Holiday Mantel Ornament Art
This project was inspired by those overly large ornaments that hang in department stores and various other places. I wanted to create something ornament shaped and large, so I let some half-formed ideas rattle around in my brain for a while and this is what came out.
First, cut two squares of 1/4 in plywood to measure 16x16”. They will be the front and back of the shadow box.
Cut some scrap wood strips to measure 14.5” in length.
They will be glued to the other square of plywood to create the back wall of the piece.
Next, glue the pieces onto the plywood backing, using heavy objects to clamp the wood strips down.
Leave 3/4 in of space all the way around so the frame can be “sandwiched” between the front and back pieces of plywood.
Front panel cut out:
I used a table saw to ensure a perfectly straight line for the ornament “string”.
For added effect, install some battery operated Christmas lights to the back of the front panel.
(I used painter’s tape because it’s easy to remove.)
…and there you have it! A unique holiday mantel display for the love of overly-large ornaments.
Thanks for reading!
*This tutorial was sponsored by RYOBI Power Tools. All opinions are my own and they are real, made so by my own real life experience. Thank you. :)
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scrap wood strips
1"x4" pine board
1/4 in. plywood