Make a holiday shadow box using vinyl decals and thrift store miniatures. This is a sponsored post.

christmas shadow box tutorial

I adore miniatures. I’ve used them in several projects and I’m always looking for excuses to buy more so I can make stuff with them! I like to buy holiday grab bags with small items in them at Goodwill San Antonio, and that’s how I found the small Christmas items used here. Use thrift store frames and shadow boxes to make holiday shadow boxes for decorating your home.

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I used my favorite Styletech Craft products, Luster, to decorate the glass. This vinyl has a fantastic shine to it. (You can see another project I made with Luster here.) I used some design files I had in Silhoutte Studio to quickly design and cut the text for this project.

Supplies Used to Make a Holiday Box:

  • Thrifted Frames and shadow boxes
  • Paint
  • StyleTechCraft Vinyl
  • Cutting Machine
  • Miniatures
  • Patterned paper
  • Glue Gun

Take the frames and shadow boxes apart, and clean the glass well.

Paint the frame if needed.

Cut the design from the vinyl, then weed it.

Use clear transfer tape to place the text design on the glass. Align the text as desired. Smooth out the design and remove the transfer tape.

The frames look cute as is with just the text, but since they are shadow boxes we can have fun embellishing them more. Create little vignettes behind the glass by gluing miniatures onto the inside of the frame or onto the paper backing.

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I chose colorful patterned paper that went with the text I had cut from the vinyl. I traced and cut the paper so it would fit into the back of the shadow box. Then I chose a variety of miniatures to add to the shadow box. Just a dot of hot glue holds them in place so I can put the back in place.

Christmas holiday shadow box tutorial

Aren’t they sweet? You can make a holiday shadow box for any occasion. Have fun crafting and creating with vinyl and thrift store finds!

Trim the vellum around the vinyl to make the lampshade. Tape the edges of the vellum lampshade together using bits of the clear transfer tape. The transfer tape is so sheer you can’t even see it! Pop the groovy lampshades on the glasses and drop a battery operated tea light inside. When it's time to toast the new year guests can just remove the lampshades and lights.

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