How to Make an Acrylic Shadow Box
Acrylic shadow boxes are a great way to display a scene or group of favorite objects. Shadow boxes allow you to display multidimensional items that regular scrapbooks cannot accommodate. The shadow box allows you to keep your items clean from moisture and dust. An acrylic shadow box is great way to display items in a modern way because the objects will seem like they are floating due to the clear acrylic.
Step 1 – Cut Your Top and Bottom Pieces
Cut your acrylic sheets with a metal cutting saw to get 2 pieces for the top and bottom of your shadow box. Make the pieces as long as you want the width of your shadow box. Using fine grit sand paper, sand the edges of these pieces.
Step 2 – Cut Your Side Pieces
Cut 2 sides for your shadow box. The length of these pieces is determined by how tall you want your shadow box to be. Sand the edges.
Step 3 – Cut Your Back and Front Pieces
Cut front and back pieces for your shadow box. The sizes of these pieces are determined by the length and width of your other pieces. Sand the edges.
Step 3 – Join Top, Bottom and Side Pieces Together
Lay the top piece flat on a work surface. Move one of your sides to be perpendicular to the left edge of the top piece. Apply acrylic glue to join the 2 pieces together. Apply strips of tape that span both pieces to hold them together while the glue dries. Move the other side piece into a perpendicular position on the right edge of the top piece. Join the pieces together with glue and secure with tape. Position your bottom piece perpendicular to the open edges of the side pieces. Glue and secure with tape.
Step 4 – Secure Pieces and Let Dry
Place a square object in each of the shadow box corners to maintain perpendicular angles while the glue dries. Allow the glue to dry for 48 hours.
Step 5 – Attach the Back Piece
Remove the square objects. Apply acrylic glue around the exposed edges of your shadow box. Line up the back piece and press it into the glue. Make sure all the edges are aligned and there is no overlap. Allow the glue to dry.
Step 6 – Fill Your Shadow Box
Arrange the items you want to include in your shadow box, making sure to attach them to the back piece with an adhesive.
Step 7 – Finish Your Shadow Box
Position your shadow box so that the back rests against your work surface. Apply glue around the exposed edges of your shadow box. Line up the front piece and press into the glue. Make sure all the edges are aligned and there is no overlap. Allow the glue to dry. Your shadow box is complete!