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Today I’m sharing a fun DIY wall decor specimen art project that I put together for the gallery wall in my bedroom.

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

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I had a couple of Melissa and Doug wooden boxes sitting around, leftover from toys that belong to the twins.  When it came time to put together my gallery wall, I knew that I finally had a use for these little boxes.

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

This project came together in a snap!

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art – Supplies

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art – Instructions

Step 1 – Sand & Stain

Lightly sand the wooden boxes with fine grit sandpaper – mainly focusing on any areas that have logos or ink.

Stain the wood whatever color you would like.  I chose chose Minwax “classic gray” because (1) I’ve used it on, like, 27 other projects and I had it lying around, and (2) I think it gives a great beachy, driftwood feel.

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

Step 2 – Fabric Backing

Glue squares of fabric into the back of wooden box.  I recommend using craft glue dots (that won’t seep through the fabric) around the edges and something more heavy-duty, like hot glue, in the center.

This would be a great project for a fat quarter or remnant.  I actually used the fabric case that my linen duvet set came in!

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

Step 3 – Hanging Hardware

Add hardware to the back of each of your wooden boxes.  I just used hot glue and leftover hanging hardware from a previous craft project.  This would also be a great project for command hooks.

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

Step 4 – Add Your Specimens

Hot glue your urchin shells into the fabric backing.

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

DIY Sea Urchin Specimen Art

That’s it!  How easy was that?

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Don't throw away those wooden toy boxes! Upcycle them into AMAZING specimen art for your walls.

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