Shadow Box Frame Ideas
Hello, my wonderful Graphics Fairy Friends! Heather from Thicketworks here with a quick tutorial – Shadow Box Frame Ideas! This is a fun and easy way to display tiny trinkets…
Click on the Image Below to download your Free PDF of the Frames and Coordinating Background Papers:
Shadow Box Frame Ideas Supplies:
- Small cardboard Jewelry Boxes from your stash
- 1 Sheet of White Cardstock
- 3 Sheets of Printer Paper
- 1 – 8.5 x 11 inch Sheet of Medium Weight Chipboard
- Craft Blade / Metal Ruler / Cutting Surface
- Super 77 Spray Adhesive or Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
- An Emery Board
- A Black Permanent Marker
- Heavy Duty Adhesive (I use Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive )
- Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
- Flat Paint brush
- Assorted Mini Treasures to Display!
How to Make Mini Shadow Box Frames:
Print out the Frames on White Cardstock, using either an InkJet or Toner Printer
Note: if using an InkJet Printer, consider sealing your prints before brushing on a layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to avoid smearing
Print out the Coordinating Background Papers on plain Printer Paper
Gather a handful of little cardboard jewelry boxes – these are 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 inches
Select the Mini Shadow Box Frame you’d like to work with, and have the Coordinating Background Paper close at hand.
Verify that your box will cover the opening in the Mini Shadow Box Frame:
Trim the background paper to a size large enough to line the interior of the box:
Fold the paper so that it will line the interior of the box:
Snip the corners of the folded paper, so that it will tuck neatly into place.
Apply your favorite Paper Adhesive to the interior of the box.
Tuck the lining paper in, and press firmly.
Repeat the same process to cover the exterior of the box.
The result should look something like this:
Adhere the Printed Cardstock Frames to a sheet of Medium Weight Chipboard.
I prefer a good quality spray adhesive for this step so that the Mini Shadow Box Frames can be cut immediately.
Trim the excess paper/chipboard from the exterior edges of the frames.
Neaten the apertures with an Emery Board:
Darken the exposed chipboard/paper edges with a Black Permanent Marker.
Carefully trim away the oval apertures, using a Craft Blade and a slow steady motion to cut a small bit at a time.
Neaten and Darken the edges of the apertures.
Without gluing in place, dry fit the frames onto the lined boxes.
You may wish to use any leftover background papers to cover the back of each Frame.
Add a coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to the front of the Mini Shadow Box Frames to seal and protect them.
While the glaze is curing (about 20 minutes), raid your stash for tiny treasures!
Arrange and adhere your doo-dads inside the box, then glue the Frame onto the box front with a Heavy Duty Adhesive.
Apply rhinestones or other embellishments at will!
This is a wonderful way to showcase tiny fussy cut treasures!
And there we have it! A bevy of delightful Mini Shadow Boxes – perfect for displaying those Miniature Bits & Pieces that we all accumulate!
Thank you for visiting The Graphics Fairy today! You may also like DIY French Upcycled Candy Boxes HERE.
I hope you’ll make your own tiny shadow boxes – it’s so fun!
Until next time,