Create your own fun little shadow box using traditional children's craft materials. Original tutorial can be viewed at Craftosaurus.
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Step 1: Make Box
Make a box out of popsicle sticks as shown. I recommend using regular white glue to adhere the sticks, because it is easy to reposition them that way. Build up the sides of box until the depth is at least one inch.
Step 2: Measure Finished Box
Measure the depth and the length (or width) of the inner bottom of the box. Since the the box should be roughly square, you need only measure one side of the inner bottom of the box.
Step 3: Draw Square Onto Felt
Using measurements taken in step 2, draw a square onto your felt as shown. As you can probably tell, this doesn't have to be a super meticulous process. The goal is just to cut out a piece of felt an approximate size and shape that will let you drape it in the box to do further fitting, without wasting too much felt.
Step 4: Cut Into Corners of Felt
Cut into the corners of the felt about 3/4" to allow flexibility for draping the corners.
Step 5: Fit Felt to Box
Place your felt in the box and smooth it to fit. If your felt piece is a little large and extends past the edges of the box, go ahead and trim it to fit at this time.
Step 6: Cut Notches at Corners
Cut small notches in the felt at each corner of the box. There should be
2 layers of felt overlapping each other at each corner, so be sure to cut a notch on each layer. I recommend notching each layer individually to minimize mistakes.
Step 7: Remove and Cut Corners
Remove felt and cut out corners as shown below, using the notches as guides.
Step 8: Felt Should Look Like This
Final felt shape should look something like this. As you can see, it is not perfectly exact, but that's okay as long as it completely covers the inside of your box. There's no reason to get crazy and spend a lot of time on getting this piece perfect. You won't be able to tell the difference once it is adhered to the box.
Step 9: Paint Box
Paint your box and let it dry completely. I painted the whole thing so it would look pretty for the picture, but it's not really necessary to paint the parts that the felt will be covering.
Step 10: Glue Felt to Box
Brush a layer of white glue all over the inside of the box, and then insert, position, and press your felt in to glue it into place.
Step 11: Prepare Pieces to Be Glued
Cut and prepare pieces to be glued into the box. Add pipe cleaners for support, as shown, if desired. Glue your pieces into place using the hot glue gun, and also add any other desired decoration at this time.