I am an avid lover of shadow boxes. It’s so easy to add depth to projects when creating handmade shadow boxes. If you’re looking for a Fall craft to celebrate the season, here is a Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box that’s easy and fun to create.
Materials and Tools for Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box
- Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas, 10″x10″, (#29471)
- DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
- Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Dies: Bird, Flower Layers
- Beacon Adhesives: Fast Finish Decoupage, Gem-Tac
- Fairfield Polyfil Fiberfill
- Fabric, scraps
- Black wool felt, scraps
- Patterned papers with scallop edges: black/white polka dot, self-adhesive cork with script font
- Wooden block, 1″
- Assorted embellishments: self-adhesive pearl rows, gem stone rows, flower centers, decorative stick pins
- Inkjet fabric sheets or rubber stamps, ink, and muslin scraps
- Wire, 18-gauge, 10″ lengths
- Foam brush, paintbrush, wire cutters
- Scissors, sewing machine and thread, needle and thread, ruler, paper trimmer
I started by painting the unfinished box Lamp Black. Even though you will be covering most of the handmade shadow box with decorative papers, you want to start with a nice evenly-coated black canvas.
To découpage the box, measure the sides and insert of the basswood canvas and cut the papers to size using the paper trimmer. I usually cut the papers about an 1/8” smaller than the actual measurements, which makes it easier to découpage. Use the découpage medium and a foam brush to apply the papers to the sides and insides of the box. If you want to cover the back as well, feel free to do so.
Coat the back of the papers with the découpage medium with the foam brush, as well as the surface you will be applying it to. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers, being careful not to tear the découpaged papers.
To create the die-cut flowers which will embellish your shadow box, use die-cut machine, flower layers die, and fabric scraps in Fall-inspired colors. Stack them together and use a little glue to hold in place. As an option, you can pin them together before sewing.
Let the glue dry and then use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the flowers in place in a freeform motion.
Create a fall-themed sentiment by typing it into a word processing software program and then printing it out on inkjet fabric sheets. As an option, you can stamp on muslin scraps with alphabet stamps or an Autumn-themed sentiment with black ink.
As the focal point for my Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box, I chose a black crow. Die cut the crow using the bird die-cut and black wool felt two times. Using the sewing machine and thread, sew the sentiments on one of the bird die-cuts.
Use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the bird together, leaving about 2” open at the bottom for stuffing with the fiberfill. Cut two 5″ lengths of wire for the bird legs. Use a little glue to secure to one side of the felt bird.
Use needle and thread to whipstitch the opening of the bird closed. Adhere the wooden block to the back of the bird. This will give a dimensional effect as the crow will be standing in the Autumn-themed shadow box.
Now here comes the fun part! Putting your Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box together! Adhere the flowers to the inside of the shadow box on the sides, as desired. Embellish further with the self-adhesive gem stone rows and flower centers. Adhere the wooden block to the center of the box so the crow stands up inside the shadow box. If you wish, embellish the crow further by adding some decorative stick pins.
Use your imagination and materials you have on hand to create your own unique Autumn-themed Shadow Box. Happy Fall!
Live Life Creatively,
Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)