DIY Christmas Ornament Shadowbox Tutorial

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DIY Christmas Ornament Shadowbox Tutorial

Last year we got a steal of a deal on one of those fireplace heaters for our kitchen. We use it daily in the winter as a heater and even when it’s not cold enough to use the heat, I like to turn just the flames on because they’re pretty!  I shopped some of the great Black Friday week sales on home decor and grabbed garland and fairy lights.  I bought a 7 pack of flameless candles.  I arranged everything on the mantel and it looked great, but there was just something missing.  I had a project in mind that I thought might complete the look.  Thanks to a delightful afternoon-long Landon nap, I was able to get in some craft time!

DIY Christmas Ornament Shadowbox Tutorial

Here’s what you’ll need to make a similar shadowbox:

:: A fairly deep shadowbox (ours is a 9×9 inch box from IKEA)

:: ornaments (we used mini ornaments)

:: background for picture frame (we used a piece of glitter heat transfer vinyl.  Other ideas include scrapbook paper, fabric or tissue/wrapping paper)

:: words cut out of vinyl (I cut oracal 651 vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo)


How to make:

  1. Cover the shadowbox insert with whatever background material you decided to use.  I used gold glitter heat transfer vinyl.  I didn’t really want to waste my pricey HTV but it was SO sparkly and the color was perfect, so it made it a little easier to sacrifice.
  2. Fill the box with however many ornaments you’d like.
  3. Place insert on the back of the shadowbox.
  4. Wipe down the glass front with rubbing alcohol and then affix your vinyl.
  5. I tipped my shadowbox back and forth until the ornaments were sitting how I wanted them.
  6. Place on shelf or wall and admire the simple beauty!




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