Friday, March 13, 2015

DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf

Thanks, Minted, for sponsoring today's post!

Hey, y'all!  I don't know about you, but I am thrilled that spring is a week away.  We have had some very nice spring-like weather in SC the past few days, and that has me even more excited about the change of seasons and, of course, spring break!!!  Today I have such a pretty project to share with you that just screams SPRING!  With the weather warming up, I was able to work with my dad and power tools to create a beautiful shadowbox shelf featuring a lovely gift wrap Minted sent me.
DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf Featuring Gift Wrap from Minted #sponsored
Are you familiar with Minted?  Minted is a leader it cute kids art and stationery, and they have many more beautiful products, including fabric and party decor.  I was recently contacted by the company about doing a post using their products.  I spent a few hours browsing the site.  (It's easy to do, y'all!)  I found the PRETTIEST wrapping paper, and it inspired my shadowbox shelf.  To use the paper though, I first had to create my shadowbox.  (Well, I could have bought a shadowbox, but what's the fun in that?!)
How to Build a Shadowbox Shelf
To create the shadowbox, my dad and I cut a 1x6 in half using our table saw.  We then cut two pieces at 11" and two at 14".  We arranged the pieces into a simple box shape and nailed them together.  I bought some door molding from my local hardware store to create the frame.  We used our miter saw to cut the molding at 45 degree angles and used nails to attach it to the wooden box.  We then cut a piece of thin plywood the size of the back of the box.
It's easy to build a shadowbox from scrap wood.
Above is what it looked like when we finished the building process.  (Note: the thin plywood backing is not attached yet.)  I used caulking to fill in the nail holes and any gaps at the corner of the molding and around the box.
Using gift wrap as backing for a shadowbox adds a great pop of color and pattern to a room.
Once the construction of the box was complete, it was time to work on making it pretty.  I got out my pretty gift wrap from Minted.  This paper is called the Simple Snapshot Wrapping Paper.  It comes in a set of five sheets, and it's perfect for adding a pop of pattern to something like my shadowbox.  And, yes, you can wrap gifts with it too!  ;)
How to Back a Shadowbox with Gift Wrap to Add Color and Pattern
I traced the thin plywood onto the back of the paper and cut it out.
Mod Podge gift wrap to plywood to add pattern to a plain shadowbox.
I then got out my trusty Mod Podge and a sponge brush to adhere the paper to the plywood.
Mod Podge is great for adhering paper to all types of materials.
I brushed a coat of Mod Podge onto the plywood.
Gift Wrap from Minted is the perfect pop of color and pattern for a plain shadowbox. #sponsored
And carefully smoothed the paper onto the plywood.
How to add pattern to a plain shadowbox.
Once it dried, I covered the paper with a coat of Mod Podge to protect it.  Then I started working on the shadowbox frame.
Paint a shadowbox mint for a pop of spring in your decor.
I got out a big paint brush and a pretty mint-colored chalky paint.
Pretty Mint Chalky Paint
I brushed a couple of coats all over the shadowbox and frame--inside and out.
Distress a frame with sandpaper to make details pop.
Once it dried, I used 220 grit sandpaper to rough up the edges a bit to help the detail in the molding pop.
Wax seals chalky paint.
I finished the shadowbox by covering it with a coat of wax.  (I followed the package directions for applying the wax.)
Attaching a plywood backing to a shadowbox.
All that was left once the wax dried was attaching the plywood to the back of the shadowbox using a hammer and some small nails.  I must admit that since I'm a perfectionist I did end up painting the back of the plywood.  No, no one will ever see it, but it would have bothered me if I wouldn't have.  (I can't be the only one who is bothered by weird stuff like that!)
The Perfect Spring-Inspired DIY Shadowbox Shelf
Y'all, the combination of the Simple Snapshot Wrapping Paper with the mint frame is just perfection!
DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf--Gift wrap from Minted adds a pop of pattern for spring! #sponsored
I can put anything in the shadowbox shelf.  This gold ampersand looks great in it!
Mint paint and floral gift wrap make a plain shadowbox pastel perfection!
The gold color brings out the color in the leaves.
DIY Pastel Floral Shadowbox Shelf
Flowers look really pretty in it too!  Do you see the gold bow around the flower arrangement I made? Minted sells ribbon too, and that's their Gold Glitter Ribbon.
Make a wooden shadowbox and dress it up with paint and gift wrap!
And you know what else looks great with the shadowbox?  My brand new address book.  Yes, you guessed it: it's from Minted too!  This one is the Woodland Botanicals Address Book.  (You can get a planner or notebook in the same design.)  I just love the pretty flowers and the subtle wood grain on the cover.
DIY Pastel Floral Shadowbox Shelf--The perfect touch of spring for your home!
Since my dad and I mainly used scraps (besides the molding) to create the shadowbox, it was really inexpensive to make.  And I love that I was able to take a plain wooden shadowbox and make it pretty with the help of Minted.  I have another style of gift wrap, and I can't wait to come up with a project for it!
This post was sponsored by Minted.  While I received product to use in my post, all opinions are 100% mine.  To find out more about my disclosure policy, see the "Fine Print" tab at the top of the blog.

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  1. this is GORGEOUS! I love the colour and I love how deep the frame is. I want one of these for my walls. So spring time like and I love it. I got here via Tattertots and Jello link a palooza xo.

  2. So beautiful! This is now one of my favorite projects you have ever done! I just LOVE this! LOVE, love, LOVE!

  3. That's beautiful!! Loved the colors and the way it was set up with the flower vase! :) #thecreativecollection

  4. oh my goodness this is SO pretty!!

  5. this is so fresh and pretty..GREAT job. and a very helpful DIY..thank you.
    Tamara <3

  6. This is so beautiful! I am going to do it~


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