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