Since Father’s Day is only 2 weeks away, I thought I’d post this so if you want to make this as a gift, you’d have some time. I love it and it took no time at all to put together.
A few months back, my step-mother gave me an empty shadowbox. She said, “If anyone can do something with this, it would be you.” Or it was something like that. I took it with great pleasure, but was slightly intimidated. I have seen lots of cool shadowboxes, but I have never had an inkling about making one.
Instead of getting Derek a tie, I decided to make him a shadowbox for Father’s Day. He hates ties, and what would an electrician need one for anyway? I inspected the gifted shadowbox and decided it was pretty cool and why not give it a whirl. I has nice magnetic latches and a cork backing that is covered with canvas. It also came with little dew-dads like hang tags, double-sided adhesive strips, and pins. I have no idea where she bought it, but her trash was my treasure!
I did a Google search of “Father’s Day Shadowboxes” and saw some pretty cool ideas. I decided on a theme and set out to Michael’s. Man, that store can really suck you in! I chose a color scheme of browns and golds–sort of neutral and manly–with a nature-ish theme. I knew that the photos I would use would compliment those colors.
- scrap book paper (2 of the same in case I messed up)
- 1 piece of burlap–in the fancy scrap book paper section
- assorted card-stock package (on sale for $2.99!)
- brown thin-line Sharpie marker
- Father’s Day themed dimensional stickers
- glittery gold border sticker (on sale too!)
I ran to Walgreen’s and had some of my favorite photos of the two of them printed up. I cut, glued, moved stuff around, tied the little strings around the pins, used some ribbon I had on hand, and wrote Derek a little message.
Once I got all the placement and gluing done, here’s how it turned out:
I love it! And I hope Derek does too.
What a fun little project. I definitely see myself making more of these. They’re a fun way to capture memories without making scrapbooks.
I hope I can keep this little gift a secret for the next 2 weeks!