Crafts: Make a Valentine Shadow Box
This sweet and touching project has become my favorite Valentine’s gift, and it’s far more personal than the standard roses and chocolates! It’s so simple to transform a shadow box into a valentine keepsake inspired by your sweetheart or loved ones.
I dedicated this February 14th gift to my two daughters, Sylvie and Lila. During our summer vacations at the Rhode Island shore, we always hunt for heart-shaped rocks. Our collection has grown over the years, and I wanted to display them in a special way that would capture so many fond memories and, of course, my affection for my girls. I framed their baby pictures in smaller boxes covered in vintage music paper; also included is an old English saying often engraved inside rings: Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee. The final touch was a bit of dried hydrangea, that lovely blossom that’s so prevalent on the New England coast during the late summer.
I gave the exterior of the box a whitewash for a beachy effect and lined the interior with pink paper to highlight the holiday. Now my only dilemma will be to eventually create a second shadow box so that Sylvie and Lila can each take her own valentine memento with her when she heads off to college. (I still have a few more years to go.) Happy Valentine’s Day!
Materials to Make a Valentine Shadow Box
- shadow box (available at craft stores, home-décor stores, or Ikea)
- small cardboard boxes (such as ring boxes)
- paint or wood stain
- colored construction paper, colored printer paper, antique paper or sheet music, wallpaper, or fabric
- collectible objects and/or natural objects
- scissors, pencil, ruler
- white craft glue or Mod Podge
- hot glue & glue gun
- straight pins
Instructions to Make a Valentine Shadow Box
- Stain or paint the outside of the box if you like.
- Line the box’s interior with paper or fabric; affix with white craft glue or Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Cover small boxes with paper; affix with white craft glue or Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Lay out your composition of mementos and decide on placement within the box.
- Use a hot-glue gun to affix heavier objects (such as beach stones) in place; let dry.
- Use white craft glue, Mod Podge, or straight pins to tack lighter items in place; let dry (if using glue). Give to your Valentine!