How to make a shadow box frame | Easy project to do in an afternoon!
Thrift Store Picture Frames
Picture frames are readily available at yard sales and thrift stores cheap!
I’ve made several large shadow boxes. While looking for a quickie project, I rummaged through my stash of picture frames. Luckily, I found one that I thought would work great for a diy shadow box frame.
Use Small Hobby Boards
I cut some shallow pieces of scrap luan to make the sides and the back.
Wood Glue | No Nails Needed
Because this is going to be a small shadow box, I knew Gorilla Glue was tough enough for the job. No nails needed!
Painter's Tape Replaces Clamps
I used some good ole Scotch Blue painter’s tape to hold everything together while the glue set up.
Add Back to Shadow Box
I used a bucket of paint to weight down the back while the glue set up.
Paint Several Projects at Once
You can see the small shadow box in the back left corner. I like to spray several pieces at a time while I have the Finish Max
Saw Tooth Hangers
For these kinds of lightweight projects, I use saw tooth hangers. You can see that I used two on this project which will allow this shadow box frame to hang vertical or horizontally.
Hang Shadow Box Horizontal or Vertical
I quickly staged it with a couple of items.
You can see that is is just deep enough.
Here it is displayed in my booth at Unique Creations. I love that photo holder. It’s been there for a long time. I’m thinking I should just bring it home. If you’re interested in making a photo holder you can check out my post….DIY Photo Holders
Maybe it's time to make another shadow box out of an old picture frame! It's fun and easy!
If you don't want to actually MAKE a shadow box frame, you could use a drawer for the box like I did here, in this Repurposed Drawer Display
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