Holiday Shadowbox

Christmas Shadowbox (2)

One of my favorite things to do as soon as Halloween is over is to go to any store even partially related to home decor and scope out their Christmas decorations. I snap iphone pics of things that I really like or want to figure out how to reverse engineer, and then I go off on a creative journey and wind up someplace completely different. Very very rarely do these projects end up looking at all like what inspired it. Except for this time. This time I full on knocked off an expensive Pottery Barn ornament. I took one look at it in the store and immediately knew I could make it, and for cheaper. Which is one of my favorite reasons to craft – sticking it to the corporate man.

 

Step 1

You’ll need to start with a base for your shadowbox. A shoebox lid would work well, in fact most box lids would work well, but I loved these thin mailer boxes I found at JoAnn’s. They were in the card section and by using these I got two ornaments out of every box.

 

Step 2

While the help of a kitty is optional, I find they really add a lot to the creative process. Mostly through cat hair winding up in the paint. Paint the back of your boxes black and use an iridescent fabric or dimensional paint to draw a neat line where your paint meets the paper of the box.

 

Step 3

Add a message to your shadowbox. You can use a vinyl cut out, a stamp, stickers, anything your little heart desires, but I just used a paint pen and my own two hands. I found a font I liked on the computer, printed it out, and then copied it. I managed this even though I really don’t draw. It’s just a a matter of breaking down the shape of the letters step by step. I also added a couple of straight lines and some dots along the top and bottom. It’s pretty and polished, but also keeps your letters from veering off course as you write them.

 

Step 4

Along the bottom edge of your shadow box, use some hot glue to add some snow made out of stuffing. Be careful not to burn your fingers, though, because the glue will seep up through the stuffing. And you really don’t want blistered fingers when you’re trying to wrap Christmas presents.

 

Step 5

Add a couple of bottle brush trees to the corner with a little more hot glue.

 

Step 6

Add then add a ribbon hanger and a bow to the top with a little more hot glue after that.

 

Christmas Shadowbox

The only challenging part of this whole project was the lettering, and if you use a stamp or stickers you could crank these out like you worked in a factory. With the chalkboard look of the black paint and the white letters this would be an excellent present for teachers, and unless you tell them otherwise they’ll think you dropped some coin at the fancy mall stores. Personally, I can never resist bragging about getting one over on capitalism.

 

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