Thursday, August 15, 2013

#TBCCrafters Thrilling Thursday Craft - Make a Framed Shadow Box

Check it Out!  On my quest to rebuild my craft supplies, I spend a lot of my shopping time in the clearance section. I love a great deal and even if I am not going to use it right away, I know there will be something else that comes along to eventually use it with.  A few months back I found these great die cut wooden frames on clearance and I bought 2 of the small ones and 1 of the larger ones and then a few weeks ago I found a set of nesting wooden crates marked down as well.  I discovered that the small frame fits perfectly on one of the wooden crates and creates a great framed shadow box.

My supplies include: paints, seashells and some great jeweled push pins (also a clearance item) along with hot glue.  

I started by painting my wood.  I painted the die-cut frame a light blue along with the outside of the wooden crate.  I painted the inside of the crate a tan color.   I knew I wanted to use a beach picture in my shadow box, but I also chose to use the push pins so that I can change the photo out if I want to.  

So using the push pins I attach my picture to the inside of the crate.  I didn't use any other sort of glue and only used 2 at the top of the picture.

Then I simply hot glued the wooden die cut frame to the top of the wooden crate to create the framed box.  

You can add a hanger to the back or just set it on a shelf.  
I added some seashells to complete the look and again did not glue them down.  By not gluing things down, I am able to easily change the picture and embellishments.  I could put a family Christmas picture and some ornaments for the holidays or a birthday picture and some mini presents or whatever!


  1. Cute - what a great idea to show off more than just a pic!! Pinned & Tweeted!

    1. Thanks Jamie! I love making things that I can interact with!

  2. I love this. What a cute idea.

  3. This is nice, I love what you did with the frame, I saw the push pins too, but at the time, I had no real purpose, you've got the knack for coming up with fantastically creative ideas!

  4. I always want to make one like this. Guess that I need to go shopping in the clearance section to try my luck.


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