Recently, all the stars aligned in our schedules to afford us a few days off after some major work/market benders so we snuck off to The Adirondack's for some peace and quiet. Aside from lots of beautiful country drives, gorgeous fall foliage, reading in bed for hours, and cozy camp cooking, the trip also allowed us to work on a project we've been meaning to get to for awhile--specimen boxes!
What started out as an idea for a gift--to make a specimen box for Emily's mom to remind her of the cabin--became a visual obsession. We started collecting tons of "specimens"--leaves, pinecones, rocks, flowers, bark etc--in little containers and soon we had more than enough for a couple of boxes. We also took a few polaroids to remind us of the trip and show off in the boxes but you can customize yours however you'd like with ticket stubs, maps, notes, etc.
In assembling the boxes, we had the opportunity to try a new product called Glu6--a non-toxic glue made from recycled styrofoam. When approached by the nice folks at Nine Lives Products, we were inspired by their mission to reduce styrofoam in landfills--who knew it made up 30 percent of waste?--and thought we'd give the glue a shot! For this project, we tried their craft paste and we're very impressed by how sticky it was, weighting down even our heaviest objects. Great product + great mission= happy crafting. In addition, the people at Nine Lives Products were nice enough to offer all our readers 25% off of their order just by using the code FALL2013. The code is good until October 31st so be sure to place your order soon and support this great cause. Read below for the tutorial.
You Will Need:
- Shadow box (we got ours at Target on the cheap!)
- Collected "specimens" from nature
- Some sort of heavy duty craft glue, such as Glu6
1.) Open your shadow box and arrange your specimens as desired on the matte board.
2.) Once you have styled the box as you like it, begin to carefully glue down each piece, pressing down and holding in place firmly for a few seconds to ensure a lasting hold.
3.) Let your specimens dry a few hours then reassemble your box.
Emily + Erick