I have always said that if I did not design paper goods, I would be a carpenter. Sounds crazy I know, but I love building things and with a lot of self teaching over the years, have hand-crafted some great pieces that have been simply wonderful for storage and organization.
Most of my DIY endeavors are the result of me searching and scouring every store in town for something I just can’t find, and if by chance I do, it always has that lovely “NOT FOR SALE: DISPLAY ONLY” tag on it. So off I go. The shadow box in my master bedroom makeover was definitely one of those “frustrating shopping experiences turns DIY” projects.
Here are a few of my other favorite pieces that I made in a similar state of mind:
A wonderful table top organizer for office supplies and pretty things.
Shelves in my studio to display invitations and such. My dear and talented friend Arden
of Arden Prucha Photography took this pic when shooting my home a few months ago. For plenty more visit Arden’s blog!
A lovely organizer for papers and envelopes. I need about 5 more of these.
My greatest, and most life changing, DIY project to date! A lovely wall unit filled with cubbies and
slide-out shelving to store everything from fabric to books.
So, for the first follow up to my master bedroom makeover, I have a DIY tutorial on how to build your own shadow box. I made mine quite large because I wanted to display our wishing tree tags however the same concept applies for any size that you might want to make. As well, while I used a table saw to cut the wood, you could also do this with a hack saw and a miter box (much safer and will cost you about $15 bucks at Lowes).
My favorite Wishing Tree piece of advice (far left): “1. Don’t go to bed angry. 2. Get a housekeeper.”
So if you would like to see more photos and read step by step instructions, including painting tips, click below!
Decorative molding for the frame
Wood for the base (needs to be about 1″ thick and at least 2″ wide. The length depends on what size shadow box you are making)
Paint (I used a combination of different colored spray paints)
Nail Gun OR hammer and nails
Foam board for the backing
Fabric (at least 1 yard)
So now you are pretty much finished! Pop your fabric covered backing into your handcrafted frame, decorate it with your most treasured findings and hang! Feel free to email me with further questions on how to make your own shadow box…I would love to help!