Admittedly, we haven’t done much for fall yet this year. Between arriving home from a trip to see my parents in Phoenix (yay for sunshine!) and returning to work and then a child care change-up, it’s been a bit hectic. Whew. So decorating for fall is on my to-do list, but we haven’t gotten there yet! Until then, I wanted to show you a quick DIY shadowbox craft we created before we left for vacation. The best part? It’s totally interchangeable for the seasons! That means you can keep it up all year and simply pick up a new piece of card stock when you’re ready to switch from Fall to Christmas to Winter. Yay!
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The story behind the monogram shadowbox is a sweet one. For our wedding shower, one of my dearest friends, Julie, gifted us a DIY shadowbox. Julie used a really pretty fabric and attached it to the shadowbox backing. Then she glued the letter in place. It’s been sitting in our living room in both Alabama and here in Michigan ever since.
Jordan & I both like it so much that when I was thinking of a new fall project, I wanted to make something smaller for a table top. Enter this cute little DIY. But then– the best part happened. Jordan asked me “Why can’t you make it so that it lasts all year?” You guys, it might have been his desire to avoid accumulating more stuff in the house, but I thought it was pretty inventive.
How to Make a DIY Shadowbox for Every Season!
This project totaled about $13 in supplies and $0.40 for each season or holiday’s scrapbook paper.
Supplies Needed for DIY Shadowbox
- Scrapbook Paper
- Painted Wooden Letter
- Paint for the Letter (Acrylic, Spray, or Latex)
- 1/2″ Wood Screws
Prep Your Letter
Paint your wooden letter using spray paint, acrylic paint, or even latex paint. Originally I was thinking of staining it to add some character, but when Jordan suggested making it interchangeable, I went with something neutral that would coordinate with any color / pattern of paper. I used some leftover wall paint that we had in the basement.
Tracing the Letter
The trick to making this an interchangeable shadowbox are the wood screws holding the letter in place. What happens is that you drill in these screw and simply twist off the letter each time you want to remove the paper! Simply press down the new paper over the screws and it will stay in place.
Super easy and works for ya all year long!
First, you’ll want to remove the backing off the shadowbox. Then, lay your letter down backwards, wrong way facing you. Essentially, if the letter were coming out the other side, it would be facing the correct way if you were looking at it from the front.
That’s a mouthful isn’t it?
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Attaching the Wood Screws
Next you’ll want to lay your letter in the similar spot as the back. Press it down onto the table and drill the wood screws into the back of the backing. Since you traced the letter on the back, you have an idea of where the letter is in front of you / under the backing and know where you need to “hang” the letter.
For the “w,” Jordan drilled 3 screws to keep it hanging in place. If your letter isn’t as large, I think you could get away with 2 screws.
Attach Your Scrapbook Paper
And this is the last step! Holding the shadowbox backing, twist off the letter. The screws shouldn’t fall out of the backing, you’re simply spinning off the letter. Trim your scrapbook paper to the shadowbox size (my paper was 12″ x 12″ for my 10″ shadowbox). Place your paper over the wood screws and firmly push down.
Spin your letter back onto the screws. Finally, reattach the shadowbox baking to the frame.
Isn’t is adorable? I’m in love and looking forward to swapping out the paper. It’s probably going to become an obsession picking up the $0.40 paper. 🙂 I can’t wait to show you some of our house looking spiffy in fall decor next week! Its looking a bit lonely now, but give me a weekend and few minutes during nap time and I’ll make sure these projects are displayed somewhere in the house.