Here it is! The last big holiday craft of the year! And, it’s part of a giant blog-hop hosted by CountryLiving.com and Hometalk.com (so don’t forget to take a peek at the bottom of this post to see all the amazing projects for the season) … I say the last ‘big’ one because… Christmas isn’t over until it’s over. It’s only three weeks away, but, I haven’t even touched my gift wrap yet! *wink* This time I tried a little something new, and created a DIY Holiday Shadow box, complete with bottle brush trees, miniature (and completely adorable) Santa, snowflakes… the whole nine. But the best part? Most of these are dollar store items, so once you find a frame you like, the investment stays pretty small. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
First as always, supplies…
- Shadow Box Frame
- Bottle Brush Trees
- Santa, snowflakes and other Dollar Store Christmas Decor
- Faux Snow (I actually used a $1 cotton sparkly tree skirt, from the Dollar Store)
- Styrofoam & Serrated Knife
- Hot Glue & Gun
- Glass Paint
The main part of this project is going to go pretty quick. I glued directly onto my Shadow Box backing. A few blocks of styrofoam are hot-glued in place to hold the pretty stuff, coming up. I draped my faux snow (aka my $1 tree skirt) over the styrofoam. and glued it all into place.
Next I prepped my adorable Santa Claus. I painted a couple popsicle sticks a festive red and glued them onto his little feet — he now has the most perfect little skis. Cute factor is rising! Then i inserted a toothpick into his foot mechanism and hot-glued it into place, now he’s ready to get stuck into my styrofoam supports.
Same goes for the bottle-brush trees, everything gets hot-glued into place.
Add a few inexpensive (but adorable details), like snowballs, snowflakes, and whatever else you choose — and you’re ready to go.
I set my little guy up for a snowball fight. ;)
Next, I found a font and phrase I liked — in my case, “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, and printed it out onto paper, to trace out with glass paint. Tape it to the inside of your glass, facing out, and you’ve got the perfect map to outline your pretty scripted phrase.
Wait for everything to dry, and then pop your Shadow Box back together. In no time you’ve got some modern, 3D, festive fun. This project is perfect for hanging anywhere or standing up on mantels and buffets. So versatile.
I had trouble deciding where I liked it the most. Against the brick, on our mantel is fun…
If you liked this post, you might also like my “DIY Holiday Pallet Sign” post, here, or click the image below.
This project is part of a giant blog-hop, hoping to get your festive, holiday juices flowing. There is tons of inspiration to spare, i hope you’ll hop around a bit and check out all of these amazing DIY crafts and projects! —>