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Embossed Glue Beach Scene

By: Heidi Borchers for Inspired at Home

If you love the beach, create a beach scene wall art piece with the special technique of glue embossing. Small canvases fit together for the larger piece, embellished with shells and other ocean trim. Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home shows us how. 

You can also listen to this project as you craft, read by Heidi Borchers. Listen

Embossed Glue Beach Scene


  • Canvases

12” x 12” (1)
4” x 4” (3)
4” x 8” (2)

  • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
  • Aleene’s® Platinum Bond™ 7800 All-Purpose Adhesive
  • Acrylic paints - assorted colors for seaside design
  • Brush(s) ½“ flat and ¼” flat
  • Shells and miscellaneous ocean themed trims


  1. Using photo as guide, draw designs onto each canvas with pencil.

    Glue Embosed Seahorse
  2. Place a tape nozzle onto the bottle of glue. See technique for help.
  3. Draw with glue along the pencil lines. Let dry completely.

    Embossed Glue Lighthouse
  4. Paint base color onto each design area. Let dry. Dry brush design area with lighter color. (Using the sea as an example, paint the darker blue first. Let dry. Then dry brush with lighter blue. Repeat painting technique for each canvas.

    Embossed Fish Close Up
  5. Glue embellishments onto canvases. Let dry.

    Embossed Crab      Embossed Sea Shell
  6. Lay canvases on a flat surface. Apply 7800 glue along the sides of the canvases that touch. Press canvases together and leave undisturbed until completely dry. To help hold together while drying, stack heavy books along edges of canvases. This will help to keep the canvases from shifting.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: If you don’t want to try your hand and hand-sketching designs on your canvas, children’s coloring books and simple clip art designs make great patterns for simple shapes such as these seaside images.

More Glue Embossing Crafts:

Embossed Glue Bookmarks

Embossed Glue Floral Frame

Embossed Glue Sun Burst

Embossed Glue Treasure Album

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