How to Create a 'By the Sea' Weathered Wall Hanging

by Denise @el&em

Using a fun distressing technique and Graphic 45's beautiful seaside themed papers & embellishments, craft a beach inspired keepsake worthy of display or makes a very special personalized gift.


  • Graphic 45 By the Sea 12x12 paper
  • Graphic 45 By the Sea Chipboard
  • Graphic 45 By the Sea Alphabet Stickers
  • Graphic 45 ATC tags
  • Graphic 45 Metal Clothespin
  • Graphic 45 Metal Brads
  • Graphic 45 Stamps
  • Ink
  • Custom dyed ribbons
  • Core'dinations Cardstock
  • Gina's Designs Diecuts
  • Walnut Hollow Rustic Pallet
  • Embossing powders
  • Found netting
  • Found shells
  • Gesso
  • Wire
  • Cup hook
  • White candle
  • Sand paper or palm sander
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Paint pallet with gesso (or white paint). This piece has a rustic, beachy, weathered look, so the pallet does not have to be painted perfectly.

    Step 2

    Cut paper to fit on each pallet slat, (cut a smidge smaller than the slats so that the wood shows on the sides and ends). Adhere paper to pallet.

    Step 3

    Using a white candle, rub edges, depositing a light layer of wax. Do this here and there and heavy along the edges of the pallet.

    Step 4

    Lightly paint with gesso (or watered down white paint).

    Step 5

    Once gesso/paint is dry, sand. This creates a lovely, beachy, weathered look!

    Step 6

    The paper will show darker where the wax was applied, as the paint wasn't able to penetrate. Such a fun technique!!

    Step 7

    Prepare embellishment pieces: emboss diecuts, dye ribbons (see my Snapguide how-to for custom dying ribbon).

    Step 8

    Ribbons in my custom dye.

    Step 9

    Finished pieces! Perfectly coordinating with my By the Sea papers and embellishments!!

    Step 10

    After you have gathered and prepared embellishments, begin designing....adhere sticker title. Gently sand to soften and distress.

    Step 11

    Tear and roll the edges of the large mat background piece.

    Step 12

    Add second mat layer. Adhere metal clothespin (I used hot glue to apply clothespin).

    Step 13

    Along the bottom of pallet, layer torn pieces of sand colored cardstock, then add netting.

    Step 14

    Layer in diecuts.

    Step 15

    Add ribbon embellished chipboard pieces.

    Step 16

    Adhere embossed shells and chipboard pieces to the title area.

    Step 17

    Here's what we have so far.

    Step 18

    Adhere embossed lobster diecut corner pieces.

    Step 19

    Add dimension to title letters by layering with embossed letters.

    Step 20

    Add found shells.

    Step 21

    Create tag mini album. Use stamps, chipboard and stickers to embellish.

    Step 22

    Add stickers, chipboard and cup hook to the pallet.

    Step 23

    The top area will feature a photo that can be clipped on with the metal clothespin.

    Step 24

    The bottom area will feature the tag mini album hung on the cup hook.

    Step 25

    Add finishing touches...found shells, chipboard buttons.....

    Step 26

    ...Randomly stamp images here and there, add metal brads to the corners. (I popped off the tops of the brads and hot glued them into place).

    Step 27

    Add wire to the top for hanging.

    Step 28

    Your photo can be changed out, or add layers of photos. Add journaling and additional photos or saved ephemera to the tag mini.

    Step 29

    Such a fun way to share memories of a favorite getaway, beach vacation or family reunion!!