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DIY Easy Valentine's Day Shadow Box


Valentine's Day is fast approaching! Didn't the New Year just begin? Our DIY Easy Valentine's Day Shadow Box will help get you in the mood for the big day.


Valentine's Day used to mean a great deal to me. There were flowers, chocolate, dinners and a gift by the end of the day. However, gifts, flowers and dinners have become so commonplace that the meaning behind the big day no longer gives me the thrills that it used to. Now Valentine's Day has become just another big commercial "holiday". I'd much prefer to have a handmade gift, a love letter or even a handwritten card, instead of one that you picked out at the Hallmark store, because the words "spoke to you". Don't get me wrong, I still love receiving roses, but everything else now just seems a bit too "je ne sais quois". I've also recently gotten into the shadow box craze, it also helped that my craft store Michaels was having an amazing sale on shadow boxes and I stocked up on them. I wanted to create something that would mean a lot more to me, than some store bought gift, and something that I can reuse year after year as home decor for Valentine's Day. This DIY Easy Valentine's Day Shadow Box takes about 10 minutes to complete, and I have to say that it turned out rather well.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Shadow Box

Here's what you'll need

Supplies

1 - 11x14 shadow box
3 - Package paper flowers (I purchased these)
1 - Valentine's Day stickers (I purchased these, but you can also use your Cricut machine)
1 - Decorative heart (for trace purposes only)
1 - Glue dots


Instructions

1. Begin by removing the back of your shadow box. You're going to do everything on the back.

2. Use your decorative heart and trace the outline on the inside of the back portion of your shadow box backing. If you can do a free hand heart, then by all means go ahead and do so. I found that it was easier to trace the heart.


3. Arrange your flowers in the manner that you would like them along the traced outline. Since my package had both big and small roses, I originally started off using the big roses at the top, with the small roses at the bottom, but initially decided to alternate them throughout the design.


4. Use your glue dots to attach them to your outline. Once they've been attached, replace the back of your shadow box.

5. For this final step, if you have a Cricut machine, you can choose a quote of your choice and create it with vinyl. I initially started off doing it this way, but found that it was a little too time consuming. Store bought Valentine's Day stickers are so much easier. Simply attach the words you desire on the glass of your Valentine's Day Shadow Box and you're done!


Now you have something that you made with your very own hands that you can share with the one you love. Homemade gifts have so much more meaning because you put the thought into it. Here's to an amazing Happy Valentine's Day!

Annmarie John
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  1. What a great idea, I like the design this is so easy to made for valentines day.

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    1. It really is. I decided on whim that I was just going to do it and I'm so happy with the results. I actually did it twice before deciding on the final look.

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  2. This seriously came out gorgeous once again and definitely want to try to make this shadow box now for Valentine's Day here, too now :)

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    1. You really should. If you have a Michaels store close by, you can get all your materials there.

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  3. This came out so well it is so nice to make something instead of just giving a card or flowers that take no time at all. I will try and make this or something like this with my son to show the true meaning of the holiday.

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    1. I agree. I'm so sick of store bought gifts and cards. I enjoyed it when I was younger, but now I truly want something more.

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  4. I think that is so pretty. I like how easy it is to make too. You did a great job showing and explaining how to make it. I could see this sitting on my side table in the living room.

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    1. That's exactly where I plan on putting this. I want to have it on my entryway table so you'll see it as soon as you walk in.

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  5. I treasure handmade gifts! I'm not very artistic so I love the premade flowers for this project. These would be cute for the kids to make their teachers!

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    1. Pre-made is the way to go! I tried doing them on my Cricut and it was just too time consuming. These worked out so much better.

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  6. This came out so adorable! It looks pretty easy too, and I am not crafty so this would be perfect to make for my mom.

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    1. I'm sure that she would appreciate it. Moms tend to love our handmade projects. I know that my mom always love it when I made her gifts.

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  7. This turned out so cute! I'm throwing my kids a Valentine's Party and this is a great idea for a craft for us to do.

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    1. That would be awesome! I've never thrown a Valentine's Day party before, and that sounds delightful!

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  8. Oh wow! That is so pretty! I am partial to pink hues and feminine art so this is perfect for me.

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    1. While I'm not too much a fan of pink, I personally think that it works for Valentine's Day, the only day I would use pink for.

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  9. I love the dp-it-yourself box. After working in a flower shop on Valentines day, I'm totally not excited by traditional gifts Something homemade has so much more meaning.

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    1. I agree. I'm so tired of the traditional stuff, it just seems like there is no though put into it at all. I'm hoping for something more this year.

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  10. Ah! I love this. I love DIY things and this shadow box is just perfect! I will have to give it a try. I’d love it on my table for the 14th! So pretty. - Jeanine

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    1. You'll be able to make this so easily. I'm not sure which craft store you have around you there in Canada, but as long as you can find the materials, you'll be good.

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  11. This is a beautiful and heart-felt craft! I like how you alternated between bigger and smaller roses.

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    1. I originally wanted to do just the big roses, but since my paper flower package had both in the package, it just worked out better that way.

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  12. Such an easy yet sweet craft! This would be a great idea for me and the kids to make for mom.....shhhh....don't tell her!

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    1. She won't hear it from me, but it would be nice if you can all do it together and give it to her as a surprise gift.

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  13. Only 10 minutes? It looks like you put a lot more time into it. It turned out really beautiful!

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    1. The toughest part was placing the flowers, but once you're done doing that, you're practically done. It's so easy!

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  14. I really love this cute Valentine's Day shadow box! It looks so easy to make.

