Craft – A Year of Seasonal Shadowboxes

This year I did a craft post on a trio of Valentine’s Day themed shadowboxes; if you are interested please click on the link for more information regarding a supply list and complete instructions.  So, inspired by that craft project, it gave me the idea to create a series of shadowboxes for the various holidays throughout the year.  For uniformity, I used the same black shadowbox and change the items for each example.  In this way I created a decorative shadowbox that can be used for a variety of different holidays that can be placed on a desk at work or home and on a bookshelf or side table in the living room or on the kitchen counter.

Basic supply list for a holiday shadow box

  • Shadowbox
  • Season or holiday item(s)
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper for the season or specific holiday
  • Optional item – select one of the following: self-stick black letters, cardboard letters

Basic instructions for a holiday shadow box

  1. Disassemble the shadowbox, remove the backing.
  2. Using the cardboard backing, trace the size onto the scrapbook paper and cut.
  3. Attach the seasonal or holiday item(s) to the scrapbook paper using hot glue, allow time to dry completely.
  4. Reassemble the shadowbox.
  5. (Option) Using the self-stick letters, spell out an appropriate message and attach letter to the glass front.

Listed below are the various seasons and the different shadowboxes for the holidays:

Valentine’s Day

Shown below for Valentine’s Day are two different shadowboxes; in version #1 (on the left) I used a white sparkle scrapbook paper, a red sequin heart and black self-stick letters that spell out “You Captured My Heart” attached to the front of the glass of the shadowbox. In version #2 (on the right) I used a wooden item that spelled “Love” which I painted red and black with self-stick black sequin and a coordinating scrapbook paper.

Valentine Day  Love

St. Patrick’s Day

Shown below for St. Patrick’s Day, I used a green sequin shamrock, white sparkle scrapbook paper and black self-stick black letters that spell out “Luck of the Irish” attached to the front of the glass of the shadowbox.

Luck of the Irish

Easter

Shown below for Easter, I used a scrapbook item that said “Hoppy Easter”, white sparkle scrapbook paper and several small sparkle eggs.  The eggs are loose, so for added interest, if the shadowbox is shaken the eggs would move much like a snow globe does.

Hoppy Easter

Fourth of July or other patriotic holiday

Shown below for Fourth of July, I used red, white and blue striped scrapbook paper, a magnet that I painted in red with a white border and scrapbook items that spell out “God Bless America”.     

Fourth of July 1  

Halloween

Shown below for Halloween are two different shadowboxes; in version #1(on the left) I used black/white stripe scrapbook paper, a painted wood piece that says “Keep Calm and Eat Candy”.  The resin candy corns are loose and, much like a snow globe, when shaken the candy will move.  In version #2, I used the same black and white scrapbook paper and I found another scrapbook item that are plastic bones that spell out “Happy Halloween”.   

Keep Calm and Eat Candy  Happy Halloween

Thanksgiving / Autumn

Shown below for Thanksgiving or the Autumn season are two different shadowboxes; in version #1 (on the left) I used a wooden scarecrow and festive scrapbook paper with autumn leaves.  In version #2 (on the right), I used a wooden pumpkin, scrapbook paper with more pumpkins and black self-stick black letters that spell out “Happy Autumn” attached to the front of the glass of the shadowbox.

Happy Fall  Happy Autumn

Christmas

Shown below for Christmas are two different shadowboxes; in version #1 I used red scrapbook paper that says “Merry Christmas” and a wooden piece that says “Keep Calm and Be Merry”.  In version #2, I used white sparkle scrapbook paper, a silver piece that says “Jingle” and several loose silver jingle bells for added interest so that if the shadowbox is shaken the bells would move much like a snow globe does.

Keep Calm and Be Merry  Jingle

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