To continue with my Halloween themed Glowforge creations, here’s a shadowbox I finished today. The idea was inspired by a similar shadowbox being sold on Etsy for $200. This one cost maybe $5 to make, took a couple of hours, and was a whole lot of fun. My only regret is not doing the zombie layer a more visible color. I’m not great at making frames so I decided to make little spider webs to cover the corners of my frame, now you can’t tell that they’re not perfect 🙂
The idea for this came from other Halloween signs I found on Pinterest. For mine, I used a 12” x 36” pine panel to attach all of the pieces to. I cut out all of the letters and shapes out of wood with my laser cutter. If you don’t have a laser, these shapes can be cut out of vinyl with a Cricut or Silhouette machine, another option is to hand paint the shapes. I used the mighthype font for the word happy, and hiragino kaku gothic font for halloween. The spider web and the bats I found doing a google image search.
I acquired a small batch of old fence wood that I ended up using to make some slotted necklace displays. Each one was beautiful and unique. On the initial displays I used a table saw to cut the slots. I eventually moved to using a CNC because of efficiency and precision.
Initially I wanted to replace the fixture entirely but that proved to be too expensive to purchase, and too difficult to replace by myself. The next idea I had was to create a box to cover the ugly fixture (like a tissue box cover) and replace the bulbs with Edison bulbs. Here are before and after photos. On a 1-10 scale of difficulty, I would say it is around a 2 or 3. I used 1/4 inch poplar wood from Home Depot, used a circular saw to cut the pieces to size, and a 1.5” drill bit for the holes. A little glue to assemble and wood stain for the final look.