Recently, I made a keepsake gift using shadow box and when I went for shopping shadow box I found it difficult to find a size I want. This is a second time it is happening, The first time was when I was planning to make DIY Gemstones Picture Frame/Shadowbox. I couldn't find a box that it deep enough to fit the stones and also I couldn't find a square one. So I settled for a square one with less than one inch deep and decided to break the stones to fit inside. I thought I should give a try making my own shadow box and I am sharing it with you today.
DIY Shadow Box Using Cardboard
Decide the measurement of the shadow box. I went with 5.5" square with one-inch sides. The frame thickness is 0.5". Use a ruler and a writing utensil to measure and draw the front and back frames on the cardboard and cut using the utility knife.
Cut the cardboard pieces for the sides. For the outer square, cut 4 pieces measuring 1" X5.5" and for the inner square, cut 4 pieces measuring 1" X4.5".
This step is optional. I planned to use it as a piggy bank for "my craft supply fund" so I cut the slots in the pieces that go on the top of the box. Measure and cut the slot for money to go in. The slot measurement I used is 0.25" X 1".
Glue the cardboard pieces onto one of the square frames you cut in step 1.If you find the one or two pieces of cardboard a little bigger, trim the sides to fit the square. (I forgot to take a picture after gluing all the pieces. )
Check my DIY shadow box using cardboard for detailed step by step instructions.
I love how this turned out. I totally accept that it is quite a bit of work but the end result is so worth it and of course you are getting it for almost free if you have all the supplies on hand. I made the back piece as removable one but if you want it permanent you can just glue the back piece and skip some steps.By that way, you can add all the things you want from the front and glue the front frame at last. Or, if you are putting anything that is heavy and want it to be removable I would advise adding tiny flaps(made of any thick material like chipboard or thick cardboard) using brads to the frame so that it holds the back piece (Like the ones you see in the picture frames). You can use command strips to hang the box if you want.
What all the others things you would have done differently if you were to make this shadow box? I am sure this can be done in many ways but I went with this method based on the things I already have. Share with me your thoughts in the comment below. As always I will be happy to hear from you.what would you have done differently if you were to make this shadow box? I am sure this can be done in many ways but I went with this method based on the things I already have. Share with me your thoughts in the comment below. As always I will be happy to hear from you.
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Published April 21st, 2017 4:30 PM