Clay DIY Shadowbox

INSIDE : Learn the steps to creating a Clay DIY Shadowbox to hang on your wall. Select clay colors that match your home decor and have fun with this Shadowbox project.  

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

 

I have been a long time lover of working with clay.  I have done numerous baked polymer clay projects, even more air dry clay projects and even last week participated in a clay making challenge.  This week I am coming at you with an easy Clay DIY Shadowbox because when you find something you like, why deviate – ha!

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What supplies do I need to make a DIY Shadowbox?

Acrylic Roller 
FIMO Clay โ€“ Colors of your choosing
Clay Tools
Balsa Wood
Mini Wood Saw
E6000
Ribbon

Clay Shadowbox supplies

How to make a DIY Shadowbox frame out of clay:

I started off my shadowbox DIY project with a quick sketch of what I had in mind.  Due to the amount of clay I had available, I slightly altered my plan, but it was helpful to see how many long and short pieces I would need in total.

Clay Shadowbox sketch
Next, I separated the clay into sections to create each of the shadowboxes edges.  I ended up needing two long pieces, three medium pieces and one short piece.

I warmed the FIMO clay in my hands to soften it and then began to create the appropriate lengths of each coil.  Once I had all my coils, I laid them out in the basic shape they would be to make sure everything was going to fit properly.

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

Next, I took each of those rounded coils and began to slightly flatten them.  I was going for an organic, not perfect look.  However if you were wanting a more perfect straight line for your shadowbox then you could spend more time on this step.

At all the clay joints, I used my sharp clay tool and made a cross hatch pattern to help join the clay together better.  Then I added a very thin flat piece of clay over those edges as an extra layer of adhesion.

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft
After my FIMO clay was done baking, per the instructions on the clay, I pulled out two pieces of Balsa wood and measured where my cuts needed to be.

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft
After cutting the wood, I adhered them to my shadow box using E6000 glue.  I used clothespins to help hold the wood in place until it was dry.

The addition of the balsa wood was both aesthetic and I thought it would provide extra strength to my shadow box when hanging.

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

The addition of a simple ribbon to hang my DIY box on the wall and the project was finished!

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

What to put in a DIY Shadowbox?

My homemade shadowbox is very narrow, so I simply put a tiny little disco ball in mine.  I also thought an air plant would be a fun addition.  However, if you made your shadow box wider, you could put all types of items in it : photographs, small vacation momentos, small floral arrangements, etc!

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft
Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

You might be asking what are other DIY Shadow box ideas?  Well, you have come to the right place because I have done a handful of other projects very similar to this.  I created a Handpainted Marble box, I used a shadowbox and created a fun office supply art piece and I used a square box for a Mosaic Heart puzzle wall hanging.

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

 

Learn how to make a DIY Clay Shadowbox to hang in your home on the wall. Delineate Your Dwelling #DIYShadowbox #WallHanging #Shadowbox #claycraft

I hope you decided to try this easy Shadowbox project for yourself!  Be sure to tag me on social media and share how yours turns out.  Instagram Facebook

If you liked this clay project, you might like some of the other projects I have done:

Braided Clay Bracelet
How to create a simple marbled DIY Clay Braided Bracelet, Delineate Your Dwelling

Clay Tassel Keychain
Create a simple DIY Clay Braided Keychain, Delineate Your Dwelling

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