How to Make a Shadowbox Ornament

How to Make a Shadowbox Ornament via

Hello everyone!

I’m so glad to welcome my friend Leslie today fromBrookhollow Lane! I have admired herEtsy shop and her creative work for some time, and I have bought several things from here over the years, such as this “believe” heart and my favorite Christmas ornaments.

Believe Heart from Brookhollow Lane via

Christmas Shadowbox Ornament from Brookhollow Lane via

I particularly love her shadowbox ornaments, they’re so vintage-y and sparkle-y, I have to restrain myself from buying all of them!!! Fortunately for me (and my pocketbook), Leslie agreed to share a tutorial for you all so that we can make our own!! Isn’t that nice?

Of course, if you aren’t the crafty type or don’t want to take time to make one, you can always buy one directly from Leslie at her Etsy shopBrookhollow Lane. But in the meantime, let’s make a shadowbox ornament!

Take it away, Leslie!

How to Make a Shadowbox Ornament via


My name is Leslie and I’m from Brookhollow Lane. I’m so excited and honored that Angela asked me to do a how to on my shadowbox ornaments. I’ve been making these for a few years and love doing different scenes and holidays in them. I love using vintage cards and images to create these. I think a complete image works best (not just part of a body or scene). You could use any type of image that you like. I also save those little wood Brie cheese boxes for these. Yes, we eat a lot of Brie over here, but you could use any type of small shallow card board or even metal box, round or square. As long as you can punch a hole for the hanger you’re good to go. Anybody can make these, its just lots of little steps of glueing and cutting and glittering.

Here we go:

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Parts for a Shadowbox Ornament via

Supplies to Make a Shadowbox Ornament via

You will need:

For the shadowbox container, you need a shallow cardboard, wood or metal container. It can be round, square, or any other shape. I used a clean, empty Brie cheese container.

You will also need images for inside the shadowbox. Here I used a vintage Valentine’s Day card (shared below), but you can also use a card you have on hand or purchase a vintage reprint. Another option is to find an image with a stock library such as The Graphics Fairy. A couple of great free collections are 9 Retro Valentines with Animals and 12 Retro Valentines with Children.

Step 2: Prepare Box

Painting a Shadowbox Ornament via

Use the craft paint and paintbrush to paint any parts of box with ads or stuff you don’t want to see. I painted 2 coats of red.

Step 3: Decorate the Back

Decorating the Back of the Shadowbox Ornament via

Finished Back of the Shadowbox Ornament via

Print out your back side image and trace around it. I used deckle-edge scissors and cut the vintage music slightly smaller so you can see the painted edge. I added a little heart from another valentine. Mod Podge the back to stick it down, let dry, and Mod Podge over the whole back to seal everything in. Use another paintbrush for this. Let dry.

Step 4: Decorate the Sides

Gluing Ribbon to Sides of Shadowbox Ornament via

Glue wide ribbon to sides using the white glue. I use mini clothes pins to hold while it dries. I’ve found that some ribbon won’t stay if you use hot glue, but you can test it if you wish.

Step 5: Decorate the Front Edge

Gluing Trim to Front Edge of Shadowbox Ornament via

I added white mini pom pom trim to finish off front edge with white glue. You don’t have to do this step if you don’t want to. Hold it in place with more mini clothespins while it dries.

Step 6: Prep Box Inside

Fitting and Glueing Paper to Inside of Shadowbox Ornament via

Trace your scrapbook paper and cut out with scissors to fit inside of shadowbox. Glue down with white glue and let dry. I use a cotton swab to spread the glue completely on back of paper.

Once the paper is in, spread glue on the inside wall of the container and apply glitter. Let dry.

Step 7: Make Ribbon Hanger

Making Ribbon Hanger on Shadowbox Ornament via

Use a hole punch to make small hole for ribbon hanger on top of box. Use small piece of ribbon and tie knot or glue ends to hold inside box. Let dry.

Vintage Image for Shadowbox Ornament via

Step 8: Prepare Image

Whew, you’re almost done. Let’s prepare your image. First size and print it out on card stock to fit into the box.

If you you are making a Valentine’s Day ornament and haven’t already got a Valentine, you can use mine. Just right click the image here and choose “save.”

Once you have your images printed out, use glitter glue to add some sparkle to the valentine.

Let dry.

Applying Glitter Glue to Shadowbox Ornament via

Step 9: Cut and Mount Image

Cutting Image for Shadowbox Ornament via

Carefully cut out the image with scissors. Then use Pop Dots to stick it on the background. This creates a 3-D effect. You can even double up to make it stick out further.

Applying Pop Dots to Shadowbox Ornament via

Step 10: Embellish

Embellishments on Shadowbox Ornament via

Finally, add any small embellishments to inside or top of box. I used hot glue to add a miniature craft bird and red hearts. Here’s where you can get really creative. Have fun with it.

Completed Shadownbox Ornament via

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Shadowbox Ornament via

I’ve sure enjoyed sharing this with you, I hope you give it a try. If you make an ornament, be sure to share on Instagram and tag me @brookhollowlane

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that with us, Leslie!!! It’s been an honor to have you and I can’t wait to try this fun craft. If you try it, leave a comment below or come on over to Facebook or Instagram and share your results. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Love, Angela



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