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Make personalized shadowboxes for Father’s Day

father's day shadow boxes

Creating the perfect gift can be hard and intimidating, especially when it comes to Father’s Day. As the years have passed, getting gifts for my dad has become easier — but now that my husband is a new father, I really wanted to put extra thought into a memorable gift. He has every gadget and tech toy you could imagine, so I know he’d prefer something meaningful. He also just moved into a new office and has been hinting that he needs to fill the walls. I decided to create a trio of shadowbox frames.

Friends have created similar gifts and used their dads’ professions or favorite sports teams as themes. Think about incorporating mementos, 3D cutouts, photos and even things that he can pull off and use. As for my husband, I know he loves me, his daughter, golf and beer, so I decided to concentrate on those three themes. Here’s a look at how I created each one.

Super dad and husband shadow box

fathers day shadow box supplies


  • 8-by-8-inch shadowbox frame
  • Card stock
  • Decorative cutout (optional)
  • Photos
  • Scrabble pieces
  • Hot-glue gun and glue

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1. Glue the card stock and decorative cutout to the back of the box.

Father's Day Shadow Boxes stencil

2. Place and glue photos. 

Father's Day Shadow Box photos

3. Glue the Scrabble letters on the top and bottom of the box frame. 

Father's Day Shadow Box etching

Father's Day Shadow Boxe finished

Beer guy shadowbox


  • 8-by-8-inch shadowbox frame
  • Silver bottle tops
  • Metal-stamping tools
  • Beer opener
  • Card stock
  • Beer can card
  • Decorative coaster
  • Photo
  • Hot-glue gun and glue
  • Scrabble pieces

Father's Day Shadow Box beer supplies


1. Use the metal-stamping tools to stamp a personalized message on the bottle opener. 

Father's Day Shadow Box opener

2. Glue the photo to the inside of the card and write a message.

Father's Day Shadow Boxes message

3. Glue the bottle caps to the back of the shadowbox. 

Father's Day Shadow Boxes beer bottles

4. Glue the coaster to the bottom left corner.

Father's Day Shadow Boxes coaster

5. Clip the bottle opener and the colored cardstock to the built-in string.

Father's Day Shadow Box opener and coaster

6. Clip the card to the string.

Father's Day Shadow Boxes coozie

7. Glue the Scrabble letters to the top of the frame. 

Father's Day Shadow Boxes beer guy

Golf dude shadowbox


  • 8-by-8-inch shadowbox frame
  • 8-by-8-inch plaid fabric
  • Leather pouch filled with golf tees
  • Velcro
  • Small square of faux grass
  • Golf-themed buttons
  • Scrabble letters
  • Hot-glue gun and glue

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Father's Day Shadow Boxes golf supplies


1. Glue the fabric to the back of the shadowbox.  

Father's Day Shadow Boxes golf glue

2. Add Velcro to the back of the leather pouch and the grass square. (Dad can remove the pouch to take along when he goes golfing.)  

3. Velcro the pouch and grass patch together, and clip to the string. 

Father's Day Shadow Boxes golf pouch

4. Position and glue the Scrabble letters.

5. Glue additional golf buttons around the frame.

Father's Day Shadow Boxes golf dude

Whether you make and display all three shadowboxes or make one that fits your special guy, you can hang these on a wall or display them on a table. 

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