How You Can Make Your Own Super Easy DIY Shadow Box


Many years ago, I worked in a picture framing shop. As a professional framer, I built many types of shadow boxes in different sizes.

You can even preserve your wedding flower in a shadow box. They’re also a great way to capture a major event or milestone.

When a shadow box is done properly, it can last over 20 years.

In a previous life, I worked as a professional framer and had a first-hand appreciation of the work and the quality of the material that goes into making those long-lasting shadow boxes.

How to Make a DIY Shadow Box


For this pink butterfly shadowbox, I got most of my supplies from Hobby Lobby:

– A 12×12 shadowbox frame in white – One pink floral fabric quarter – One sheet of 12×12 yellow polka dot scrapbook paper – One package of mini clothespins – One spool of green ric rac – Two painted wooden butterflies (from the wood crafts section) – Acid-free double-sided tape – Krazy Glue – scissors – paper cutter – A piece of UV conservative clear glass (I got it from Jo-Ann’s custom framing counter)

Top Tip

To prevent the items in the shadow box from fading, it is important to invest in a UV conservation glass.

Pick a shadow box frame with removable glass, so you can replace it with the UV-conservative glass later.


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