Shadowboxes are great for keeping memories, collectables, or miniatures. I personally like to create miniature memories with them. This one happens to have a small, dead frog in it. You can read about it on my blog: Ossa Piscium .
Step 1: Materials, Tools, Etc...
Paint mixing sticks (thin, about 1/16" thick)
Plexi-glass (also about 1/16" thick)
small razor saw
blah, blah, blah...
Step 2: Cut the Wood Pieces
2 @ 1 5/8" x 5/8"
2 @ 7/8" x 5/8"
1 @ 1 5/8" x 1"
This is all based on the fact that the wood is 1/16" thick and will piece together to form an open top box.
The dime is for comparason.
Step 3: Tape It Up
Cut small pieces of tape to hold the sides together.
The short sides butt up to the long sides as shown in the picture. This isn't rocket science. This helps to allign it while you glue.
Step 4: Glue the Sides and Back
Next apply glue to the back edges of the box (check the fit first). If it is a bit large, that's okay. Glue it down and tape to hold until it all dries.
Step 5: Clean Up Drips and Let Dry...
Step 6: Sand It Up
Step 7: Cut the Widow
Try to make the cut size close to the size you need, but just a bit larger. Sand down the edges with sandpaper or a file to make a tight fit on the box.
Step 8: Fill the Box and Glue in the Window
There are a lot of things you could do with this box to customize it. Put a ring on it for a keyring or necklace, make a small scene in it, whatever. Staining or painting wood would be good, even put a crackle finish on it. I'd like to add a small led light or something, maybe. Heck, put wheels on it for all I care. I'd love to see any pictures of anything someone makes based on this.