DIY 03: Christmas Shadow BoxDecember 3rd, 2012 | Posted by in 12 DIY's Of Christmas | DIY | Holidays/Seasons | Home Renovation
My mom has this cute light up frame that says “Merry Christmas” in frosted type. It’s adorable, but it’s far to traditional for me. When I found this wooden “Merry” at Michaels for $1.50 I thought it would be neat to make a modern version of Mom’s sign. I found a white shadow box at Michaels that was 40% off and mounted the words on a sheet of foam core. The nice thing about this project is that you can really get creative with it for not a lot of money. You can use an old picture frame with the glass taken out or one from a second hand store if you don’t have a spare. You can also cut your own words or shapes out of foam core or card stock. Dominion has some cute 3D glitter word ornaments in a few different colours that would work really well for a project like this. For the background, use patterned or shiny wrapping or scrap book paper. You could even go as far as spray painting your frame a funky color! The opportunities are endless. As for my preference, I like simple and clean decorations with a little less santa and a little more “pretty winter”, so I decided to go white on white.
- Shadow box or picture frame
- Word or image feature
- Hot glue gun
- Cardstock, foam core or wrapping paper
- Acrylic paint if you need it.
Step 1: Painting
Even though my words looked pretty in red, they weren’t the right colour. Some acrylic paint took care of this.
Step 2: Background
Decide which type of background you want. I used plain white foam core. If you want a little pattern, use wrapping paper or card stock and cut it to the correct size of your frame.
Step 3: Placement
Figure out where you want your word or object to be. I wanted mine optically centred (a little bit closer to the top than the bottom). I measured the centre of the foam core and the centre of my word and marked it lightly with a pencil.
Step 4: Glue
Glue or tape your word into place.
Step 5: Frame
Close up the frame, making sure there is no dirt or dust inside the glass and you’re done!
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