Design. Create. Decorate.

Design. Create. Decorate.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Old Clock Shadowbox

Welcome to Quince Cottage!
Today we have a small-scale DIY project to share.
Rhiann blames Pinterest for this one. All those pretty pictures of fascinating, artsy shadowboxes made from Altoid's tins made her want to make one for herself, but in a somewhat larger size.
We found an old clock at a thrift shop. It wasn't working, so no need for remorse about disemboweling it. Besides, we plan to upcycle all the parts into various other projects.

© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
Once the innards were out, it was time to scrape off what remained of the decal ornamentation on the glass front.
© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
She painted the inside a light blue to blend in with the sky image she found on the interwebs. After copy/pasting it into a Word doc, she printed it out, cut it to fit and glued it in. She used a different image, this time of mountains and hills, and repeated the process for the lower section.
We found a ceramic bird magnet at a little shop. A blob of hot glue and it's forever flying high!
A real twig, broken to size, simulates tree branches. A dollop of hot glue holds the stick in place. There's no need to over-worry the matter of scale. In other words, the ingredients all make sense, and that's sufficient in this kind of piece. Some moss from the hobby shop lines the bottom of the clock. (again hot glue here and there).
Finally the crowning glory--a real bird's nest that Rhiann found blown out of the trees after a storm. Look at that pretty blue thread running through it! That bird had a decorator's eye for sure.

Nest © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
This is what it looks like close up, with the door open.

© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
Here's the finished creation.

Shadowbox © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet

This was a fun project that didn't take very much time at all. Maybe we'll do another shadowbox soon!
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© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
This week feels like winter here in North Carolina, but last week was warm enough to spend a little time relaxing on our back porch. Here's Daisy basking in the sun. What's the weather like where you are? Tell us in comments, we love to hear from our followers!

Daisy © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet

Quince Cottage Style mixes old and new, rustic and opulent.
Our goal is to make our new subdivision house look inviting, beautiful, 
and as though it wasn't born yesterday!

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