Shadowbox Art with paper flowers or abstract design has regained popularity again, and I have been secretly coveting some I have seen. Very specifically speaking, I absolutely adore the pieces from Ethan Allen’s Disney collection. I saw them and immediately wanted one for my daughter’s room. She’s been in love with all things Disney since she was little, yet I could not bring myself to swallow the (crazy) price tag that came with the purchase.

But since I have an inflated sense of creativity, I decided one day after window shopping the collection again, “I can toooootally make that myself for less”. Insert a year of starts and stops, and the sad realization that I once again am chasing the pipe dream of being a creative goddess.

But the good news is that I can finally share the project, and give you guidance so you too can chase your creative goddess dreams in less time and for less money. (not to mention that once a friend sees your beautiful art work, they are likely to ask you to create one for them, and boom! You have yourself a little side hustle)

Supplies | Shadowbox Art #diy

List of supplies:

  • Glue gun
  • Shadow box
  • paper or silk flowers
  • wire cutter
  • back brace
  • glass of wine

Directions | Shadowbox Art #diy

Set up your station

This is pretty straightforward. You need a desk or table area to work as you’ll need to spread things out.

Trace an outline

Find out the shape you want to make your art into, and then add in the sections where you want to change the type of flowers or the color of the flower if applicable.

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Count all your blooms

Before you begin, lay your blooms out on your blueprint, and just make sure you have plenty. When the craft store runs out of a particular flower for spring or fall, then it’s impossible to get that exact flower again. So caution on the side “more is better”

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Cut & prep the flowers

Using the wire cutters, cut all the stems, and remove any unwanted green from the base of the flower

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Fire up the Glue gun + Pour a glass of wine

Starting with your outline and working your way in, glue down the blooms as closely as possible. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of glue on the base, and you want to hold the flower in place for a good 15+ seconds. Make sure the glue sticks are handy! This is also when the back brace and glass of wine come into play. If you don’t have a surface that is standing height, then just know you will be hovering over your work space for a few hours depending on how quickly you work, or how well you prepped.

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Shake out the excess fibers, dust, and glue strings

Once complete, you’ll want to make sure you take the finished work and turn it over and give it a shake to rid it of extra fibers and glue strings. These pieces will be unwanted and very visible once you place the art into the shadowbox frame.

In general, I would say the shadowbox could be up to $50, and depending on your flowers, you could be looking at up to $100-150. So this is not an inexpensive project, but it is LESS than what the big design stores will be selling for. So it’s worth the price if you want a piece of flower art. If you want an upgraded look and wall art for your child’s room, then the DIY version is definitely worth the time & money. Otherwise, going old school and hanging up a poster might be an easier and less costly solution 🙂

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