Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gallery Wall Pt 2 - Sea Biscuit Shadowbox

I was so happy to do this project a guest posting over at Makin My Apt a Home as part of the Trading Blogs party hosted by Serendipity & Spice.

I finally whipped up another piece for our gallery wall.

It all started a couple of months ago my mother-in-law showed up with a tin.  When D opened it up, he found two sea biscuits that his grandmother had brought him from Florida over 30 years ago.  MIL had been toting it from place to place since he was a kid.  (Sea Biscuits are similar to sand dollars but are more puffy looking)

I knew that I had to come up with something special to display them so they wouldn't live in another 35 years in that tin. Plus, it was a cool old Coca-Cola Santa tin that I wanted to be able to use in my decorating next Christmas!

First, I had to bleach them.  I added some bleach to warm water and soaked them for 10 minutes.  Once they dried, they were nice and white.

Then it was time to make the box.  Mine was about 7.5 by 10.5.  I cut down some scrap and nailed it together with some brads.

A quick sand then onto priming and painting.

Once everything was dry, I needed to find a backing board.  Luckily I found another scrap piece that would work.

A quick trim and it was starting to look like a shadowbox.  Well, an upside-down shadowbox.

Then it was onto fabric.  First I spray painted the edges of the backer and let it dry.  Using spray adhesive, I applied the fabric to the backing piece.   Since I wanted to make sure that no fabric could be seen sticking out between the side and back, I trimmed the fabric just a bit, then let it dry for about an hour.

Now it was time to attach the back.  I predrilled the holes for the screws. 2 holes on each side, 1 on the top and 1 on the bottom.

Once everything is screwed down and the back has gotten a coat of black spray paint, I attached a tooth hanger. I don't think that is actually what they are called but hey, it is descriptive and you knew exactly what I was talking about before you saw the pic didn't you?

Now it is time to first up the hot glue gun.  Since this is ultimately going to be hanging on the wall, I didn't want there to be any chance of anything coming loose.

No pics of the actual gluing since that stuff starts to harden so quickly.  But I applied a generous bead of glue about 3/4" from the outer edge and then pressed it firmly to the fabric.

I think it turned out great.

Right now it is living on my half stripped mantle.  But it still looks pretty darn good.  My mother-in-law teared up when she saw the "biscuits" displayed so nicely.  D thinks it looks pretty nice but is still not convinced about how the gallery wall is going to look. 

I am so happy I was able to share my Sea Biscuit Shadowbox with Arod's readers.

If you would interested in trading posts with us sometime in the future, let us know.  D would be thrilled because it might get me working on the million projects I have half finished in the basement!

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  1. visiting from tatertots and jello...what a neat keepsake. I love the story just as much as your finished project.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. Every time I see the shadowbox in our living room, I think of D's Grandma M - who is a very cool lady!

  3. Awww, so sweet that you gave them a special place (even if you had ulterior motives to get the tin ;)). Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

    1. I swear I didn't just do it for the tin! :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Love your shadowbox! I wish I could just whip something up from wood! Looks fabulous!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thanks! I have to say that now that we have our air compressor and our brad nailer, I am thinking about doing many more wood projects.

  5. I've never seen sea biscuits but I love them. Great way to display these keepsakes. My link party [The Inspiration Board] is up right now. I would love for you to stop by and consider linking this up! My readers would love it.

  6. It's beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  7. That display is beautiful. I just did a butterfly shadow box and it was so much fun...I bought the box though. Great job! I'm a new follower too. Stop by anytime, Lori

    1. Thanks for following! I would have bought the shadow box but I couldn't find any that were just the right size. Then again, any excuse to use power tools is a good one! :-) BTW, I love your DIY mercury glass.

  8. This turned out great! It's nice to display something that has meaning instead of having it in storage. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  9. I love this! I like that you incorporated shells into this project. Great job. :)



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