Shadow Box

By  Tina Haller 

size: 5"x7"


  • 5"x7" frame
  • Old jewelry box (optional: matt board to create box)
  • White cardstock
  • Old sheet music (optional: wallpaper, scrapbook paper or fabric)
  • Vintage clip art or photo
  • Wooden dowel
  • Floral foam
  • Crystal dangle
  • Jeweled picks, charms, broken jewelry items
  • Twigs
  • Tissue festooning garland
  • Vintage beaded trim
  • Silk ribbon


  • Computer and printer
  • Paint or stain
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire and wire cutter
  • Adhesives: glue sticks, Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

  • knife (to cut foam)
  • 1. To create a shadow box, choose an old 5"x7" frame and paint or stain to fit your theme or décor. Adhere vintage beaded trim to the inset of the frame.
  • 2. For the box base, use an old jewelry box or construct one from matt board. Cover the box base with old sheet music (as shown), wallpaper, scrapbook paper or fabric.
  • 3. For the focal point, use either vintage clip art (available from or or a photo. Print the image or photo to the desired size and cut out, eliminating any background.
  • 4. For banner, use computer to print desired text on cardstock; trim and mat as desired.
  • 5. Cut floral foam to fit on lower base of box. Hot glue tissue festooning garland to cover floral foam. Insert jeweled picks or painted twigs into foam as desired.
  • 6. Hot glue wooden dowel to back of printed image, extending, 1" beyond bottom of image. Apply glue to dowel end and insert into foam.
  • 7. For hanger, hot glue silk ribbon lengths to top back of box and tie bow with dangling crystal.
  • 8. For dangles, thread charms and broken jewelry onto wire and adhere wire ends to bottom of box.