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Easy spring update-DIY succulent shadow boxes

I am so excited that spring is right around the corner. As a part of the Michaels makers challenge this month we were given the task of giving our home a fresh new look this spring by swapping out a few pieces. I decided to make these fun DIY succulent shadow boxes for a skinny space on a wall in my living room.

I like how this corner is organically shaping up. Last week I made the bird and feather clay wall hanging and I’ve gotten so many complements on it!

Plants can add a nice touch of natural color to a space

Previously, I had these small DIY hardware store mirrors that I made for the design house last year.

At Michaels I found these fun, plain wood shadow boxes and faux succulents in the Make market and Floral Market .

DIY succulent shadow boxes

To fancy them up,I painted the outside of the boxes in a watered down navy blue craft paint,

and the decoupaged paper onto the inside. I felt like they needed a bit of shine so I added gold leafing to the front, outer edge of the box. I also added a bit of gold leafing to the pots at random spots as well.

DIY gold leaf flower pots

If you’ve never worked with leafing before,you can see how to gold leaf here.

Once they were done, They were ready to hang! I used the nails that were already there, so hanging was easy.

Make these DIY succulent shadow boxes with gold leaf

I decided to mix up the sizes a bit to make them a little more interesting.

Gold leaf succulent shadow box

I love how the gold leafing looks against the decoupaged paper. It’s kind of retro modern. The decoupage paper if from Martha Stewart.

If you’ve never decoupaged you can see the tutorial here.

Make these DIY boho decor inspired succulent shadow boxes

In the largest box, I wanted a bit of a height difference, so I added a birch round.

two tone DIY shadow display boxes

I like the pop of navy color on the outside on the DIY succulent shadow boxes in contrast to the inside.

It looks nice against the white paint on the lower part of the wall.

Make these DIY succulent shadow display boxes

They fit perfectly in the skinny spot on my wall. 🙂

Fun DIY succulent shadow boxes


  • Michaels new Floral Market has over 500 new blooms and freshly picked projects make this the prettiest spring ever!
  • Just by swapping out a few décor pieces or adding a lovely floral arrangement can completely transform your home for the fresh, new season.
  • If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!
Also don’t forget you can also win a trip to the Michaels makers summit!
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