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    1. It really is, and since everything is practically done for you, it couldn't be easier. If you have a Cricut machine, you can do it that way, but it'll take a lot longer to make, but it'll be beautiful and just the way you want it.

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  15. Love how it came out! So pretty and it looks easy to make!

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    1. Thank you, and it is rather easy to make. You don’t even need the directions, all you need is the materials.

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  16. I agree with you that Valentine's Day has become so commercial. I love your shadow box. It's a fun way to celebrate without going over the top.
    Estelle

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    1. It really has. As soon as Christmas is over, sometimes even before it’s over the Valentine’s Day stuff is all over the place: I just wish it’ll be toned down a bit.

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  17. I love this, would make a great gift idea for someone special and I think it could be up all year not just for Valentines.

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    1. That’s very true. The fact that it doesn’t say Happy Valentines Day works, but I think Valentines Day is all about hearts which is why I think it screams Happy Valentines Day.

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  18. This is super pretty and also something I'd probably put up year round. My husband and I have never celebrated Valentines as our anniversary is the week before and we make a bigger deal of that.

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    1. That sounds rather exciting if I do say so myself. My anniversary isn’t until May so we get to celebrate although this year I’m not so sure I really want to. I’d rather just relax at home.

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  19. My grandfather and my mom were/are very into shadow boxes. While I don't have a Cricut machine, (but want one) I still love to make them. They just take longer. This is gorgeous!

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    1. That’s awesome! I love my Cricut but it does take some time to cut the letters, I’d rather just buy the ready made stuff.

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  20. This is so cute, and you made it look so easy. I love doing crafts for each holiday. Totally know what you mean about the day losing its meaning. We usually just do dinner at home (except prepared by my husband), and he actually does make me a homemade card, so sweet!

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    1. Your husbands sounds like a keeper. Mine would prefer to go out to dinner, maybe I should show him your comment so he can get the hint. I'd much prefer to stay in with a home cooked meal and a handmade card.

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  21. This is such a great idea and could be made in different shapes of hearts. My daughter, how LOVES anything artistic, would love this activity.

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    1. You and your daughter can do this together. It's really easy to do and will be a great way to spend some quality time together.

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  22. This is such a cute idea! I am with ya on how soon February is creeping up, valentines day will be here before we know it.

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    1. I can't even believe it myself. It seems like yesterday the new year began and now it's almost February.

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  23. This is a lovely DIY. My daughter would love making this. I'm sharing the link with her.

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    1. You should do it with her instead of her doing it by herself. I'm sure you'll both have a great time together doing it.

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  24. Angela Ricardo BetheaJanuary 27, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    That is such a beautiful valentine box idea. You really did a great job on it.

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    1. Thank you. It was so easy to do and now I'm doing another that I want to share later in the year, but first my little one is making one for her blog.

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  25. Perfect thoughtful shadow box! Simple but it means so much for the recipients. Thanks for sharing this DIY. How I wish I was crafty!

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    1. Oh I'm sure that you're crafty, you just don't believe it yourself. I used to say the same thing until I decided to start experimenting. All you need is an idea.

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  26. Oh so pretty! I like the simplicity of flowers arranged to form a heart! I will try my best to make one for my family too.

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    1. Get the family involved. It'll be great for bonding. I know that my 5yr old loves making them with me, even if she's just handing over the materials.

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  27. love how simple and elegant this looks..not a huge fan of the holiday although this year, im hosting a galentines brunch!

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    1. A galentines day brunch sounds amazing. I'm hosting a wine tasting myself with some girlfriends and I can't wait.

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  28. GIRL! This is my kind of craft! lol Something that's easy and takes no time at all! This is super cute!

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    1. Thank you girlie. You know if I can't make it in less than 20 minutes, I'm not sharing it on the blog. I'm all about quick and easy here.

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  29. This came out beautiful! I would love to try and make something like this. It looks like something you would spend so much money on at the store.

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    1. And that's the thing. I've seen so many of them at the stores and I just can't imagine spending the money they ask. Although if you don't get some of the stuff on sale yourself, like the shadow boxes, they can turn out to be just as expensive.

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  30. That's totally clever and adorable! Instead of roses, I have left over sunflowers from my wedding. I should try it with those!

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    1. That would be a beautiful way to commemorate your wedding. You'll always have something to look at that reminds you of your big day.

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  31. This is adorable! I love that it's so simple to make. I just got out my Valentine's decorations this week, but I'm going to have to make this to add!

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    1. That's the one thing that I love, making sure that everything is easy to make. If you do make it, I'd love to see it. Enjoy!

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  32. I'm not big on Valentine's Day, except when it comes to homemade gifts. They feel so much more special and are treasures you can keep for years to come.

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    1. Personally I prefer handmade or homemade gifts myself. I've already told my kids that I don't want them buying me anything. It just remains to be seen what I receive this year.

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  33. This is an excellent Valentine's Day craft to display in your home. I love your suggestion to use stickers instead of vinyl. Sometimes I use vinyl but to knock out a quick craft I would much rather use stickers too.

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    1. Oh I'm all about quick and the stickers sure do make it so much easier to create what I need in very little time.

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  34. I love how simple, yet classy and elegant, shadowboxes can be, and this one definitely nailed it!! Such a fan!

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    1. Thank you. I'm in love with them myself. Can you believe I'm already working on a Christmas one? I just had an idea and had to go with it before I forget.

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  35. Wow! This is beautiful! You make it look fairly easy to do too!

    I need to add some Valentine decor to my home. Thanks for the inspiration!
    xoxo

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    1. Oh you're very welcome Jennifer, and it is rather easy to do. You can get the kids involved and do it together.

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