Turn the wood panel to the back. Apply an even coat of gel stain to the sides. Do not stain the bottom of the shadowbox because you will be covering it with paper later. Wipe away any excess stain with a rag.
Paint a coat of Driftwood
Using a very dry brush with very little paint applied, brush on a thin coat of Driftwood paint. Leave some areas so thin that the walnut stain peeks through.
Apply a coat of Warm White
Again, using a very dry brush, with very little paint applied, add a layer of Warm White on top of the Driftwood. The layers underneath will be peeking through your paint.
Turn your panels over. Apply glue in between all of the panels. Then, use your wood strip, sawed to the correct length, to hold everything together. Use nails to attach each of the 4 panels as shown. Add the sawtooth hanger while everything is upside down. Let dry completely before continuing.
While the shadowbox dries, paint any letters you will be using in it. We painted the letters SEA with Ice Blue paint.
Cut & dry fit paper
Cut paper to size. Dry fit paper inside the shadowbox before continuing.
Apply Mod Podge
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to each panel and smooth down the paper.You may need to weigh down the paper while the decoupage dries in order for it to dry flat. Let dry completely.
Place & glue beach treasures
Place various beach treasures inside the shadowbox. Play with the placement and variety of items before adding glue, then use hot glue to secure each piece into place.