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.
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.
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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
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″.
Next, I adhered the paper strips onto the edges with the spray adhesive.
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.
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.
Put your frame back together and you have a pretty and personalized shadow box art!
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Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!