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How to Make a Shadow Box: A DIY!

One great way to decorate your home and add a little bit of dimension is by creating a shadowbox! Shadowboxes are easily found at any type of craft store and relatively inexpensive. I just recently created a shadowbox to commemorate a recent road trip to Florida and Charleston, South Carolina and I want to share how I did it with you guys!

1. Buy the right shadowbox:

Shadowboxes come in all different sizes and dimensions and with different colors of stain on them so choose the one that will be best for what you are using it for. Think about what you will be putting it in and what pictures you want to display to make sure it will all go together.

2. Decide on the background:

You can use the black background with the shadowbox or you can spruce it up to be a little more creative! One thing that I did was buy some scrapbook paper at the craft store (usually between $0.50 and $1.00 per page) to place in the background of my shadowbox. Once home I cut the scrapbook paper to fit how I wanted it to! I chose to somewhat kitty corner the white map paper with the black map hearts paper because I wanted more of a scrapbook look to it. Once I had it how I wanted it to be I glued it down together to create a solid base for my decorations!

3. Place down any photos/stickers etc.:

For this shadowbox I also had bought scrapbook stickers and printed out polaroid photos to place inside. Before I stuck anything down I first placed everything on the scrapbook paper to make sure I liked the placement. From there I was able to move the pieces around until it looked exactly how I wanted it to.

4. Stick everything down:

While this next step may seem obvious, now you stick everything down. Some shadowboxes have a more felt backing to them so for me to do this I had to pin the scrapbook paper in place with sewing pins. I also wanted to use thumbtacks to place my polaroid pictures because I thought it would add a bit more dimension to it that way. And then lastly I stuck down any adhesive stickers that I had picked.

5. Have fun with it!

While on our trip I had collected a water bottle full of sand from one of the beaches we went to along with a bag of seashells. To finish off the shadowbox on the bottom I placed a layer of glue and then a layer of sand. And then on top of the sand I placed some sea shells to make it even more beach themed! 

6. Hang and enjoy!

Now your shadowbox is completed and it should perfectly fit your style! I couldn't be happier with the way mine turned out!

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