How Do You Make a Shadow Box?


Quick Answer

To build a shadow box, cut and glue five pieces of wood together in the shape of an open box. Fill the shadow box according to a theme with mementos, photos or knickknacks.

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  1. Measure and cut the wood

    For the back piece, measure and cut a piece of 1/4-inch pine that is 8 inches by 7 inches. For the top and bottom, measure and cut two pieces from 1/2-inch pine that are 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. For the left and right sides, measure and cut two pieces from 1/2-inch pine that are 8 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Adjust the dimensions if desired.

  2. Glue and nail the box

    Apply wood glue around the perimeter of the back piece. Add the sides one at a time, applying wood glue along the seams. Hold the box together with clamps while drying. To secure the box, hammer finishing nails into the corners.

  3. Decorate the box

    Paint the outside areas of the box. Paint the inside with a contrasting color, or line it with fabric. For a fabric lining, cut five pieces of card stock that are 1/8 inch smaller than each of the interior sides. Cut the fabric pieces 1/2 inch larger than the card stock. Wrap the fabric around the card stock, and secure the material with double-sided tape. Glue the bottom panel down first, then glue down the sides.

  4. Display the box

    Place the shadow box on a shelf, or use picture frame hooks to attach it to the wall.

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