DIY Personalised Initial Shadowbox

Jan 21, 2013

This post is sponsored by Digital Parents
 kids activities, DIY kids room decor, kids craft

I bought some little resin embellishments/buttons off ebay a while ago and have been trying to think of a cool way to use them. After our recent Alphabet Party I've had letters on the brain, so making a Personalised Initial Shadowbox for my daughter's room seemed like a good idea.

The great thing with involving your child in a project like this is that you're encouraging letter recognition, letter formation, fine motor skills, spacial skills, creativity, discussion, problem solving and more!

All whilst making some cool kids room decor or even as a great gift idea.

Ages: 3+

Materials: Embellishments (buttons, broken/small toys, old jewellery, little odds and ends, resin shapes, scrap-booking supplies etc), cardboard lid (painted black or colour of your choice), craft glue, lead pencil, Scotch Restickable Strips (for mounting)

Use your pencil to draw in your letter. 
Apologies for all the rubbing out marks on mine.

Tip: Use a ruler for straight lines or cut out a template of paper first. You could make the outline on the computer and print it out for a perfect shape or just go freehand.. just make sure you have an eraser.

Glue inside your letter. It's a good idea to try and trace the outline so that it's clear for children where they will be sticking.

Time for sticking! Talk about putting the larger embellishments on first and how to fill the gaps.

Practicing the pincer grip to pick up small items.

Problem Solving. Here is a small gap. What could fit here? Finding something appropriate.

When we filled in all the gaps with the resin embellishments we decided to use some sequins to try and fill in the little gaps. 
(I also tossed up with the idea about using glitter for the gaps instead... perhaps on our next one)

When it was all dry, I stuck on some Scotch Restickable Strips...

And just pressed it against the wall. 
I love how it sits flat up against the wall unlike if I used hooks or sticky-tac etc. and can come away with no damage unlike pins.

We love creating unique decor for our rooms. It gives them that nice home-made, different touch from all the store bought items and gives my daughter something to feel proud about.

You can see the simple spotty lanterns that me made.

I love how the box lid provides such a simple frame for the piece. You could, of course, always make the same thing on a piece of paper and frame it for an even more professional look.

Did you enjoy this project? Feel free to share it with others.

Scotch Restickable Giveaway for Australian Readers*
*this giveaway is now closed and the winners have been notified.

3M have generously sent me one of their full range of the Scotch Restickable products (as pictured below) to send to an Aussie reader. 
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us what you'd be sticking up with Scotch Restickables.

I also have 20 samples to send out to the first 20 Australian Readers to leave a comment on this post.

Product Info:

• The Scotch Restickable Mounting range is a unique and innovative 
light weight mounting product (This is the heaviest thing I've hung with them. I'm using them mainly for photos, drawings... all that sort of stuff.)

• Scotch Restickables can be washed with soapy water, rinsed and air 
dried to restore stickiness to be used time and time again  (I really love this about them!)

• Unlike other light weight mounting products, Scotch Restickables sit 
flush - allowing you to display your artwork proudly  (no more blu-tac bumps!)

• When removed Scotch Restickables remove cleanly and will not 
leave oil residue on the surface area, making it a risk free product to 
use when it comes to decorating 

• The Scotch Restickable Mounting range is available in a variety of 
sizes, tabs, strips and sheets 

• The Recommended Retail Price is $4.95. (not much considering you can use them over and over again)

• Can be purchased at any Officeworks or Bunnings store nationwide 

Terms and Conditions
- Apologies but this giveaway is open for Australian Residents Only
- The competition ends Tuesday 29th January, 2013 at 9pm (EST)
- The winner of the full range of Scotch Restickables is chosen based on originality and creativity
- Entrants will need to provide a valid email address
- Winners will be contacted via email. If you have not left a valid email address for us to contact you with, someone else will be drawn instead. Winners will need to get in contact and provide their postal address within 48 hours or the prize/samples will be reallocated.

Happy Crafting,
Debs :)

{Disclosure: this is a paid post for 3M sponsored via Digital Parents Collective. We received a Scotch Restickable range to review for this post. Opinions expressed in this post, as always are purely my own}

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