How to Make a Shadow Box Picture Frame

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Everything you wanted to know about building a shadow box, from planning to materials to the final product. Learn all this and more in this free online arts and crafts video from a woodworking expert.

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So your photos are not attracting enough attention from party guests and your masterpieces of tone and composition trapped flat and lifeless against the living room wall. You may have a prize winning image, but it doesn’t get any more play in that bland frame than the Nagel print or Ansel Adams calendar on either side of it. What you need is a way to create an aura of excitement and anticipation for your work of art, a gimmick to make your photo command the admiration of your viewing public.

From across the room, the walls of a shadow box could conceal many things. People will walk over to the box to satisfy their curiosity, sure that such a magnificent display must contain real star quality within. Imagine your photo as Willie Nelson and the shadow box as his custom tour bus. Even if your photo is only the bass player, fans still go a bit crazy when he gets off of the bus.

In this series of free arts and crafts videos, carpentry expert Jon Olsen takes you step-by-step through the construction of your own shadow box. He demonstrates how to chose materials, cut the base and walls, then stain the frame to match your furniture. Not only will the finished box add prestige to your photo, it will protect the image as well, shielding your creation from direct light and the anxious reach of rowdy fans.

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