This is a project that was many years in the making (thousands, if you want to be literal). When I lived in New Jersey I bought a multi-compartment shadowbox that I intended to fill with various treasures. For some reason, I never did it. While I had my rock collection out the other day, I finally pulled together enough elements from my childhood fossil and nature collections to finish this project.
(As an aside, I got my shadowbox from Michael’s, but I don’t see it on their website, so you’ll have to check your store. I did find one that looks identical on Target’s website.)
I set out all of my items onto the background, set the dividers over top, and began gluing. I intended to use putty in case I wanted to do something else with the specimens in the future, but quickly realized that hot glue was going to be far more practical, particularly for the most fragile items like the sand dollar:
If you make a critical mistake or just want a different background color, you can buy a piece of posterboard to replace the background and cut it to size. In my shadowbox there is a different backing piece that goes behind the background and attaches the board to the frame. If yours doesn’t have this, I suggest buying the posterboard.
Once you’re done, set the glass and frame on top, gently tilt the whole assembly, secure the fasteners, et voila:
For as many years as I put this off (probably about 5), it took maybe 20 minutes at most to put together and turned out even better than I expected. I’m trying to figure out what else I can give the shadowbox treatment. :)
What would you put in your shadowbox?