DIY Decorated Shadow Box Initial Art


DIY a shadow box with your initial and a few embellishments to create some meaningful, artwork that’s trendy and classic.

Hi Kenarry readers! It’s Lori from Greco Design Company and I’m here today to show you how to turn a regular, boring shadow box into a beautiful, personalized piece of art.

DIY shadow box initial art main image

I love initials. I even have a whole wall of G’s in our home. And they seem to be a trend that’s sticking around for a long time. Here are the instructions on how to take a simple shadow box, add your initial, along with some colorful paper and embellishments, and create some meaningful art.

You can even make your own shadow box shelves from scratch for this craft or other home decorating.

DIY shadow box initial art before

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Here’s what you’ll need:

• A shadow box. I found this Better Homes & Garden one at Walmart. It’s 12″ x 12″ with a depth of 1.25″.
Decorative paper
Acrylic Paint, black and white
• An initial. I found a 10″ unfinished wood one at Michael’s. You can find an assortment of letters at many art supply stores, home design stores or even Amazon.
• Fabric flowers – like this one. And these.
Glue gun
Super 77 Spray Adhesive, or similar
Scissors or an X-acto knife

DIY shadow box initial art with paper


First, I took the back off of the shadow box and I added some color to the inside edges. To do this, I cut 4 strips from my scrapbook paper to fit the dimensions of my shadow box edges. They were each 11.5″ x 1.15″.

DIY shadow box initial art with paper

Next, I adhered the paper strips onto the edges with the spray adhesive.

DIY shadow box initial art painting

I painted my wood initial gray by mixing black and white Liquitex acrylic paints. I like the rough look of the painted finish.

DIY shadow box initial art painting

After the paint was dry, I attached the initial to the backing of my shadow box with a glue gun. My shadow box already had a nice beige linen backing. If yours doesn’t have a backing that you like, just attach a different piece of scrapbook paper – or even a piece of fabric.

DIY shadow box initial art with fabric flowers

Once the initial is attached, I added the fabric flowers. I like to arrange them in a small group on one corner of the initial. You should use a few different sizes of flowers and vary the colors to work with your decor.

DIY shadow box initial art finished

Put your frame back together and you have a pretty and personalized shadow box art!

DIY shadow box initial art

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