I love shadow boxes. There are so many kinds and they have endless possibilities. I introduced these little worlds to the campers on Friday to lots of “oohs and ahhhs.” I’m excited to see what they come up with. I gave them the option of using the top or bottom of these boxes I picked up from Michaels. I had some paper prepped in the right size for the backgrounds but I also have blank and patterned paper on hand so they can make their own choices. The top is a glued on piece of transparency paper with puffy paint dots along the edges for a final touch. Last step is to glue on silver chain so the kids can hang them on the wall. You can also use leather straps or rope. I used some tape to hold the chain in place while the mega E6000 glue dried. This glue is my new savior for everything. I am hoping the kids come up with some new ways to make these boxes awesome. I am already seeing little people being made and getting requests for sculpey. We’ll see what happens on Monday. I try to make all my projects as open-ended as possible. All aspects are optional, including doing the project at all. We usually have a few stations going at once, which works out nicely. It’s camp, so I want to create a relaxed and fun space. The kids seem to respond to it really well.
The shadow box below was created by an 8 year old. It’s a rainy day scene. I love how she used the pattern on the background paper to represent the rain.
the shadow boxes look great!! I’m sure the kids will love makeing them!!