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It’s officially February which means that Love is All Around! What a better way to celebrate than to make something?!? Last year I made this Junk Mail & Scrap Paper Valentine card and this Heart Paper Chain, both out of scraps made from sending out 1099′s… This year I decided to step up my game, and with the help of Oriental Trading Company I made this neat Valentine Shadow Box Craft!
Did you know that Oriental Trading Company has craft supplies? I’ve ordered numerous party supplies from them (like these goodies that Britni at Play.Party.Pin. used in her Desserts Only Valentine Party), but never thought to look for crafts other than the cute kits they have for summer camp and VBS. However, every single supply in the picture above came from Oriental Trading Company! These are the supplies I used:
- DIY Shadow Box
- Mod Podge – Paper
- Pink & Red Rose Beads
- Flower & Pink Ribbon Clear Beads
- Heart Glitter Shapes
- Itty Bitty Heart Brads
- Silvertone Arrow Charms
- Love Potion Bottle Charms
- Vintage Valentines Die Cut Shapes
- Tissue Heart Picks
- Valentines Ribbon Assortment
Other Supplies You May Want Handy:
- Paint in desired colors
- Foam Brushes
- Exacto Knife
- Assorted Decorative Paper
- Washi Tape
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- 500 Grit Sandpaper
My first step was to paint the shadow box with acrylic craft paint. I used a pearl pink for the inside of the box, and a metallic garnet red for the outside. Once the paint dried, I lightly sanded the edges with 500 grit sandpaper in order to allow the wood to show through and distress the finish a little. Keep in mind that this is just craft paint…it doesn’t take that much effort to sand off a layer!
Other than the large opening, the squares are each 3″x3″ so I cut three squares out of various printed paper. Since I can’t cut a straight line to save my life, I cut the edges with decorative scissors so that my inaccuracy wasn’t quite as noticeable. Next, I painted a layer of Mod Podge in one of the square openings, placed my paper, then covered it with another layer of Mod Podge. I probably used too much. That’s how I roll.
In the large opening of the shadow box I hung one of the die cut shapes with a clothes pin, but not before slapping on a piece of sparkly washi tape. In order to ensure that it would stay, I put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the surface of the safety-pin before placing the tape. I then hot glued the clothes pin into place (which you’ll be able to see further down in the post.)
I Mod Podged several of the die cut shapes into some of the openings, hot glued some beads and charms, added some ribbon in various spots, and finally the shadow box was done! (And I love it!)
For the sake of full disclosure, I need to let you know that I had help with this project… Now let’s look at it!
I love how it turned out…I just hate the lighting. :( Soon on my list of things to do is to get my “real” camera fixed and buy some lighting! A desk lamp and the camera on my phone just aren’t cutting it anymore…
What do you think? Which little square is your favorite? What would you put in a Valentine shadow box? Hop on over to Oriental Trading Company and create your own!
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