How to Make a Valentine's Day Shadow Box Ornament
I particularly love her shadowbox ornaments, they’re so vintage-y and sparkle-y, I have to restrain myself from buying all of them!!!
Well, fortunately for me (and my pocketbook), Leslie agreed to share a tutorial for you all so that we can make our own!! Isn’t that nice?
Of course, if you aren’t the crafty type or don’t want to take time to make one, you can always buy one directly from Leslie at her Etsy shop Brookhollow Lane. But in the meantime, let’s make a shadowbox ornament!
Take it away, Leslie!
My name is Leslie and I’m from Brookhollow Lane. I’m so excited and honored that Angela asked me to do a how to on my shadowbox ornaments. I’ve been making these for a few years and love doing different scenes and holidays in them. I love using vintage cards and images to create these. I think a complete image works best (not just part of a body or scene). You could use any type of image that you like. I also save those little wood Brie cheese boxes for these. Yes, we eat a lot of Brie over here, but you could use any type of small shallow card board or even metal box, round or square. As long as you can punch a hole for the hanger you’re good to go. Anybody can make these, its just lots of little steps of glueing and cutting and glittering.
Here we go:
Step 1: Gather Supplies
First you need the container that you can use for the body of the shadowbox. I used a clean, empty Brie cheese container, but you could use any shallow cardboard, wood or metal container, round or square. You will also need a valentine. Here I used an image from a vintage children’s songbook, but you could use an old valentine’s card or find an image with a stock library such as The Graphics Fairy. A couple of great free collections are 9 Retro Valentines with Animals and 12 Retro Valentines with Children.
You will also need some scrapbook paper for the inside of the container and a bit of vintage music or more scrapbooking paper for the back (not pictured).
In addition, you will need some common craft supplies. Here’s the complete list:
small, shallow container
acrylic craft paint
vintage music or image of music
deckle-edge scissors (optional)
one length of ribbon about the same width as the outside side wall of the box and long enough to go all the way around
one length of trim (I have pom-pom trim here) long enough to go around the box
a small bit of ribbon or string to make the hanger (I’m using ribbon here)
cotton swabs (for spreading glue)
glitter glue like Stickles
Pop Dots (for adding dimension in the shadowbox)
Step 2: Prepare Box
Use the craft paint to paint any parts of box with ads or stuff you don’t want to see. I painted 2 coats of red.
Step 3: Decorate the Back
Print out your back side image and trace around it. I used deckle edge scissors and cut it slightly smaller so you can see the painted edge. I added a little heart from another valentine. Mod Podge the back to stick it down, let dry, and Mod Podge over the whole back to seal everything in. Let dry.
Step 4: Decorate the Sides
Glue wide ribbon to sides. I use mini clothes pins to hold while it dries. I’ve found that some ribbon won’t stay if you use hot glue, but you can test it if you wish.
Step 5: Decorate the Front Edge
I added white mini pom pom trim to finish off front edge. You don’t have to do this step if you don’t want to. Hold it in place with more clothespins while it dries.
Step 6: Prep Box Inside
Trace your scrapbook paper and cut out to fit inside of shadowbox. Glue down and let dry. I use a Q-tip to spread the glue completely on back of paper.
Once the paper is in, spread glue on the inside wall of the container and apply glitter. Let dry.
Step 7: Make Ribbon Hanger
Use a hole punch to make small hole for ribbon hanger on top of box. Use small piece of ribbon and tie knot or glue ends to hold inside box. Let dry.
Step 8: Prepare Image
Whew, you’re almost done. Let’s prepare your image. First size and print it out on card stock to fit into the box. I’ve scanned my Valentine in so you can use it, too. Just right click the image here and choose “save.”
Once you have your images printed out, use a glitter glue pen to add some sparkle to the valentine. Let dry.
Step 9: Cut and Mount Image
Carefully cut out the image. Then use Pop Dots to stick it on the background. This creates a 3-D effect. You can even double up to make it stick out further.
Step 10: Embellish
Finally, add any small embellishments to inside or top of box. I used hot glue to add the little bird and red hearts. Here’s where you can get really creative. Have fun with it.
I’ve sure enjoyed sharing this with you, I hope you give it a try. If you make an ornament, be sure to share on Instagram and tag me @brookhollowlane
About the Author
Leslie has been crafting and decorating ever since she can remember. She loves using vintage touches in my home and her Etsy shop. She also loves to use color. She never tires redoing things and could spend all day in her craft room. You can visit her at her Etsy shop Brookhollow Lane or on Instagram.
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that with us, Leslie!!! It’s been an honor to have you and I can’t wait to try this fun craft. If you try it, definitely come on over to Facebook or Instagram and share your results!