Christmas Snow Globe Shadow Box

Please don’t get mad at me for posting a Christmas project before Thanksgiving. When my friend Lori gave me this frame a couple of months ago, I immediately thought of doing a Christmas project of some kind with it. So, I have exercised great restraint by waiting this long to create a fun Christmas snow globe shadow box. Winking smile


Noel Shadow Box poinsettia graphic-


Here is what I started with: a shadow box frame and mat with five openings. You can’t see it very well, but the glass is frosted to also frame the five openings in the mat.


5 Hole Shadow Box-


I went in search of a music background and The Graphics Fairy came to the rescue, of course. This Christmas sheet music, Le Noel du Povret, is perfect! I resized it in Publisher to fit a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and printed it out on a piece of cardstock.

I sized “Noel” letters to fit each opening. For the fifth box, I used a poinsettia graphic. I printed them out on the previously printed sheet music and cut them out.  I had to print in two steps because the poinsettia graphic has a white box around it, which would have been visible if I had simply layered it over the sheet music graphic before printing.


Graphics for Noel Shadow Box-


Now for the fun part. I moved around small silver ornaments inside the shadow box until I liked the arrangement, then hot glued them into place. TIP: In order to make it easier to remove the mat numerous times while arranging, make a tab with tape and stick it on the back of the mat.


Christmas Ornaments in Noel Snow Globe Shadow Box-


Once the glue was set, I poured about half a cup of epsom salts in the shadow box.


Epsom Salts Snow Globe Shadow Box-


After replacing the mat, I hot glued around the outer edges of the mat so that the “snow” wouldn’t leak out. Add the backing and it’s finished!

Static electricity causes some of the snow to cling to the glass. I likey. Smile


N Graphics for Noel Shadow Box-


Hard to get a good shot of the snow. I’m wishing I had added a bit more epsom salts, but I was too quick to seal it up with hot glue- oh, well.


Snow Globe Shadow Box graphics-


It’s fun to roll the shadow box around to get little mounds of snow. This shadow box has a shelf on top- a great place to arrange more Christmas décor.


Christmas Snow Globe Shadow Box-


Thank you, Lori, for passing along the frame to make my Christmas Snow Globe Shadow Box. Richard looked confused when I called it a snow globe since there is no liquid inside. It isn’t even globe shaped. Picky, picky.

Continuing in the Christmas spirit, I bought a new downsized Christmas tree today, but will be returning it tomorrow. Ugh! I am now convinced the displays are not the same trees! Have you started any Christmas projects yet?




  1. Very Innovative–love it!

  2. I agree with Marsha- very clever! The graphics are perfect! I love the idea of gluing the ornaments in place. This makes a pretty Christmas vignette!
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  3. Very pretty, Sheila! I love it! Such a great project to do with this frame. Are you keeping this? : )
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  4. Kathy Phillips says:

    Love it! You are so creative. and it is not too early! I have already started my Christmas decorating!

  5. Very well done and quite clever. This truly is thinking outside the box, or in this instance, outside the frame. It makes me smile:)

  6. Hi, Shelia! I spent all day today decorating someone else’s home for Christmas! Makes me want to get started on my own but it probably won’t happen until after Thanksgiving. I’m ready though. :) Your snow-globe shadow box is so very pretty! What a great idea!
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  7. Lynn Justus says:

    Love it sis. As always you rock.

  8. Wow, how clever! Epson salts eh? I have to try and do something similar… sky is the limit really, you could so do that with a special older family photo too! Thanks for sharing! xo
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  9. Hot gluing down those ornaments, what a good idea! This is really classic, creative and so pretty! I’m not doing too much decorating this year, but this would be one I’d like to make if I were. Pinning for next year and sharing ~ Amy
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  10. It’s a beautiful and fun looking shadow box. I love the prints you used.
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  11. well I love yopur snow globe and I have something similar with only three windows, I love the idea of a snow globe :)
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