DIY Shadow Boxes

One thing I love about summer is that I have more time to craft! I love thrift store shopping and I end up collecting items with the intent to use them in a craft or re-purposing them in some way. On a recent visit to one of my favorite thrift stores up in San Luis Obispo, CA  I found these frames.

Thrift Store treasures

And to make the shopping trip even better, it was half-off all pictures and frames day! That brought the price for each of these to $1.50. Deal!

Shadow Boxes before image

I knew what I wanted to do with them immediately. I wanted to create a magnetic shadow box frame so that I could display my daughter’s artwork and change it out easily.

I’m missing the photo of the metal that I put inside. Home Depot (love them!) sells pre-cut 12″x12″ thin metal sheets, so I got 2 of those and glued them to the background with some E6000. This was the most expensive part of the project. The sheets cost about $6.00 each. Also, I recommend bringing a tape measure with you and verifying the size. One of the sheets ended up being slightly too large and would not fit in the box. I returned it got one that fit.

Over the top of the metal, I used pretty scrapbook paper and found two patterns that coordinated well together. (Michael’s 5 sheets/$1 sale!) I applied a thin layer of Mod-Podge, carefully applied the paper, smoothed it down and let it dry.

Craft Shack DIY Shadow and Art Box

After it was dry, I hung them on the wall. They look great on their own with the felt/burlap flower magnets (yes, I made those too! and will post the steps for those soon)

Finished Shadow Boxex hung on the wall

Or with artwork installed.

Shadow Boxes with Child's Artwork

Have you come up with a creative way to display your child’s artwork? We’d love to hear about it.


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