DIY St Patricks Day Shamrock Shadow Box
I have something to admit: despite being both Irish and Scottish, I’ve never really been into St Patrick’s Day. I’m not a big drinker, mostly because I don’t like most beer. The most of my celebration is making sure I wear green so my mother doesn’t pinch me.
But this year, I felt like I should at least do SOMETHING. Especially when I walked through the Target One Spot and saw all the adorable decorations. So instead of spending the $3 on a little decoration, I decided to make my own. Plus it is more fun that way.
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Picture Frame with a Mat Inside
The first thing you have to do is make your shamrock template. I free handed my shamrock. Just make three hearts and add a stem. If you aren’t very good at drawing, printing one out and cutting that is totally ok too.
Once your template is ready, you need to get your background cut. I just traced the outside of the frame. You need to make sure the paper is big enough so you can glue it to the edge of the frame.
My rectangle! I should have used my cutter, but I was too lazy to go upstairs and get it. So I just used scissors. But it doesn’t have to be perfect because you can trim it up later.
Place the template onto the background. I tried to center it up a bit, but you can always mix it up. Just remember that the edges will be covered.
Take the sharpies and just go crazy making dots around the template. It is totally ok to get dots on the template because it doesn’t go into the final piece. I started with the green and followed up with the yellow. I thought I had gold, but I couldn’t find it. The gold would be a really pretty edition though, which is why I added it on the list.
I free handed the word ‘lucky’ in the middle of the Shamrock. It did take me quite awhile to get it right. I used a pencil and erased A LOT. Just take your time. If you fail, you can also use stamps or a print out if needed.
Next, use the green paper to cut out little shamrocks. I used the same technique with three hearts and a stem. I made them various sizes (but all small) and they are most definitely not all the same. Because they are all cluttered at the bottom, they don’t have to be. Plus, clover isn’t all exactly the same. I should know, it likes to try to take over my garden.
I actually decided to extenuate the irregularities by outlining (inlining?) the little shamrocks. I also included one four-leaf clover. Because, why not?
At this point, it is time to plug in the glue gun. Please be careful and don’t burn yourself 8 million times like I did. Me and glue guns don’t get along.
Take your frame and take everything out of it so it is just the actual frame part.
Put a tiny line of glue all the way around the innermost section and place the glass on top. This way the glass stays in place.
The reason you need a frame with a mat inside is so you can cut it up to make the shadow box. I simply cut right at the corners so I had two long pieces and two short pieces.
Next, put a line of glue on top of the glass and press the cardboard into the glue. You need to be careful to not get glue too far into the open glass. If you do, quickly try to wipe it up with your finger. Yes, it will hurt. So try really hard not to do it.
To keep the use of the frame being a frame and standing up, I reused the backing and glued the beautiful shamrock rectangle to it. I just used cheap liquid glue.
Remember how I said the background needs to a bit bigger? This is because the original frame back wants to fit mostly right inside to touch the glass. Because the white background piece is just a tiny bit bigger, it keeps it up to make it a true shadow box.
DO NOT FORGET TO ADD THE SHAMROCKS BEFORE YOU PUT THE BACK ON.
Yes, I say that because I came super close to forgetting.
I tried to just use liquid glue, but gave up and used hot glue. If you are more patient than me, you could probably get away with just normal glue. I wanted to go watch a Disney movie with Ella.
Ok, also, I’m just not a patient person.
Let it dry for at least an hour or two. That way the shamrocks don’t accidentally get glued to the sides.
If I made this again, I would definitely cover the inside edges with green or yellow paper. You can kind of see the edges, but I don’t think it makes it look less cool. Just adding color would make it look more like I did it on purpose.