Weekend DIY: Coaster Shadowboxes

So yes, I am doing a “weekend” DIY on a Wednesday but I figure many of you all are on vacation now, so this Wednesday is LIKE a Saturday.  That is my justification and it makes perfect sense (in my head)……

In any case, many of you asked about the coaster shadow boxes that were highlighted as part of my House Proud segment on the Nate Berkus Show.

They are SUPER easy to create and require the barest of supplies:

1) Shadow Box

2) Picture Mat

3) Craft Paper

4) Coasters

5) Hot Glue Gun

6) Spray Adhesive

That be it folks….6 materials to create your own shadow box.  For the three boxes I made, I picked up the shadow boxes at Michael’s using the ever-present 40% off coupon.  I then rummaged through my stash of picture mats and selected three that I picked up during a clearance sale for pennies (literally).  As for the craft paper, I bought 2 sheets with a slight metallic sheen for $1.

The major investment was in the form of the coasters.  They are sliced agate slate.

I was fortunate enough to have been gifted a set of coasters from a family friend.  However, you can find the coasters at a variety of stores.  A quick internet search for “geode coasters” found these amethyst star coasters, this agate slate option as well as this crushed glass option.

Once you have all your materials gathered, the project goes by quickly:

1) Cut your craft paper down to size to fit the back of  your shadow box.  Once cut, spray with mounting adhesive and adhere to back of shadow box.

2) As your craft paper dries, take your picture mat and dry fit to the front of the shadow box.  You will be attaching the picture mat directly to the  inside of the glass to give the illusion that the mat is floating.  Place a small dot of hot glue in each corner of the mat and adhere to glass.  Set aside to dry.

3) Pick up the back of the shadow box that you covered in craft paper.  Find the center and place your coaster.  Take the front of the shadow box and lay on top to confirm coaster placement.  Once you have confirmed that the coaster is centered and aligned properly, attach coaster with hot glue to craft paper.

4) Allow all pieces to dry 10-15 minutes before assembling and hanging.    I waited overnight to be on the safe side.

I knocked out all three of the shadow boxes in about an hour.  I love this project not only because anyone can do it, but because it’s a great way to give importance to any object you want.  For example, if you travel internationally, you know that the currency exchange kiosks never take back coins.  So rather than  chuck them in a drawer, use this  method to create a fantastic shadow box of your travel adventures.

The possibilities are only limited to your imagination and the size of the items.  Have fun and go wild!  Speaking of going wild, I have one more shadow box DIY to share with you all on Friday that is part of my Christmas tablescape!

So what are you doing with your holiday time off?  Tackling craft projects?  Home repair?  Or taking it easy?

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