anyway, wanted to share with you a diy i pulled together over the weekend. a while back, i found a shadow box on a really good sale at michaels (and with the 40% coupon, it was practically free!). the box isn't anything special (white frame, black background) and it fit perfectly among the many frames on our main entry wall- so surprise, surprise, i bought it!
then, our local joann's was having a moving sale and i found some sample fabric swatches for $0.50 each! another practically free score. in hind sight, i really wish i picked up more, but the plans i have for the other swatches are exciting...so stay tuned!
this is a simple, easy project that would take you less time that complete than it does to cook a pot of rice (as long as it's not minute rice). i cropped the fabric to fit the frame backing and using hot glue, secured the fabric to the back. once the glue was mostly dry, i went around again, looking for loose edges or pockets or fabric. when completely dry, i added my little wooden men and a comb to the box (compliments of my travels overseas) with pins.
once i was happy with the placement and pinning of everything (this was actually the hardest part since the men kept falling off when i secured the glass frame to the backing), i hung it on the wall. seriously, simple.
this is the first time i've really worked with shadow boxes so i can see why it's better to buy the boxes with hinged glass, but all in all, i love how it turned out. and i love the splash of color it adds to the wall.