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Elegant Photo Shadow Box for Dad

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

Elegant Photo Shadow Box for Dad
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Elegant Photo Shadow Box for Dad

designed by Donna Welter

Make a memorable frame for Dad using Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.

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Learn more about Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.


Americana Decor® Stencils

  • Distressed Harlequin (12" x 12") (ADS03)

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Cactus (DA564)
  • Inch Worm (DA563)
  • Soft Jade (DA545)

Other supplies

  • sandpaper
  • painter's tape
  • large flat brush
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • cosmetic sponges
  • wooden plaque (small)
  • frame (shadowbox)
  • spray adhesive
  • wooden shapes (letter tiles)
  • E6000 Glue (E6000)
  • laser-cut shape (word/plaque)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove the glass insert from the shadowbox frame. Lightly sand any rough areas. Paint the outside of the shadow box in Cactus with a large flat brush. Let dry. Once dry, lightly sand the edges.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Place the Distressed Harlequin stencil on the outside of the frame, holding firmly in place with fingers or painter's tape. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply Inch Worm until the entire outside of the frame is covered. Let dry. Once dry, sand very lightly.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Paint the laser-cut plaque with one coat of Soft Jade. Let dry, then lightly sand around the edges.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a small artist's brush to paint a laser-cut word in Inch Worm. Let dry, then lightly sand around the edges.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Cut scrapbook paper to fit the inside backing of the shadow box. Lightly cover the back side of the paper with spray adhesive. Quickly apply to the inside of the backing. Smooth out any wrinkles with fingers.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Apply a thin and even coat of E6000 Glue to the back side of the wooden plaque. Quickly apply to the scrapbook-covered backing. Apply E6000 Glue to the metal clip, laser-cut word, and wooden letters in front of the frame and apply onto the surface. (Refer to main project image for placement.) Let dry.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Once dry, insert the glass and backing.