Just in case you’re looking for a special gift to make for Christmas, I thought I’d share my shadow boxes with you. Little mementos or souvenirs are perfect to use in a shadow box
I once mentioned to my friend and co-author, Maria Toth, that I still have my grandfather’s magic wand. (He died when I was in 8th grade, and I inherited many of his magician tricks.)
“You should frame it,” Maria said.
It was a light bulb moment. I found a frame, a photo of Granddad, some of the silk scarfs he used, typed up his magic words, “Abracadabra Presto Picheelo,” and added some playing cards.
I loved the way it turned out, so I made another one with the magic wand I used many years ago when I tried my hand as a clown magician.
I was a clown magician for my son’s 4th birthday party.
I added playing cards and Granddad’s silk handkerchiefs to this shadow box, too,
so it tied in with the other one, and I hung them on the wall together.
I bought the frames at Ross at a good price. They had some 3D funky looking plastic figures in them, which I removed.
I was on a roll, so I made some more shadow boxes that reflected the Monster Moon books my BBH McChiller co-authors and I were working on. When we’d get together, we’d surprise each other at times with little sourvenirs or dollar store treasures that pertained to things in the story. I had so many trinkets and no more room on my shelves, so I decided to make shadow boxes with them.
This one reflects the prankster character, Freddy ‘Hangman’ Gallows.
Maria bought these gags at a dollar store.
Needless to say, when I take this shadow box to school visits,
kids go crazy over it and want to know how much it costs to buy it!
To read my post about props and school visits, click here
This shadow box reflects things that are in Secret of Haunted Bog,
which takes place in a fictitious Old Chinatown near a haunted swampland.
Too bad I never took any classes in photography.
My reflection in the glass kind of messed up the photo!
More Secret of Haunted Bog treasures!
This shadow box reflects the first Monster Moon book,
Curse at Zala Manor.
This one reflects Vlad’s past. He’s the talking pirate rat in Monster Moon.
This shadow box is twice the size of the others and
captures most of the action in Secret of Haunted Bog
Now that I have grandkids, I’ll make some shadow boxes for them one day. I’ll personalize them to reflect some of their favorite things, whether it be a sports team, books, ballet, whatever they’re passionate about. Only time will tell.
I haven’t made a Christmas or holiday shadow box – yet. Anything might inspire me at any given time. They’re really not hard to make at all, and you can buy the boxes at a craft store. Or keep an eye out for a frame that has enough depth to add 3D objects. So, if you’re crafty and have some special treasures that you want to display or give as a gift, then have at it!
If you make a grouping, they sure can dress up a wall.
These hang above my desk.
The shadow boxes inspired me to stay motivated
on our Monster Moon books while we were working on them.
“Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time.”
~ Doug Coupland
If someone wanted to make a shadow box for you, what would they put in it to reflect the things you’re passionate about?
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