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Tutorial: Ombre Flower Shadow Box

I have a cheap and easy project for you today. Those are two of my favorite words: cheap and easy. {When you’re talking about home decor or DIY projects. When you’re talking about people, that’s an entirely different story.}

Ombre Flower Shadow Box from Endlessly Inspired

Anyways.

I love ombre. I know I’m a little late jumping on the ombre bandwagon, but I really do love it. And when I saw this pack of ombre paper flowers at Michaels, I knew I wanted to do something with it.

Recollections flower pack

So here’s what you need.

Paper ombre flowers {I got mine for $3.99 at Michael’s.}
Shadow box {Mine is a Ribba frame from Ikea, but this one is very similar.}
Pretty paper that coordinates with your flowers
Card stock
Scissors and/or craft knife
Glue

Disassemble your shadow box. Mine came with a mat, so I traced that onto my paper and cut it out. If you don’t have a mat, cut your paper to fit your frame, decide how large you want your center to be and then cut it out. Use a straight edge and craft knife to cut out the center. If your paper has a repeating or specific pattern, make sure you center it on the mat before cutting it out.

tracing

Cut a piece of card stock to fit the center of your mat and tape to the backside of your patterned paper.

Now it’s time to lay out your flowers on your card stock. A normal person would make a whole bunch of measurements and make sure that all of the flowers are evenly spaced and perfectly arranged. I, however, am not a normal person and decided to wing it.

layout

{Not entirely sure why my paper looks all wonky in these pictures. It looks like my 5-year-old cut it out — no offense, Con Man. But I swear, it was straight and even.}

I started by arranging all of my flowers evenly and found that it’s easier to do this if you do at least two of the corner ones first. For me, it was easiest to lay them out first, then go back and glue them down one by one. I used hot glue, but you could use whatever type of glue you want.

layout2

Once you have them glued down, pop everything back in your frame, and you’re done!

shadowbox2

I have made two of these now. The other one used nine larger flowers and a damask scrapbook paper. It lived on my mantel for a while. {If you want to know how to make that wreath, check out this post.} This turquoise one will go in my guest room, when and if I ever get around to decorating it.

mantle

{Click here to see where I linked this project!}

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  • Elise
    June 28, 2013 at 2:58 am

    What a great project! It’s so simple and cute!

  • Jackie @ City Girl Finding Her Place in the World
    June 29, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Stopping by from the I love my blog postblog hop. This is so cute and seems very doable 🙂

  • Amber
    June 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Visiting from the blog hop today. This is project is so beautiful. And easy enough that my non-crafty self could actually do it!

  • heidi
    June 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I looks so great. And it looks so easy to do. It’s a great idea. Have a great day, and thanks for sharing.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  • Autumn B
    June 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I love your flower shadow box! It’s so simple yet beautiful! Thanks for the idea!!

  • Autumn B
    June 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I’m a new Twitter and Pinterest follower from the I Love My Post Blog Hop!!!

  • Leslie
    June 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I’m in love with this project! So pretty and easy to make which is my favorite part of a project.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    http://www.violetimperfection.com

  • Lanaya | Raising Reagan
    July 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Jenn this is beautiful and simple! I love it 🙂

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

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