I shared this on my Christmas blog -- Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen -- a few years ago, but have never posted the actual how-tos here at my kitchen table. I thought since it's December, and people are trimming their trees and homes, some little bits and pieces might come to light that would be perfect for a project like this. I just got my shadow box out for the season, and was delighted all over again to display it. So if this looks like your type of project, read on. What follows is not exactly a tutorial, but rather basic instructions that might work with whatever memorabilia you choose to use.
For the longest time I had wanted to make a Christmas shadow box using vintage odds and ends. I had seen the idea in Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 7, and loved the one they showed. The directions were by necessity not super specific, because of course what everyone chooses for a shadow box frame and bits of memorabilia will be different.
I wanted to use an old red wooden silverware tray as a shadow box frame. This was my mother's, and was used by me as a teenager when I had a little home baking business. In recent years, nearly every time I opened the silverware drawer in my own kitchen, I would be reminded of this project and how much I wanted to create one of these shadow boxes. So one day I got my materials together and set out to make one. It took me a week or more, because I was working on it in available snippets of time here and there. It would likely take only a few hours for most people. I began by thoroughly cleaning and washing the tray.
|Another look with the tray flat, just as I glued the paper in. I used a glue gun for the entire project.|
|After lining the bottom of each compartment, I remembered something important. One side of each compartment was going to become the shelf for the memorabilia. So I needed to line those as well.|
|The top shelf holds lots of memories. When I was a child my grandmother had Santa mugs that the grandchildren were allowed to use at Christmas dinner. The one here is a cheap miniature plastic imitation, but looks much the same. The folded cupcake paper (which I may or may not leave there) is from a stash of my grandmother's Christmas things. The tag is from my daughter as a teen, and the ribbon roses are a reminder of her as well since she often called herself the "little rose girl". (She loves roses!) The red ribbon, plastic greenery, the bell, and the little red bird are vintage. The cookie cutter shapes are new but I thought they went well with the other things.|
|The second shelf holds a box of vintage light bulbs, a vintage sticker tag and a vintage plastic Santa and sleigh. I stuck a little metal embellishment that says "Cherish" on the tag. The little metal pieces don't show up well in the photo, but they look cute in the shadow box in person.|
|The letter stickers and the word on the tag are newer items. You can't really see the word but it says "family" and is a shiny silver color. In retrospect I should have put the "memories" letters lower on the back wall. (This was the only downside to arranging everything flat to check placement; it skewed my view of things at what would be the top of each compartment.) It is fine when the shadow box is hung on a wall, but is a bit hard to see in the photo.|
|Vintage plastic deer, light bulb and tinsel from one of our early Christmases together.|
|Finished shadow box!|
I am linking up today with Sandi's No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage. You'll find loads of inspiration over there, so do visit!