Something Fun With a Shadowbox


October 24, 2012 by magpiemenina

As I noted in a recent post, I like religious art of all sorts from all different religions. Here’s another shrine I made. I’m making a theme wall, I think. It took me about four hours, which is pretty awesome. If you aren’t into shrines, there’s no reason you can’t use this technique for photos of family and friends, or a special moment. Perhaps white flowers around a wedding photograph? Or pastel flowers for a baby portrait? The possibilities are endless.

This one is another Virgin of Guadalupe shrine, the same as the milagro shrine I posted recently. It will look good with my vintage floral prints.

Anyway, this is an idea-starter for you! Here’s how:

You will need:

-shadowbox (mine was 8 x 11)

-piece of balsa wood, cut to fit inside the shadow box

-sandpaper and paint to seal the wood (any color)

-Plaid Royal Coat Decoupage Finish or Modge Podge

-Elmer’s Glue All

-paintbrush (small)

-several magazine from which to cut out pictures of flowers

-three dimensional paper flowers (available at craft stores)

-Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive (also available at craft stores in the glue aisle – I use it for everything)

1. Cut the balsa wood to shape. I was able to do this by scoring repeatedly with a pair of scissors. There are better ways of doing this, but they’re in storage as we await our move. Sand. Coat with paint. This helps to keep the wood from absorbing all of the Decoupage Finish you use to attach your picture. (Trust me, this is necessary. I learned the hard way from two collaged tray tables.) Let dry.

2. Brush Royal Coat Decoupage Finish onto the back of your photograph or image. Carefully lay it on the wood and smooth out the bubbles. A brayer or ruler helps. Insert wood into the shadowbox. It should fit snugly (glue it or use some toothpick shims to keep it in place if it does not).

3. Arrange the flowers cut from the magazines on the top of the glass in such a manner as to frame the image. Brush the back side of each with Elmer’s Glue All (it adheres to glass) and put in place, again smoothing out any bubbles. Repeat as necessary.

Here is the inner ring of flowers, laid out on top of the glass and ready for gluing.

4. Using the Fabri-Tac, glue each paper flower around the frame. You can change the shape of the shadowbox as you like by stapling, gluing, or otherwise attaching paperboard covered in paper to match your frame to the shadowbox. I actually fandangled my nicho-inspired arch  using paperboard, glue, tape, an awl, and dismembered wire hangers. Stapling is probably far easier. Be sure to let everything dry before moving.

I’d love to see the results if you try this!

Closer view

A side view to better show the dimensionality of it.



4 thoughts on “Something Fun With a Shadowbox

  1. The Shadowbox is absolutely perfect!!!! Thank you for posting and keep up the wonderful creative ideas and work!!!!

  2. magpiemenina says:

    Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by, Pat!

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