How To Make A Shadow Box
A Shadow Box is a lovely way to reference a particular dive site, trip or experience that you have had with your buddy. With shadow boxes now so easy to come by in craft shops, getting this gift together in time for Christmas is even easier.
You will need –
*Shadow Box – 6×4 photo-sized and available painted or unfinished, check out ‘Spotlight’ or ‘The Reject Shop.’ (Sometimes op-shops may have old ones that you can adapt.)
*6×4 Photo – Pick something momentous or special, something that you and your buddy have enjoyed together.
*Paint – If your shadow box requires painting, or simply leave raw if on a time/money budget as it is effective either way. Paint shops might do a small sample for a reasonable price if you ask.
*Small Shells/Bits & Pieces – Little objects either local to the area you dived or with ocean qualities, but must be small enough to fit behind the glass. Craft shops often have little seahorse or anchor pendants in their beading section.
*Sand - A little bit of beach sand. Usually what you bring home in your shoe will be enough.
*Glue – Depending of the quality of the box, and if you use sand, it can be useful to use glue to seal the joins of the finished product.
What to do –
*Bring it all together, as personal or as individual as you like. Don’t forget that if you are painting the box, do this first and tape the glass to remove after the paint has dried. Another tip, is to ask for white borders when you get your photos developed, as it adds a little touch of professionalism.