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DIY Scarecrow Shadow Boxes

Drive by any cornfield this fall and you’ll find a plaid shirt, straw hat decoy centered in the field.  These quirky scarecrows scared away birds from eating the crops, making them a recognizable symbol for autumn.  It isn’t often that scarecrows are found with a scarecrow friend so give them one with these DIY scarecrow Triptych Shadowboxes. The honey pecan finish of the Auden frames brings on the pumpkin vibes of this three-piece artwork fit for your fall mantle.  See how to add adhesive vinyl faces using our free template and faux floral accents to complete the look!

DIY Scarecrow Shadow Boxes Supplies

Supplies:

Frames with Burlap

Remove the backing from the shadowboxes. Cut pieces of patterned paper to cover the back.

Cut Vinyl

Use a cutting machine or X-Acto knife to cut scarecrow faces from the different colors of vinyl.

Arrange Vinyl Pieces

Arrange the pieces so you have them set for each of the three frames.

Vinyl Transfer Tape

The easiest way to transfer the vinyl shapes onto the frames is to use a piece of transfer tape and a scraper. Apply the transfer tape over the vinyl shape and rub with the scraper. Peel the backing away so that the vinyl is now attached to the sticky tape. Place the vinyl onto the frame in place, using the scraper to smooth and apply firmly.

Apply Scarecrow Faces

Repeat to apply all vinyl shapes onto the frames to create your scarecrow faces.

Add Scarecrow Accents

Complete the design by attaching faux floral accents to the top of the frames using hot glue.

Scarecrow Shadow Boxes Final

Scarecrow Shadow Boxes Closeup

Scarecrow Shadow Box

Scarecrow Shadow Boxes Full Mantle

Display your scarecrow triptych up on a mantle or in an entryway to welcome autumn!

Right Scarecrow Single

Scarecrow Shadow Boxes angled

All 3 Scarecrow Shadow Boxes

Left Scarecrow Shadow Box Single

Your scarecrow family will fit right in amongst the fall décor and all things pumpkin.

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Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Wedding Song Anniversary Gift

There’s something so special and magical about your first dance as a couple as it’s a song that may continue to hear throughout your lives together. Make those words part of your home life with an anniversary frame featuring those fateful lyrics framed with a collage from your big day. Our Annie frame is a timeless piece of rose gold that matches most warm tones in the home.  Consider filling this metallic molded frame with pieces of your wedding, such as lyrics to your wedding song, a memorable photo, your veil, dried flowers or special keepsake and add a vinyl phrase on top to add more to this mixed media piece of home décor.

Supplies:

  • Frame: Annie 18x20 
  • Music sheets
  • Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
  • Adhesive
  • Stamp pad
  • Photos
  • Large decorative paper, wallpaper, or wrapping paper

Wedding Song Gift Step 1

Use a butter knife to pry open the backer board from your frame and remove the backer entirely. Cover with your large decorative paper, wallpaper or wrapping paper to create a fun design for your piece.

Next, try to plan your arrangement. You might choose to try and fit the full music sheet of lyrics in your frame or just some key lines that state your feelings. If the sheets are too long, consider cutting it up and packing it a little tighter in your collage.

Wedding Song Gift Step 2

To create an aged effect we inked the edges of the music sheet strips with a brown stamp pad.

Adhere your photos in place and add the aged music sheet strips on top. For this piece, or any that include photos, invest in archival safe dry adhesives vs. a liquid adhesive. You can typically find these in the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store.

Wedding Song Gift Step 3

Peel the front and back covers from your acrylic pieces for the frame and add them back in the frame. Lay your decorated wedding anniversary piece inside and lose the prongs to secure. To add a little dimension and interest, we are adding a permanent vinyl cut out on the OUTSIDE of the frame.

Wedding Song Gift Final

Tip: use transfer tape and a scraper tool to apply the vinyl to the front of your frame. This way, our silver glitter design stands out and can be seen by all viewers in your home.

Wedding Song Gift Close Up

Display this rose gold frame wedding anniversary gift in your bedroom or a main area in your home. Admire the changes in life, but also the differences in both photos out on display.

Wedding Song Gift Vertical Angled

Wedding Song Gift Couple

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Diorama Key Hook

Never misplace the keys in your home again with a cute Diorama Key Hook in your entryway or garage. This shadow box may remind you of a dollhouse with its perfectly petite front door piece and modern white brick background but it’s fit for any home space. See how to create this stylish key rack using a white shadow box that goes with any décor style. Our Wentworth frame has a 2-inch deep molding allowing for quite the arrangement of details inside, including your full dollhouse style scene.

