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Project

Shadow Box

Introduction

After making your box, decorate the inside to suit its contents.

Materials

  • 1 piece of 8-by-7-by-1/4-inch pine (for the back)
  • 2 pieces of 6 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-1/2-inch pine (for the top and bottom)
  • 2 pieces of 8-by-4 1/2-by-1/2-inch pine (for the sides)
  • Wood glue
  • Card stock
  • Large piece of silk
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paintbrush
  • White, clear-drying craft glue
  • Woven linen tape (in a color to complement silk)
  • Bone folder
  • Picture frame hooks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay the box's back on a flat surface. Spread wood glue along its perimeter, and attach the two side pieces and the two top and bottom pieces to form a square (see photo, left). Hold the pieces together with clamps or cord as glue dries. Secure corners with the finishing nails. Paint the outer surfaces of the box.

  2. Step 2

    To line the box, measure the inside of the back panel; cut a piece of card stock to that size, subtracting 1/8 inch from each side to allow for the thickness of the silk. Drop this panel into the box to check that it fits with a slight margin all around it. Cut a piece of silk to match the dimensions of the cardstock plus an additional 1/2 inch all around. Center the silk on the cardstock, and attach with a few pieces of double-sided tape. Trim silk along diagonal lines at the four corners; wrap excess silk to the back of the card stock, and secure with tape. Glue silk-lined panel into the box. Using the same process, cut and cover card-stock panels for the inside walls, and glue them to the inside of the box.

  3. Step 3

    With a paintbrush, apply white clear-drying craft glue to the front edges of the side pieces. Folding the corners on the bias as you go, lay 1/2 inch of woven linen tape along the glued edges. Smooth with a bone folder. Mount on the wall with picture-frame hooks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 1997