For some reason this project took foreeeeeever (make that for like ever), even though the different parts were each quite easy. I have always loved the original “for like ever” poster:
found here, but wanted to put my own twist on the words.
- glass– pick the size, I used 16×20
- 1×2 wood, enough to cover perimeter twice
- spray paint
- frosted glass paint
- 3″ wood screws
- wood glue
- hot glue gun
- mitre saw
- battery operated lights
To build this project, or any shadow box frame, start by using a stencil or Cricut to cut out lettering backwards and attach to the backside of a clean piece of glass. Spray paint the BACKSIDE of your glass. I made this mistake originally and painted the front side… I have seen a lot of spray paint in my day, but could not get the splotches out on the front side of the glass. If you spray paint the back you will get a smooth, nice look to the project. You will need at least two coats, I used three. When dry, remove the lettering:
And spray the clear glass with a frosted glass:
Next, build your frame. Build a perimeter frame connecting the 1″ side of your wood, so the frame is tall. This allows you to use lights without burning your wall. To build:
- Cut your wood to the size of your glass, no angles on this project, just straight cuts
- Connect with wood glue and brackets (and brad nails if desired to help hold shape)
- Allow the glue to dry
- Then secure on the ends with 3″ wood screws
Now, build the top frame piece that will lay on top of the first frame. Follow the same steps above, but this time connect the frame on the 2″ side for a flatter, wider frame.
After the two frames are made glue them together and attach with brad nails. Use brackets to hold together while drying for a secure bond.
Now time to paint! A couple of coats will do it.
When the frame is dry use a glue gun to attach the glass to the inside of the frame:
Then use the glue gun again to attach battery-operated lights. Leave enough cord to attach the battery pack to the outside of the frame for easy use.
Now the frame is ready to hang and enjoy! I hung ours between the boys bedrooms. They love it, especially the fade-in option and the flashing lights setting. I’m not huge on flashing lights, but it was never for me anyway. Just want my kids to know they are loved.