Valentine Shadow Boxes
Ok, so like me you probably have plenty of pictures laying around with the only real means of displaying them being in a photo album...but lets be honest, how many times do you really LOOK through that album? All of those gorgeous memories sandwiched away between book bindings (or digital albums) got me thinking about creative ways to display them, thus leading to my newest Blog Craft!
I had taken these Adorable pictures a few years ago of my daughter and niece (I will admit, due to digital age photography and the internet, I had not even gotten around to getting them printed...sad but true)
I figured it was about time but struggled with how to display them. I mean sure, I could frame them in typical black frames
(*side note...I don't hang my pictures in anything but black...call it a pet peeve of mine or one of my OCD characteristics, but I just think most photos look better with a black frame)
Anyway, as I was walking through the reCREATE warehouse, I noticed some totally neat heart shaped Chocolate boxes, and got to thinking that they were just about big enough to fit pictures in! Maybe with a little tweaking and some fancy connecting it would work, so I set on my mission and here is what I did and what I used:
* 2 large & 2 small Heart Shaped Chocolate Boxes
* Red Ribbon (left over from Christmas)
* 4 pieces of Black Cardstock
* 1 8x10 & 2 5x7 pictures
* 6 Small Red roses
* Red Heart beads & tiny mixed beads
* Poem printed about Cousins
* String for back
* Glue gun
* Exacto Knife
HOW TO CREATE IT:
Pick your photos
I had my local box store print me a couple pictures...It only cost $4.59 but could have been even less expensive had I already had them printed or used my own printer.
Arrange your boxes in the configuration you like best!
(I personally like odd numbers for displaying things, so I ended up using 7 total)
Cut out the card stock to fit the INSIDE of the hearts that will be BEHIND the photos
I used black since it coordinated with my black & white photos but you can use what you prefer.
Trim pictures to fit the inside of the frames as best you can
Attach them to the cardstock, but Do Not glue them down into the frames just yet
Also, since I wrote a poem to go with my pictures, I trimmed those as well...the poem reads:
We are COUSINS by Birth
But we knew from the start
Fate brought us together
Forever SISTERS in Heart
Hot glue the frames together where they are touching each other
In my arrangement I have all of my frames touching at at least 2 points for stability
Ok I added a supply I had forgotten to list:
* Black paint
(I told you I had a little OCD hehehe)
As I was getting ready to glue all of the pictures in place it just needed SOMETHING...that something for me was coordination and of course nothing coordinaes as well as the uniform color BLACK
So no suprise, Step #6 is paint your frames all the same color (if you are not as particular as me, then just move right along to Step #7)
Now that your frames are dry (or you skipped ahead)...
Secure the cardstock, photos and poem if you wanted one into place.
I chose to use a little of the red ribbon for the inside lining of the Large box, tiny roses & small beads to accent.
You may choose to modge podge or decoupage the pictures in at this point.
I didnt feel the need for it, but thought I would mention it as an option.
Attach some twine, string or wire to the back, hang it up and YOU ARE DONE!
Total cost: $4.59
Time: Aprox 2hrs
Now you have something to do with your boxes after you have indulged in all of those Valentine's Day treats...don't just Toss them, RE-CREATE them!
* And if you are like me and don't particularly care for chocolate (crazy I know), stop by our warehouse store...we have extras and all kinds of other shapes too!
As always, I welcome any and all feedback and questions!
Until next time...be mindful of what your throwing out into our landfills and what YOU could be reCREATING instead!