diy wednesdays: cardboard shadow box

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our love of knickknacks, thingamajigs and ephemera is outweighed only by our hatred of clutter. which means whenever we pick up yet another objet we’d better find a spot for it. we fashioned this mini shadow box out of a simple cardboard gift box to house a little assemblage whose contents can be changed on a whim depending on what treasures we happen to find lying about. click here for the full project instructions or just click “read more” below.

have fun!
-derek & lauren

here’s what you’ll need:
-gift box with lid
-pencil
-x-acto blade
-cork tile
-scissors
-double-sided tape
-fabric

1. draw a decorative border onto the top of your box and carefully cut out with your x-acto blade.

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2. trace the bottom of the box onto a cork tile and cut out with scissors.

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3. cover the cork piece with a scrap of fabric, securing on the back with double-sided tape.
4. if your box is deep, you may also wish to line the inside with fabric, which you can also secure with double-sided tape.
5. puncture a small hole in the back of box with your x-acto blade.
6. insert fabric-covered cork piece into box bottom and assemble box.
7. fill with goodies and hang on a small nail through the hole in back!

Tara

I love the color scheme on the example. Unique shadow boxes are hard to come by. I never considered making my own, till now!

lucky

this is such a cute idea! just like you i love strange cute little things but hate clutter – so i totally get this :) do all shadowboxes usually have cork in them – or is that u just being brilliant?

Jennifer

What a great idea! I feel the same way that items have to be displayed nicely otherwise it’s just clutter laying around. Yet I love going thrifting. This project will help.

Lauren

hi! the cork is optional- just in case you want to mount things to the back with pins.

Laura

This is a brilliant idea. I contain little assemblages in a variety of ways – but ooo I simply love a new method! Thanks.

Love For Sale

This would be neat to do with a shoe box. I have some great heels that came in a shoe box with an interesting pattern on the box, so to make something with it would be great! I think i found just the project!

Linn

I’m so glad you shared this…I actually picked up a few shadowboxes on clearance and had no idea what to do with them. Thank you!

mary

Hello :)
I have a very difficult time purchasing anything, even for $1, a buck, if I do not know what I am going to do with it. this means where will it go and enhance our, or at least my life :)
This drives my daughter crazy!!!
So: I very much like your display box idea! A place for all cute little treasures.
With Kindness,
Mary

andrea

i love this! gave it a shot today since i’m redecorating my room and unearthing so many nicknacks in the process!

Elizabeth

This is awesome! I love shadow boxes, but the price in the stores is cost prohibitive. This will be a great way to save a little green- financially and environmentally.

Thanks!

Kim Buchheit

what a great idea! thanks for sharing.

[grace, i just opened my etsy store this week. please stop by when you have some time; i’d love to hear what you think! thanks :)]

amy

i’m afraid my poor xacto skills will preclude me from the decorative border :(

Paper Dolls for Boys

This is genius. It combines reusing stuff already lying around and turns it into a neat display! You’ve got me thinking now, maybe I’ll do a silhouette in the background and display my vintage kid’s toys!
Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.

Allison

This is the DIY bridesmaid gift idea that I have been looking for. I can personalize them for each amazing woman. Thank you so much!

Jen

You know, you could also avoid the need for dusting by reusing the flat back of plastic packaging as a window… hmmm…

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