Shabby Chic Shadow Box
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Shabby Chic Shadow Box

Add interest to a wood shadow box by carving the edge with X-ACTO® tools!

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Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • X-ACTO® Heavy Duty Utility Knife
  • X-ACTO® Z Series #1 Knife with Cap
  • X-ACTO® Z Series Blades
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat, 12"x12"
  • CraftBond™ All Purpose Glue Stick
  • Vintage Shadow Box, 7.8"x7.8"x3.9"
  • Design Master® Colortool® Spray Color – October Brown and Vanilla
  • Scrapbook Patterned Paper, 12"x12" – Blue Victorian
  • Twig/Willow Branch – Brown
  • Bird, 2½"x4"
  • Bird Nest, 4"
  • Old Candle
  • Sandpaper, 100-grit
  • Newspapers
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Craft Snips
  • Low Heat Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Project Instructions

Use screwdriver to carefully remove hangers from back of shadow box. Set aside until instructed to reattach.

Place self healing mat on table with shadow box down on mat, front side up. Hold X-ACTO® Heavy Duty Utility Knife with X-ACTO® Z Series Blade in one hand against top edge of shadow box, with elbow braced on table to prevent slipping. Keep other hand safely behind, holding shadow box from behind where blade is cutting. With knife blade almost parallel to cutting surface, push knife away from you about ¾"–1" to cut a chip from edge. (Create a scooping motion to make the chip.) Note that on front of shadow box, there are two "edges" – an inside edge and an outside edge. Trim both edges as directed above on all four sides. Then go back and cut top surface between edges irregularly, too. Work carefully, always keeping non-knife hand away from blade. If wood splinters, make a short cut away from you; turn shadow box around to make another short cut away from you that meets the first. Always brace fingers, palms and elbows to prevent slipping and brace shadow box on mat. Use X-ACTO® Z Series #1 knife to clean up any small areas of chips or splinters.

In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, spray inside and outside of shadow box with October Brown. Let dry. Using old candle, rub entire shadow box (inside and outside) to coat with layer of wax. Similarly, spray with two light coats Vanilla. Let thoroughly dry. Use sandpaper to scuff the surface and randomly sand through paint areas for a distressed look.

Apply glue stick to back edge of shadow box. Place shadow box, glued-side down, on right side of scrapbook paper. Using #1 knife on self healing mat, cut around outside of box to trim away excess paper. Let dry. Reattach hanging hardware if desired or allow box to set on table.

Referring to image, arrange twigs, nest and bird in shadow box. Use craft snips to trim twigs to length. Use glue gun to attach pieces.