DIY Wood Nichos

 

DIY Wood Nichos! #craftychica #nichos #mexistyle

Last month I spent a week in beautiful San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. I shopped like nobody’s business! I purchased a lot of small wood and tin nichos – shadow boxes. I was so inspired I came up with a DIY Wood Nichos method to make more at home! The key ingredient? Yard sticks! I bought mine at Lowe’s they are cheap and plentiful and you can make a LOT of boxes with just a few. Come to find out, I also had several yardsticks at home, so yup, I made a lot of boxes!

One thing about crafts in Mexico, there is a LOT of recycling! Making use of anything and everything to make beautiful art.

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Supplies:

2-4 wood yard sticks

Wood glue

Saw

Craft paint

Watercolor paper

Brushes

To make them, start off by marking off each section on the yardstick that you want to cut. I used a small electric saw to cut up the pieces. For the backs of the boxes, you can use more sticks or boxes that you already have. Great way to recycle!

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Glue the pieces to the fronts of boxes, or you can use the cut up pieces to make the boxes if you want. Whatever works! Be creative and resourceful!

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To get the designs for the tops of the nichos, like the ones in Mexico, I cut out shapes from watercolor paper. You can use thicker cardboard if you want.

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Next – paint everything! First base coat the boxes and the watercolor paper separately. Let dry. Then use craft glue to attach the designs. I used a liner brush to add accents.

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Here’s the fun part – finding items to showcase inside! Look for small objects, pictures, jewelry pieces, or even ornaments!

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Attach a saw tooth picture hanger if you want to display them on the wall.

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Love & light,


2 Responses

  1. These are great! I have pieces of yardsticks left over from other projects. I could use them for this!

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