My daughter-in-law made the cutest shadow box using a child’s night gown. I thought it would be fun to use the same concept for a Vintage Embroidery Hoop Shadow Box.
One of my latest thrifted finds is a 10×10 inch shadow box. It is chipped and has some sort of red punch dripping on the glass and fabric. The good thing about it is all the damage is fixable. PLUS it was 50% off. I can’t wait to share how I spruced it up.
On the second Friday of each month, Julie from Redhead Can Decorate has organizes the Thrifty Style Team with several incredibly talented bloggers. Each with their own style and creativity. This month is all about Styling Your Home with thrifty ideas, crafts and makeovers. I am excited for you to see ALL of their projects and will list their links at the bottom of this post.
What you will need to make your own DIY Vintage Embroidery Hoop Shadow Box:
1-10 inch shadow box
1-8 inch embroidery hoop
1-vintage embroidered tea towel or doily
10×10 inch drop cloth fabric-I tore mine because I like the raw edges, but you can cut yours if you like
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
With glass cleaner and paper towels, I cleaned up the shadow box. Including the fabric.
Once it was clean, it was time to cover the inside of the shadow box.
With a small amount of hot glue along each side, I was able to adhere the drop cloth-to cover up the (once was) dirty fabric.
For the fabric in the embroidery hoop, I choose to use a hand embroidered tea towel from my grandma. Whether it was crochet, sewing, embroidery, or Holiday decorations-she was amazing. I have several tea towels to choose from. Some are a little damaged from wear and tear. But to me that’s part of the ambiance of this project.
Carefully placing the tea towel in the hoop, I pulled and tugged to make the towel taut. To remove the creases I used a hot steam iron.
Using sharp fabric scissors, the towel was trimmed down as close to the embroidery hoop as possible.
To attach the hoop the the shadow box, I used hot glue around the edge, as seen in the picture above.
The hoop is in the center of the shadow box, but this isn’t necessary. YOU do what YOU like. Whether it’s in the bottom left corner or top right-it doesn’t matter. It is YOUR creation.
Oh my goodness! It came out as nice as it was in my imagination. Such a beautiful memento of my grandma’s handy work as well as a conversation piece and a family keepsake. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR own shadow box craft.
Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the links from the Thrifty Style Team. Have fun and enjoy the inspiration!
Make it a great day, my friends.
Redhead Can Decorate – Lily of the Valley Green Ball Jar Centerpiece
The Painted Hinge – How to Repurpose a Cabinet Door to Add More Depth and Interest to Framed Art
DIY Beautify – How to Upcycle a Berry Wreath
2 Bees In A Pod – Decoupage Vase with Napkins – Dollar Tree Project
The How To Home – DIY Hurricane Candle
Sweet Pea – How to Make Citronella Candles
What Meegan Makes – Vintage Embroidery Hoop Shadow Box
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – 5 Ways to Display Free Printables
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Upcycled Old Garden Fencing Cloche How To
White Arrows Home – Vintage Brooch Magnets
Our Crafty Mom – Round Side Table Makeover With Napkins
Chas’ Crazy Creations – DIY Candle Holders
Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Cottage Garden Tower
Vin’yet Etc – DIY Plant Stands From Vintage Stools
Cindy LONG says
Oh it’s so pretty Meegan, I just love the vintage embroidered butterflies you used! Perfect for vintage summer decor!
I love this project, Meegan!! It is so special because you were able to use your grandma’s needlework. You’ve inspired me to do something similar with some of my vintage inherited embroidered pieces.
Chas Greener says
I love how this turned out, such a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Wonderful hopping with you and I hope you have a great weekend.
Laurie @ Vinyet Etc says
What a sweet keepsake, I adore how you are featuring your Grandma’s handkerchief, that is just so special! xo
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says
This is so pretty! What a great way to preserve these sweet little works of art. So happy to be part of this super fun blog hop with you!
Jennifer Howard says
Oh, this is super sweet!! I love the cottagey vibe…it also reminded me I need to order a show box for an upcoming project (so thanks for that too!!)
Lora Bloomquist says
I’ve got so many vintage linens, and this is a great idea to showcase some of them! Thanks for the idea:)
Anita holland says
What a cute idea. The addition of the shadow box just finishes off the look.
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says
Meegan – this turned out beautifully! What a great way to showcase your grandmother’s gorgeous needlework.
This is such a beautiful idea! I gave Daphne handkerchiefs my mom gave me years ago, I want them back now, lol.
Absolutely beautiful, Meegan! xoxo
Michelle Leslie says
I can’t get over how exquisite your grandma’s embroidery is. Absolutely beautiful Meegan, and what a lovely way to show them off.
Nancy Sargent says
OMG! I love this idea! What a great way to display a special treasure like your grandmother’s embroidery! It’s perfect!
Mary Beth says
This turned out beautifully, Meegan! I love the unique twist you gave to your shadow box.
Kristin | White Arrows Home says
This is such a sweet, pretty idea. I hadn’t ever thought to display pretty hankies in embroidery hoops! I love it!
This turned out lovely ! Such a great idea for a gift