Diorama Key Hook Supplies

  • Shadow box: Wentworth 11x 10
  • Cup Hooks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dollhouse front door
  • Patterned paper
  • Metal Brad
  • Mini Dollhouse Trees

Diorama Key Hook Step 1

Paint your dollhouse front door with acrylic paint colors, as desired. We choose a teal door and white trim for a modern look.

Diorama Key Hook Step 2

Remove the backer from your shadowbox. Cover with patterned paper in the print desired. We chose a modern white brick design.

Diorama Key Hook Step 3

Reinsert backing into the shadow box.

Drill a hole in the door and insert a metal brad to create a doorknob.

If desired, dress up your door front with a vinyl number to mimic your address.

Use a drill bit to create three small holes in the bottom front of the shadow box. Screw your cup hooks into the holes and tighten.

Diorama Key Hook Step 4

Adhere door in place, lining up the bottom of the door frame with the bottom of the shadow box.

Adhere two dolls on each side to make this diorama a little homier.

Diorama Key Hook Final

Add D-Rings and wire to the back and hang it on the wall near your front door or garage space.

Diorama Key Hook Final Close Up

Add your home, shed or car keys on the hooks and never misplace them again!

Diorama Key Hook

Diorama Key Hook

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Seashell Collage Shadow Box

Bring the outside in with a fun shadow box idea that uses all those trinkets or natural elements you collected on your last beach vacation. Our Waverly shadow box features a neutral color palette that pairs nicely with pieces of the ocean, like seashells and driftwood, or would allow your Nana’s collection of custom pins to stand out. Follow along to find tips on creating a piece of art in your home using pieces of your journey in life!

Seashell Collage Supplies

Seashell Collage Step 1

This project would not be more simple! The hardest step is to find the true arrangement of shells you’ll love hung in your home. If you plan to display shells from your seaside findings, make sure you clean and dry them really well to avoid the sea smell from coming into your bedroom space.

Tips for cleaning shells: Rinse shells under running water and use an old toothbrush to clean out any ocean debris. Next, you can choose to soak your shells in hydrogen peroxide or if you’re daring, a mixture of equal parts water and bleach, for one hour. Note: bleach may change the color of the shell and also absorb the smell! Allow to dry thoroughly before working on the display.

Seashell Collage Step 2

When it comes time to creating your design, we suggest removing the backing of the shadowbox and laying it flat. Arrange your shells in different configurations until you’re satisfied with the display.

Seashell Collage Close Up

Use E6000 glue or hot glue to secure the shells in your desired display.

Seashell Collage Shadow Box

Use a screwdriver to add hangers on the back of the frame and display in your home.

The linen background option of our frames and shadow boxes allows you to bring a bit of nature and subtle texture into your framed piece. This neutral backdrop is especially beautiful to make white seashells stand out in the frame, as shared in this Waverly design.

Seashell Wall Art

Seashell Wall Art Room

This seashell collage pairs well with other pieces beach-themed designs, such as the Seashell Embroidered Canvas previously shared.

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Seashell Embroidered Canvas

Embroidery thread is not just for your grandma’s needlepoint projects anymore! The classic craft of embroidery can be completed on cotton fabrics, denim, and even a painter’s canvas to create mixed media art. See us upgrade the basic white basic canvas into something full of texture and color using this thread type and a little acrylic paint that can be hung in your home.  

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Supplies

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 1

Add some color into your embroidered canvas piece by first painting a few areas of the canvas with solid color blocks. Choose colors in your room or ones that relate to your theme.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 2

Once dry, lay your paper template on your canvas. Tip: use painter’s tape to hold in place for the next step.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 3

Use an embroidery needle to create holes in the template in strategic areas. Start with any corners or edge of your design and add additional holes in set increments of space. Flip the template up to double check which areas you’re missing as you lay these plans out.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 4

Remove the template and thread your needle with your desired embroidery floss color. Tip: you may need to separate your embroidery floss threads so it’s not too thick and won’t rip your canvas. We separated this 6 strand set into two groups of 3 when workings on our seashell design.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Close Up

Follow the seashell outline using a basic backstitch.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Horizontal

Once complete insert your canvas in a shadow box, such as the Murphy style using canvas clips. This 1.5-inch deep molding allows your new artwork display to stand out from the wall. Its sophisticated design will coordinate flawlessly within any space and with any embroidered canvas theme.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Vertical

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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