Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ornament Shadowbox

Wow! Where has the time gone? Between being sick and computer issues, it's been awhile since I was able to post. Hard to believe that Christmas is in less than 3 weeks. I have to get going on a ton of projects!

I'm making ornament filled shadowboxes for my family. I'm the oldest of 9, so you can imagine how many of us there are now. I always make a handmade gift for my siblings and my married nieces and nephews with families of their own. The little ones still get presents. (Can't help it - I still spoil them!)

Don't tell any of them, but this is what I'm making this year. (Good thing none of them read my blog.)

I was perusing Pinterest for ideas and found this by Dawn Montagano and several by others. Dawn graciously sent me the link with directions on how she made her beautiful shadowbox. I've switched up a few things to make it my own, but the basics are the same. Clink  here for her Facebook page.
Thanks, Dawn!

These are easy and quick to make. Obviously, the choice I needed this year now that we're getting down to the wire. I purchased the 6x6 frames and the ornaments from Michaels. Both were on sale for 40% off plus I used a 20% off total purchase coupon. The rest of the supplies are from my stash. 

After taking the back off the shadowbox, I adhered scrapbook paper to the frame backing. I didn't want the ornaments to roll around, so I hot glued them in place. I'm going to try one with jingle bells and I'll leave those loose. Who can resist shaking jingle bells?

I used Winnie & Walter's new  The Big, the Bold and the Merry Cutaways dies to die cut Merry Christmas from gold paper I found in my stash. I ran the die cuts through my Xyron and adhered them to the glass. Then I only needed to replace the frame backing and add a bow made from some wired ribbon. (Yes, I have a rather extensive stash of that, too. Sigh.)

I hope they all like their gifts this year, Also, they're all be getting new monthly calendar inserts for the calendars I made them last year. Just no time for new calendars this year. Maybe I'll start in January for next year - with a brand new Graphic 45 collection I just had to buy the moment it came in at Creativ You & Co, my local LSS, last week. (I can at least say I'll start. I know that no one will believe me.)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love to know your thoughts.



  1. A fabulous idea Pam. So creative!

  2. Cute! I hope your family realizes how special your handmade gifts are. :-) Hugs!

  3. love your shadow box, great xmas project,! thanks for stopping by at Petaloo's blog and comment on my triangular star card. Warm hugs from California
    Bibiana (DT petaloo)

  4. This is beautiful and a wonderful gift idea! :)

  5. Beautiful Pam and thank you for your kind words on my blog!

  6. Pam, you are the winner of the C.C. Designs blog candy on my blog! Please email me at to claim your prize!

  7. Gorgeous project Pam! So fun and festive! Happy Holidays!