:

    That is so cute. I hate having tons of trinkets and tchatchkies(sp)from vacations. What a simple way to create a custom souvenir! Love it!

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  2. Trisha
    Trisha says:

    Thanks for the great idea-we are making a trip to the Oregon Coast this week so I am definitely going to do something fun like this!

    ~Trisha

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  3. mamaTAVE
    mamaTAVE says:

    What a wonderful way to preserve a memory and use the shells that always seem to follow us home and then have no where to live. I wish I'd thought of this while on vacation this summer…. next year!

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  4. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    I LOVE this idea. Our daughter is a BEACH freak! We will HAVE to do this next time we are on the beach. You could even try this in different ways for vacation pics, too! FABULOUS and THANKS!

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  5. queenbee1994
    queenbee1994 says:

    Great idea! By the way i read your post on duke gardens we live in durham and havent been yet. ive added it to my list to do bf the summer is over.

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  6. Miti
    Miti says:

    This is a great idea! I've done it before but haven't printed the pics. Last fall I did this with the tons of leaves that had fallen in the yard. I made a heart shape out of the leaves, filled the outside edges with more leaves and the end result was a pretty little heart of green grass surrounded by the leaves. ♥

    I always enjoy meeting new bloggers, especially when they're from NC. It's nice meeting you :o)

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  7. Ricci
    Ricci says:

    I know you this did years ago but I just came across your sand bowl tutorial and when I saw this idea I thought hmmmm why just a photo of it why not do the same thing as the bowls but on something flat and so I tried and now instead of the ocean waking it away I have it forever! 🙂 thank you for your ideas and tutorial 🙂

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