06-20-2018

Teacher Day Gift Ideas: Customized Ikea Shadow Box

I believe it is always a good time to show your love and appreciation to the great teachers who share so much love, time, effort and care into teaching and taking care of our children every day.

Not only are they an important part of our children’s lives, but they also have a huge impact on our future! We entrust the most important little people of our lives into their hands on a daily basis. To have the kind of patience, love, and kindness that it takes to be a teacher, you really have to be something special! Which is why I always love to give the teachers who teach my little girl a little something at the end of the year to let them know how much we appreciate what they do.

Today I am sharing with you a DIY shadow box that I made for one such wonderful teacher on behalf of a friend.

I used the basic 9″x9″ shadow frame from Ikea for this project.

I began by stamping some Hero Arts floral stamps on a white cardstock and coloring them using Copic markers which I later fussy cut.

So, while customizing the frame, I got a bit confused in between as to which of these would look better; the Prima premade florals or the stamped ones I made. But since I was making this frame for a teacher I decided to go with something more colorful and fun and so stuck to my original idea.

I always like to arrange and rearrange my embellishments loosely before I am fully happy with the look and then finally glue it down.

So here is the final look of the shadow box. The sketched out the poem on a plain white cardstock using the Silhouette Sketch feature on my Cameo. I also added a thin gold washi tape on the borders to add some interest.

To personalize the frame further I again used the Cameo to cut out the teacher’s name on vinyl and stuck it on to the outer glass of the frame.


This little birdie in one of my favorite elements on the frame.

And voila! There you have it! a personalized/customized shadow box frame for a lovely teacher ready to be wrapped up and given.

I have more shadow box projects coming up here very soon so do visit again to check them out.

Thank you!