Shadow Box Bacon Bank
Bacon is a constant theme in our life for several reasons.. One: It’s delicious and we love to cook it! Two: My boyfriend is a tattoo artist and goes by the name, Bacon! That being said, it provided the perfect inspiration for this project.
We seem to have a never ending supply of spare change and I was tired of keeping tons of jars around to collect it, so here’s my solution! This is also great for making a “wish bank” for yourself or kids by putting a picture of what you desire in the back.
Wood shadow box (any size)
Wrapping paper, scrap book paper, photo, fabric, etc.. for your background
There’s probably an easier way to get the slot made in the top of the shadow box but this was the way I went about it!
Just remember to buy a wood shadow box so it’s easier to drill into.
I drilled about 6 holes in a row along the top using a screw. I then used a flathead screwdriver to push the rest of the wood in so it would make a slot. If you wiggle it back and forth it will make the slot a bit wider as well.
If you don’t plan on painting your frame you can click here to go to the next step. If you DO then continue reading..
Fit a small piece of newspaper to the glass and tape around the edges. I would recommend putting a piece on the back of the glass as well in case any paint gets on it.
If you’re going for a solid color, paint one coat, let dry for an hour, then paint on your second coat. Since I was going for an “antiqued” look to match my Kitchen Chalkboard I just did one layer of white spray paint.
After the frame was dry I poured out some light blue acrylic paint and mixed with a few drops of water. Have a rag handy so you can wipe off the paint right away.
Paint a small section of the frame and then wipe it off with the rag. Repeat until the entire frame is done. The second color of paint you use will stick into the grains of wood and give it a light “stained” look. Once you have your desired effect, set it aside and let it dry for another thirty minutes.
Once your frame is dry grab a piece of 100 grit sandpaper or a sanding pad and rub the corners, edges, and other spots on the frame to give it a sun-bleached and worn look.
Now the next part is entirely optional but if you do end up painting something on the glass, I have a few tips before you proceed! To start, I have the penmanship of a 1st grader (and the patience of one as well!) so instead of waiting for the stencils I ordered, I did this freehand. It’s pretty silly looking but I can always get a little paint thinner, wipe it off, and redo this later with a nice neat stencil instead of my ridiculously sloppy handwriting.
If you have confidence in your penmanship, then grab a fine point paintbrush and show off your skills! If you’re like me then please, PLEASE use stencils!
While you’re waiting for your writing to dry, use the backing from your shadowbox to trace around the edges on your background design. As I said before my boyfriend’s nickname is Bacon, so a client had given him this novelty bacon printed wrapping paper!
You can glue your design onto the backing but I used tape so I have the option of changing out the background in the future. Make 5 tape loops or use 5 strips of double-side sticky tape to place on the shadowbox backing.
Cut out your background and place onto the backing. Press firmly on the spots where you put your tape so your image doesn’t come off.
Place the backing back into the shadowbox and hang it up!
Let me know how yours turned out! : )