Today I am going to show you how to make an inexpensive, unique way to display your memories beyond the framed photo. You can make these mini shadow box fridge magnets to display vacation memories, remember special occasions, and more–with a combination of photographs and small mementos!
- 2″ circle punch
- Round Aluminum Favor Tins
- Xyron Machine
- Heavy Duty Magnets
- E-6000 Adhesive
- Seed Beads (do a search for specific colors, there are tons!)
- Buttons, pearls, etc
- Small seashells
- Beach Sand
- Punched shapes
The first thing you will want to do is select images that are around 2″ in size. You can do this in a photo editing program, or just use photos you have on hand. Wallet sized photos are perfect. Turn your 2″ circle craft punch over so you can see where it will punch.
Punch all of the photos you will be using.
Run all 12 of your selected images through a Xyron machine. The reason for the Xyron, is so your images will lay flat in the tin. This will prevent the seed beads, sand, or other selected material, to not get stuck underneath the photo-or stick to liquid adhesive that might escape the edges of your photo.
If you have not used a Xyron before, prepare to be hooked!
Load the machine with permanent adhesive. The sticker maker machines will already be defaulted to this.
Line up your images to utilize the space.
Peel the top coating away:
The obvious choice for this photo was some sand.
Just make sure the items you choose are NOT metallic, they will clump up and stick to the magnet you will be putting on the back later.
(Then you will need to pry the already glued tin back open, with an awl, and stab yourself in the finger. Allegedly.)
Fill your tin with your desired material, then put the lid on it, and eyeball the levels.
Allow the adhesive drying time, and then the extra glue that squishes out of the sides of the tin will just peel off.
Stick those cute shadow boxes on your fridge!
My daughter on her 4th birthday, I added candle buttons, and some sprinkles.
Last up is my daughter in Maui, on the black sand beach. No kidding-the sand was black from all of the surrounding volcanic rock. Lucky for me, my mom thought ahead and brought a baggie of that sand home with her. She shared some with me for this project. Now it is on display on my fridge, a visual reminder of a fun trip!
Get creative, and get filling some of your own!