Sunday, April 18, 2010

Shadowbox Flower

This is the story of a sad little shadowbox frame that has been sitting on the window seat in my kitchen ever since I moved in. It used to have a cute porcelain sunflower in it (with this fabulous Japanese print background) that was just a little thicker than the shadowbox is deep so I had the back hot-glued on. It worked in the kitchen of my old apartment (and I LOVED it; I wish I had a picture), but the move broke the hot glue seal and the back came off, and I never got around to fixing it. Now my vision for this house has taken me away from mustard yellow accents...t o pinks. Much to my husband's dismay - ok, actually I don't think it really bothers him. What a keeper! I think he'll be ok only as long as the pinks remain the accents rather than the dominant color.
But back to the story. I found these to-die-for silk flowers (silk flowers? yuck! I know, right, but I sold out. Just goes to show you, never say never), but I couldn't quite decide how to display them. The decor in my house is coming along so so slowly. Today I had a brainstorm, and of course couldn't wait to put it into action.

So, start with a shadowbox. Size is irrelevant depending on what you're putting in it. Mine has a mat, but again, that's optional.

Disassemble it. All of it. The mat, the frame, the back, the glass, the little square that ensures the mat stays at the back of the frame. All of it.

Now switch gears to your flower. Isn't this one gorgeous? (OK, you can see the one I'm actually using in the top of this picture, but I forgot to take a pic before I did the next step, so I'm showing this step on my other flower.)

Next take your wire cutters, take a deep breath, and cut the stem off about 1 1/2" - 2" from the base of the flower. Then use pliers to turn the stem so it lays flat along the bottom of the flower (this will make more sense in a few pictures).

And back to the frame. My flower it big enough to cover the empty space behind the mat, so I just used white printer paper. If yours is smaller, use a coordinating colored paper. Tape the paper to the front side of the back of the frame. Make sense?

Then place the mat. No need for tape here.

I used red tape on the bottom of the flower to secure it to the paper. The color only really matters depending on whether it will show or not. In this pic, you should be able to more clearly see what I meant about bending the stem stub back.

Then tape the flower to the backing paper (NOT the mat; you want to be able to change it out easily when you get bored!), and you're so close to done!

This next step is a little tricky because my flower is thick enough that I've decided to forgo the glass. But that means I need to support my frame up a little higher so I have room to put the backing on the frame. So I grabbed my super-expensive, made just for this kind of project, lifts.

See? Deluxe.

Put the backing in (remember, no glass unless you have enough room), turn it over and voila! Sorry the lighting isn't the best, but I think you get the idea.

Cost estimate:
shadowbox frame - I had it on hand, but I saw one at the thrift store the other day for about $2. Or you could splurge and get one for $10 at Target.
flower - on hand, but originally $5 at hobby lobby (but I always buy my silk flowers when they're 50% off, which is about every other week, so it was $2.50 several months ago).
Tape, printer paper - on hand


I'll be linking my the parties on the left.

OK, quick question. I found this gorgeous dress at the thrift store yesterday (it's a little less, um, vibrant in person), and at first I was planning to use it for a throw pillow or two because it's a few sizes too big. But it's just SO cute. Should I try to alter it (which I've never successfully done, so it's iffy, and would then only be able to wear once a month when I'm not preggo), or turn it into a pillow sham (to add to my eclectic throw pillow collection and be enjoyed daily? (Don't worry, there will be more colors in that collection than pinks. Pinky swear. (Ha! Seriously. No pun intended. But I love it.)

Thoughts? Obviously I'm leaning toward the throw pillow sham. But if someone had a compelling enough argument, I certainly wouldn't MIND a cute dress. Oh, and keep in mind that I would need to salvage enough material to add sleeves (without losing length. Riiiiiight.).


  1. Pillow sham- I think it would look great! Or a purse. I'm into purses lately.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Wow, I *love* the shadowbox flower! So pretty! And I think I would wear the dress a few times before making it a pillow, it's just so pink and summery. Could you wear a tank top under it maybe (so as not to have to take it up?)

    ♥ Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

  4. Great shadow box! I especially like the fun flower

  5. Great shadow box idea Kelli!

    I think the dress would make an awesome pillow sham. I think two little ones would be just enough since that is a pretty busy print.

  6. the shadow box flower is very, very cute! great job.

  7. LOVE IT! Very chic and feminine. :)


  8. Luv how you used your lonely shadow box...looks outstanding! Hope you have a FUN week:)


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

  9. Crisp and Clean...looks great! Thanks for joining us for our Anything Related Party!

  10. Beautiful! Silk flower and all! :) Great job! :)

  11. So cute! It would be perfect for our Bring Spring Linky party over at Scraps N' Strings. Adorable!

  12. That is so beautiful! What a great idea.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

  13. Love the flower! So fresh and fun!

  14. very pretty! i always see flowers that i love, but also cringe at putting them on display as though they are real. i like this solution!

  15. That looks great. Thanks for sharing at check me out saturday

  16. Hi there! Just stopping by to let you know that I'm featuring this project today. Because it's so awesome.

  17. How cool is that? I love that flower too. Good luck with the dress. I don't sew (wish I could) so I would probably just wear a white sweater with it. :) Found you on Friday Follow - newly following you! I'm a Kelli too and I also live in AL. Just moved here last summer. :) Love the name of your blog. I never would have thought of that.

  18. Thanks for your comment. I tried to email you back, but it's not coming up for some reason. Yes, I am LDS too, and those are the botanical gardens in Huntsville. One of our favorite places to go! Have you guys lived here very long? If you want - email me at Glad I clicked your link this morning! :)

  19. Found you from Fireflies and Jellybeans - what an awesome idea! Love it!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jen @ Noting Grace

  20. What a super cute simple idea! Looks fabulous! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party. Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Love the 3-d effect!

  21. Simple and beautiful!!! Very clever! Great idea!!
    Thanks for linking up!

  22. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! This flower is so pretty! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  23. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to everyone, but I LOVE the comments! And for those who voted for the pillow sham - it's in the works! Hopefully I'll have something to show for it soon.

  24. Love this! That flower is gorgeous! In my humble opinion, silk flowers have come such a long way from my Grandma's coffee table arrangement!

  25. Love how easy and amazing this is, thanks for sharing it!

  26. Love, Love, Love that shadowbox flower frame!!

  27. By the way, you won the Little Washies on my blog...I just emailed you :)

  28. oooh I'd go with a summery bag!!
    (visiting from New Friend Friday)