Valentines Day is a holiday where I get the chance to decorate with a lot of pink. With four boys in my house, I usually try to cut back on pink in general, but Valentines? Free reign! Today I’ll show you a simple tutorial for how to create a shadow box that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! It will look great added to my pink decor collection.
- Core’dinations Core Basics Patterned Dark Pink Large Dot
- Core’dinations Core Basics Patterned Dark Pink Stripe
- Glitter Silk Collection Sheet – Silvermist
- Darice Wood Wall Panel
- Core’dinations Core Tags
- Darice White Grosgrain Ribbon
- Mod Podge® Matte Jar
- Darice Foam Brush
To begin this tutorial I will show you how to create a shadow box by using a wooden panel. These panels were manufactured for painting on- like a canvas. I love using them for craft projects. Open your wooden panel. If you turn it over, it becomes a shadow box!
Measure the inner and outer edges of the shadow box, as well as the “frame” of the box. The “frame” of the box measured 1″, and the inner and outer sides of the box measured just smaller than 1″.
Cut strips from your pink striped paper. You will need 12 strips total. Trim the inner strips to fit the inside of the box. Using Mod Podge, adhere inner strips to box.
When adhering the “frame” strips to the box, I used a technique of mitering the corners of the paper. Lay the strips over the frame area with the strips overlapping each other on the corners. I used temporary adhesive to hold the strips in place.
Then, using scissors, cut both of the overlapping corners, at the same time at an angle.
Discard the excess strips of paper, and adhere your mitered strips to the frame using Mod Podge.
You will be left with professional looking mitered corners!
Continue by adhering the paper strips to the outer edges of the shadow box using Mod Podge.
From the pink polka dot paper, trim a rectangle to fit the inside of the shadow box. Mine measured 8″ by 6″. Adhere to inside of shadow box with Mod Podge. When that is dry, coat the entire shadow box with a top coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry completely.
The next step in this how to create a shadow box tutorial is to make your tags while the shadow box is drying.
I chose to cut my letters spelling “LOVE” from Glittersilk cardstock on my electronic cutting machine. I love using Glittersilk. The glitter does not flake or shed, and cuts beautifully. You could also use stickers or chipboard letters. Select your desired letters and place them onto a medium sized white tag.
I love using Core’dinations tags in my crafting. They come with the silver metal grommet already attached.
Cut a small length of grosgrain ribbon for each tag. You will just want to eyeball how low you want your tags to hang in your shadowbox. Create a small bow for each tag as well.
Thread the cut piece of ribbon through the metal grommet to the back side of the tag and adhere it with a glue dot or tape.
Flip the tag back over to the front side, and adhere the bow to the grommet with a glue dot.
Attach your tags to the underneath top side of the shadowbox using glue dots.
We hope you enjoyed learning how to create a shadow box. Have fun displaying your new crafty decoration this Valentine’s Day!
If you’re looking for other ideas to spruce up your decor for Valentine’s Day, check out this paper mache Valentine’s art.