I thought - awesome! A big shadowbox for under $8? Sold.
So up to the counter I went (didn't find anything else) and the girl rang it up and told me the total was $2.81. I was confused, and suddenly feeling stupid for having to pay with a debit card, so I asked if she was sure. Yup, that was $2.49, not $7.49. Amazing!
So here I was with a shadowbox and wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Here's the whole thing - the only problem with it was that there wasn't any kind of nice background to it, just the back of the frame. Easily fixed.
Now a long, long time ago, a cousin of mine gave me a six pack of Hawkins Amber Cider as a gift. And I dragged that six pack around through move after move after move. The plan was always that one day I could have it sitting at the bar that I would no doubt have in my house. But after a few years it just started to be used a door stopper. So I decided it was time to finally part with the cider itself, keeping the empty bottles on a shelf for my future bar. Then I thought that I could throw together something kind of cool with the bottle caps and part of the case.
I went with my usual method of taping the shit out of some wrapping paper to make a nice backdrop, then just taped the part of the case to the middle-ish. Of course I also used my usual method of just eyeballing everything instead of actually measuring or making sure that anything was level. It adds charm.
For the bottle caps I used hot glue to stick pieces of cardboard to the back until I could glue the cap to the background. Seemed to work for now - we'll see if they start dropping off eventually!
Nothing super fancy, and definitely a cheap project. I never got to have anything with my name on it when I was a kid because of the unusual spelling of my first name, so it's nice to have something with my last name on it!