Sometimes, crafts tell the story of what we love or have loved. That’s what this shadow box does.
(This post first appeared at Crafts Unleashed, where I am a proud member  of the Design Team!)


Shadow Boxes are a great way to collect and display special mementos that won’t fit in a scrapbook or album. Last year, I shared tips on how to make a memorial shadow box, and I was touched by the responses it provoked. I have more of my dad’s story to share, so I created this mixed media shadow box. With so many miniatures to choose from, you could easily recreate a favorite memory and display it for all to enjoy.

Supplies Used: (you can click on the word to find the exact item I used)



Step one:  You will only use one half of the box.  Paint the box with crackle paint.  I used a darker color on the outside and a lighter color inside.

Step two:  Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit inside the box.  Use Mod Podge to adhere the “wallpaper”.

Step three:  Begin arranging your photo(s) and miniatures.  When you are happy with the placement, use the Hercules tape to adhere them to the box.


Step four:  Glue the saw tooth hanger to the back, then proudly display your custom made shadow box!


I had a lot of fun choosing the miniatures to help tell my story.  The man in the photo is my father, Glen.  Each piece of my shadow box tells a little story about him.  For example, my dad grew up on a farm, and as a result, we always had a garden at our home.  The white fence reminds me of the one he erected to keep the dogs out of the garden.  The little cocker spaniel is his beloved companion, Nova.  The tools tell lots of stories…he was always building or tinkering with something.


This simple project tells so many stories and captures so many memories.  What story will you tell?


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