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Vintage Map Shadowbox

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

At a recent trip to the thrift store, I found this awesome shadowbox for just $3. I thought it would be make an easy craft box with a fun quote and vintage map. I was inspired by my vintage euro map, which I found at a yard sale a couple years ago. The map has already been used for many projects! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

Vintage Map Shadowbox Supplies:

Step 1. Make background paper.

Remove the backing from the shadow box and trace on your background paper or map. Cut along lines with paper cutter.

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

Step 2. Distress background paper.

Blend distress ink on edges. I used the inkssentials blending tool and rubbed in circular motions until it had the look I wanted.

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

Step 3. Attach paper to back of shadowbox.

Mod podge map to your shadow box backing. I spread a think coat of mod podge on the backing, then pushed the paper onto that, starting from the middle smoothing out all bubbles. Then did another 2 coats on top of the paper to seal it.

 

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

Step 4. Add your decorations.

Once dry (I waited one day), arrange your decorations, put backing on shadow box and enjoy!

 

How easy was that?

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

diy tutorial | how to make your own vintage map shadowbox | the johnsons plus dog

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