Last night, I was still up and writing at 2:30 in the morning because my mind and body will not and cannot sleep when inspiration hits. 

There's just something about the arts--whether it be poetry, blog posts or crafts--that has often called to me in the middle of the night, and it's impossible to ignore its invite into the world of creativity.

So yes, in the wee hours of the morning, I'd just finished this wonderful craft project: the Do-It-Yourself Personalized Initial Shadowbox.
This cool showcase of my children's initials was introduced to me yesterday by Learn With Play At Home (click to check out all the great activities kids can do with you), and I felt the need to start it right that minute. But, of course, I modified it using the materials I had on hand. Check out how I did it in 4 steps below.

Materials Needed:
  • A box! (e.g. the top of an old shoebox or any other box you have).
  • Stencil of Initial(s)
  • Decorative Items--stickers, scrapbook paper, embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used a glue stick and Krazy Glue) and/or Double sided tape
  • Thick paper/cardboard
  • Scotch Restickable Strips (for mounting)
STEP 1: Print Stencil Block Letters of Desired Initials.
You can draw the letters freehand, but, as I have a very unsteady hand, I just typed "Printable Block Letters" into Bing and clicked on Images. 

I printed simple "X" and "J" designs--the initials of my son and stepson--onto regular printer paper. 

Then, I cut the designs out.

STEP 2: Decorate Your Stencils.
I used stickers and scrapbook paper to decorate my initials, making sure to include special messages like "Reach for the Stars" and "Live Your Dream" on each one. I also used sticker letters to spell out the kids' names within the stencils (pixellated) to personalize them even further.

STEP 3: Create Pop-Ups and Glue Them Onto Initials
Cut strips of cardboard according to the size of the letters and fold each strip into five segments. Mine look a little ugly, but I figured you can't see them, so no matter!

After folding the strips to create 3D square, use glue or tape to keep them together. I used Krazy Glue. Then, glue one side of the pop-up to the back of the initial, pressing firmly for 30 seconds.

STEP 4: Glue Pop-Ups to Your Box 
Next, prepare your box. 

I cleaned up a wooden Circo box that came with my son's lacing blocks, but you can use the top of an old shoebox. 

I liked the natural wood color of my box so I left it as is, but you can paint your box whatever color you'd like.

Glue your pop-ups to your box in a design pattern of your choice.

Your Personalized Initial Shadowbox is done!

I can't wait to show the box to my son and stepson. 

I plan on mounting the box on the wall once I can acquire some Scotch Restickable Strips. 

I think it will make a lovely addition to our decor.

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