This snow globe shadow box makes an awesome thoughtful gift this Christmas! It’s easy to make and totally customizable too.
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Materials for Snow Globe Shadow Box
9×9 White Shadow Box (I got mine from Michael’s)
Red Heavy Cardstock
Sheet of Striped Red Paper
Decorative Christmas Paper (can be scrap)
4×6 Photo of Choice
Paper Ornament Embellishment (roughly the same size as your letters)
Fake Foam Snow (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
First, remove the packaging from your shadow box and remove the backing. Also take the pins and label off of your backing.
Next, use you backing as a guide and trace around it with your pencil on the red heavy cardstock. It’s hard to see them in the photo but the arrows are pointing to the pencil lines.
Then cut along your pencil lines so that you have a 9×9 piece of paper. Measure it by placing it in your shadow box to be sure it fits before moving on.
Next, mat your photo by adhering it to the corner of your striped red paper. Then cut out around it leaving a small section of paper on all sides.
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After your photo is matted, set it aside and glue your paper ornament to a chipboard “O” letter.
Then line up the chipboard letters to spell “LOVE” on the left side of your red cardstock with your ornament as the “O”. When you are happy with their placement, adhere them to the cardstock with your glue runner.
Next, trim a piece of decorative paper to the height of your matted photo. It doesn’t need to be as wide as your matted photo. It only needs to be wide enough that you can attach it to the matted photo with the decorative part hanging over.
Now attach the decorative paper to the right side of your matted photo with your glue runner. Make sure that it hangs over so that the decorative part is showing
I chose to trim mine with scissors to the shape of the holly. This is totally optional and won’t work with all decorative designs.
After your paper is attached to your matted photo, glue it to the center of your red cardstock, to the right of your chipboard letters.
Lastly, add 2-3 snowflake embellishments to your page.
Next, add some of your fake snow to your shadow box. I put in 4 small handfuls.
Now put your decorated red cardstock face down into your shadow box. Then return the backing and re-secure it with the hook hanger at the top.
Tips and Tricks
If you have trouble getting your cardstock back out of the shadow box, use a utility knife to slide between the wood and the paper. Then very carefully lift out the corner until you can grab it.
Go light with your fake snow. The first time I just dumped the whole package in because it didn’t look like much. When I put the shadowbox back together, the snow took up half of the shadow box.
Also, make sure that you check your snow level before securing the back. Those little tabby things are a pain in the butt to continually lift up.
I absolutely love how this snow globe shadow box looks! It makes a great handmade gift idea that you can personalize for everyone on your list this year.
Don’t forget to check out 100+ DIY Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List for even more awesome handmade gift ideas. Before you do, scroll below to see the handmade Christmas gifts my friends are sharing!
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