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.
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.
Add more narrow weathered fence boards for the back
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 the 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 would 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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