Hey there, lovelies! Well, it was a rainy, yuck day here yesterday and I’ve gotta say, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and under-motivated, but I DID manage to complete a project I had started over the weekend.
Remember these from my Target bargain-bonanza?
Well, here’s what they are now.
As I imagined, I had to MacGyver them a little (OK, maybe more than a little) but I got this project to work with a bit of re-thinking,
a little cussing, and a lot of patience. This tutorial is more about showing new-DIYers that things don’t always go as planned, but that it can totally be worth it in the end because I LOVE the way these turned out. Keep in mind that your project will likely be executed a bit differently because what are the chances that you’ll find the exact same frames? The point is, you can steal the style or just bits and pieces of the whole idea. By the way, the whole project cost less than $15, which I think is pretty good for 2 custom pictures. Alright, so here goes:
Shadowboxes with Oversized “Polaroids”
Nap Rating = 1 nap (if all goes to plan, which was not the case for me, but this is how long it SHOULD’VE taken)
Tools & Materials
- Shadowbox frames (mine came with a burlap-like backing)
- Screwdrivers, pliers, and a hammer for removing stubborn staples (if your shadowbox wasn’t meant to be deconstructed…otherwise, you won’t need any of these things)
- Photo-editing software (I used Picasa)
- Bulldog clips
- Hot glue gun
- Velcro sticky-back coins (Again, if your shadowbox wasn’t meant to be taken apart, you’ll need to reattach the cardboard backing. The Velcro will allow access to the inside of the frame later so you can change the pictures)
- Staple gun (if you don’t plan on changing the pictures)
- If, like mine, your shadowbox frame was sold as a piece of artwork and wasn’t meant to be taken apart, you’ll be spending time removing staples from the cardboard backing. I used a flat-head screwdriver and a tack hammer to gently pry each staple up a bit, then yanked them out with pliers.
- Find a picture you like and edit it to your liking. I used Picasa to crop the photos (a bit off-center looked more artistic to me), turn them to black and white, and put a Polaroid frame around them.
- Using Picasa, add text to the bottom of your Polaroid to caption the photos. I used the font called “Sweet Home Oklahoma.”
- Print the photo out in your desired size. I had to make mine 5x7s so they’d completely cover the dog silhouettes. Use scissors to trim if necessary.
- Secure the bulldog clip to the right side of the frames’ backing with hot glue. I actually didn’t have to do this because the clip was held in place between the glass and the cardboard backing. This, incidentally, became a problem because the clip was sandwiched just tightly enough to also open it a little, which then released the picture from its grasp. So, if this happens to you…
- Secure the picture with a little double-sided tape just underneath the clip to make it LOOK like the clip is holding the picture. Or just skip to step 7.
- Place your picture in the clip.
- Replace the frame’s backing or, if your frame wasn’t meant to be taken apart…
- Use a couple of the Velcro dots on the inside bottom edge of the frame to secure the cardboard backing, but still allow you access to the inside so you can change out the picture frequently. If you don’t have plans to change the picture, I guess you could just re-staple the backing on using a staple gun.
I really love having these by the oversized growth chart I made so that we can change the pictures as the girls get bigger. And it balances out that space nicely, ’cause it just seemed to be missing something. This (somewhat) easy project for not a lot of money has made me very happy. Have a great day!