Today I have a simple rustic shadow box made from an old frame and some leftover fence pieces. I make directional wedding signs on Etsy, and end up with a lot of leftover pieces that are not good enough quality for painting—and of course I save these pieces.
Last year I went through a bunch of my picture frames….
….. and had a painting marathon.
After painting the frames, I took some of them to Making Merry in Berry Hill. The frame I used for this project is the weathered white one by the red one.
This is the fence I use for my directional wedding signs.
Cut narrow fence boards and rest them in the picture frame
I picked some pieces out of the scrap pile and cut them to size to fit the picture frame that would become my rustic shadow box. Be sure to do a dry fit to make sure your boards fit very snug.
Liquid Nails is helpful to hold the boards in place
Next, I used Liquid Nails for this project—here you can see where I squirted it onto the lip of the picture frame to secure the fence boards.
I continued to glue (Liquid Nails) and clamp until the boards set up. For good measure I also used my nail gun to help give a secure hold.
By running a small bead of the liquid nails, at each corner AND on the lip of the picture frame, no nails are necessary unless you choose to use them.
Add more narrow weathered fence boards for the back of the rustic shadow box.
I gathered more boards and cut them to size. I didn’t have to rip any of the boards, they were the perfect size to leave a small gap between the boards.
Of course I used my favorite d-rings on the back for hanging. I typically use 3 d-rings so that a shadow box can be hung horizontally as shown here, or vertically.
This shadow box would be great to hold some plants to give the patio a pop of color.
It could also hold small garden statues.
If you like rustic décor indoors, it would be the perfect fit! It’s actually very versatile.
I love using up scrap fence pieces, do you need more rustic fence project ideas?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.