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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The addition of the balsa wood was both aesthetic and I thought it would provide extra strength to my shadow box when hanging.
The addition of a simple ribbon to hang my DIY box on the wall and the project was finished!
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!
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.
If you liked this clay project, you might like some of the other projects I have done: