Often times, people don't know that small objects can be framed just as easily as a painting or picture. We use something called a "spacer" inside of a shadow box frame to adjust how much room sits between the piece of glass and the back mat. This allows us to frame awesome three-dimensional objects of all kinds - as long as the depth of the frame is wider than the pieces going inside of it. 

Here's a pretty cool example of what we're talking about. A few weeks ago, a client brought in these AMAZING Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, that she wanted shadowboxed. We couldn't be more in love. 

Once we figured out how wide the frame needed to be to be able to fully encase these cuties, we started looking at a few options. We both agreed on a thick, brushed gold frame with a black frame doubled on the inside. This is called "capping" - the outer frame acts as a "cap" to the smaller inside frame. This allows for more customization with frame options. 

 We measured where each doll should sit and attached them to a small strip that sat inside the spacer inside the frame. We use silicone to make sure that they stay put.  Silicone won't damage the object like regular glues would. 

We closed up the back and this beauty was ready to be awed over! 

 What do you guys think? We're obsessed. This was such a fun and unique project. Sometimes it's hard to let these beauties go - but we know the customer will love it just as much as we do! 

 Then it was time for one of my favorite parts - the reveal. 

Have any three dimensional objects that you think would be pretty awesome inside of a shadow box? Come by and talk it out with us. We'll make it happen. 

Custom Valentine's Day Gifts for Under $50

 Here's an example (and a price breakdown) below of something we've got up our sleeve. A fuzzy heart AND you and your partner's initials? Come on, what's cuter than that?

It doesn't stop there. Below are a few more samples of things you could do for that someone you love. How about framing the key to your first home together? Or a winky heart that perfectly captures how you feel about them? At Foursided, we've got a plethora of fun Valentine's cards, dishes, keychains, and pins for you to find that perfect embellishment. The ideas are endless - and we can help you bring them to life. 

So, what are you waiting for?

States in Love: The Ultimate Valentines Gift

Have you ever been inside one of our stores and seen this sign and thought to yourself, "I wonder what that is?" Our States in Love is the perfect way to say "I love you," the sweetest way to say "I miss you," and the most memorable way to say "look how far we've come."

But States in Love aren't just for lovers. They're for families, friends, and an easy way to highlight someone's path of life. Each piece is custom made with however many states you choose, hearts or no hearts, and a dotted line starting and ending just where you want them to.

Curious about how they're made? We caught up with one of our best States in Love artists, Melanie, to show us how it's done. The love that she puts into each custom piece is infectious. 

The first step is to get a good feel for the composition of the piece, or where each state is going to live inside the frame. This particular customer wanted Minnesota on the left side and Illinois on the right. 

Once the pieces are in their right place, they're floated about a quarter of an inch off the mat. How, you ask? Well, I can't tell you that. That's a Foursided secret that we're not quite ready to share. Let's just say that each piece looks as if its actually floating. 

And then she gets to work on one of the most intricate parts of the piece: the dotted line. This is where each specific artist gets to make the piece entirely personal for you. After all, no two States in Love are ever the same. You're holding something that was made entirely for you and the person on the other side of that long dotted line. Once everything is dry, it all goes into a beautiful white frame and is ready to be gifted. 

There's something about seeing these behind a piece of glass that really brings about a wide range of emotions. Behind that frame, we see that lover, that friend, or that family member suddenly feel much closer - not only geographically, but in our hearts.