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Shadow Box Cork Storage DIY

imageI, like many of my contemporaries, enjoy drinking wine.  A direct product of this is that I’ve got a little cork collection going, and wanted something pretty to keep them in. I had seen some of these shadow box displays on Etsy that were a little too pricey for me so I decided to take a crack at one on my own.

First, I went shopping for a plain shadow box.  I found one on sale for 50% off at Hobby Lobby and jumped on it. My plan was to take it home, take it apart and drill a hole in the top with one of my husband’s gigantic drill bits so that when I had a cork to add to it, I could just drop it into the top of the box. When I got the box home however, I found that the construction of the box would not allow me to do that.  Without going into too much detail, I decided that it was too risky to try doing this.  I was afraid I would ruin the box.  I decided to fill the box with what I had and after I have a few corks saved up, I’ll take the back off the box and add them. Not optimal, but if I wanted it perfect, I would need to pay for it on Etsy.

Next, I started looking for the saying I wanted on the glass and found this online

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It is a design that is available for purchase on the Silhouette site.  I bought the design, only to find out that Silhouette is a fancy die cutting machine, much like a Cricut, which I don’t own.  I decided to cut the design out by hand and will show you how.  It’s meticulous and time consuming, but reaps nice results.

First, flip the design around so that it is reversed left to right.  I did this with photoshop.

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Next, print it out and enlarge it to the size you need. It doesn’t all have to be on one sheet, just so long as you have all parts of the reversed design printed out. Here’s what the top half of mine looked like after I started cutting it up.

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I used adhesive vinyl, the kind that comes in a 12″ roll.  I used small pieces of this at a time since I was cutting out words, or sometimes letters, one at a time. Cut out a letter from your printout.  You don’t want or need to cut it out perfectly but should instead leave a small border around it. Carefully tape the letter with the printed (backwards) side facing you to the back of the piece of vinyl. With a small pair of scissors, cut out the letter as exactly as you can.

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When it is cut out, the right side of the vinyl will have the correct forward facing design on it. I did this for the entire design. Any words whose letters were connected I cut out as one piece, such as the word “the” at the beginning. I used an exacto knife for any tough to reach spots.  I suggest binge-watching TV on Netflix while you do this.  I think I watched season 5 of “The Walking Dead” which made the task much more enjoyable. The other option would be to get a friend with either a Cricut or Silhouette machine to cut something out for you. Bring her a bottle of wine as a thank you.

Once it’s cut out, carefully center and stick it to your (cleaned) glass. Remove the back, fill it with your corks, and hang it up.

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Ours hangs over our bar cabinet, appropriately.

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Love it!  I plan to enjoy filling it up over the course of time.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Next post will be a Halloween related DIY!  My favorite season is finally here!!!

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