The other evening my husband told me he had an idea for my father in laws birthday gift. He said that he had taken a couple candid photos of our son and my father in law when they were at lunch together a few weeks ago, pictures my father in law hadn’t seen yet. Originally, my husband just wanted to find a simple frame, but being me I wanted to make it a little more personal.
I’ve been trying to find more projects to use my Cricut for, and immediately thought of making a shadow box. After gathering some extra supplies my son and I got to work.
Using 1/2 inch glue dots, some kitchen twine, a 12×12″ shadow box, and mini wooden clothespins I mounted the two printed 4×6″ photos to the sides of the inner part of the shadow box. I hung the photos on the twine using just the clothespins, placed the glue dots on the shadow box, then just pressed the twine on the dots. I cut off the excess twine with scissors. The background for the shadow box is a 12×12″ sheet of patterned scrapbook paper that I attached to the original shadow box backing using the glue dots in each of the four corners.
The only slight intermediate part of this project was the vinyl wording ‘Junior & Pop-pop’ inside the glass of the shadow box. I used the Cricut design font called ‘Avenida Com’ and made sure to mirror the image prior to cutting. After cutting off the excess vinyl, weeding, and using transfer tape to lift the vinyl off its backing, I simply pressed the vinyl right onto the glass and lifted the transfer tape away.
I added a simple handprint from my son that we traced on another page of scrapbook paper for personalization. I thought this would be a great but simple way to save these simple candid photos! My husband loved it, and we were each able to add something to the project. Happy birthday, Pop-pop! We hope you love it!
Looking to make something similar? Here are the materials I used for this project! Just so you know, I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page to help pay for more crafts and chicken feed!
•Glue Dots Craft Roll, Contains 200 ( .5 Inch) Adhesive Craft Dots (08165)•MCS 12.75×12.75 Inch Shadow Box Frame Holds 12×12 Inch Scrapbook Page, Black (40950)
•OXO Good Grips 100-Percent Natural Cotton Twine, 300-Feet
•Echo Park Paper Company ILF113016 I Love Family Collection Kit
•Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine Bundle – Heat Transfer, Vinyl Pack, Tools Pens & Designs•BAZIC Mini, Natural Clothespins, Wood, 50 Per Pack