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'Tis the Season Shadow Box

 

Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box

Shadowboxes are a wonderful way to deck the halls for the holidays. Choose designs that suit your theme and taste, add bits and baubles and Christmas flair!

I find shadowbox frames and all the trimmings at Michael's, and as we get closer and closer to Christmas, the faux greenery and decorations will be in great abundance.

Then, get a hot glue gun and a creative spirit, and make these beautiful pieces for your home!

 

Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box

Supplies Needed:

**Shadow box frames (mine
   are 9 1/4" wide by 11 1/2"
   high by 2
1/2" deep)

**
1/3 yard fabric for the back
   of the box (such as
   polyester shantung)


**Linen or lightweight canvas
  (for embroidering)

**Medium weight cutaway
  stabilizer


**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or
  dressmaker's pencil

**Decorative faux flowers,
  ornaments, birds, and jingle
  bells

**Hot glue and gun

**All-purpose permanent spray
   adhesive or double-sided
   permanent tape (fabric tape
   or all-purpose tape)
 


Designs Used:

I used the medium size of the Holly-Jolly Holly Sketch, the medium size of the Silent Night Poinsettia Sketch, the medium size of the Art Nouveau Christmas Tree (Redwork), and the small size of the Art Nouveau Poinsettia Corner.

The sizes that you choose will depend on the size of your shadowbox. And, browse through the Christmas Category for other designs for your shadowbox.

 

Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
 

I embroidered the designs onto linen and lightweight canvas. The recommended stabilizer for these fabrics is a medium-weight cutaway, 2.5 ounce.

Then, cut the pieces into circles, squares, rectangles, or other shapes that you want to use in your shadowbox.


Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
 
I added a lining to the frame so the shadowbox would have a nice background.

To do this, I removed the back of the shadowbox and placed it on the polyester shantung. I used an air-erase pen to trace the shape on the fabric.


Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
 


Arrange the embroidered pieces on the polyester shantung. There isn't any rule to this - it's all about where you want to put them.

In this example, I cut the embroidered pieces into rectangles. I positioned them so they overlap slightly.

Pin the pieces in place and then stitch them in place. Use a zigzag stitch, or a 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch seam.
 



Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
 

Next I attached the shantung to the frame. I cut out the shape, then sprayed the frame with permanent adhesive. I aligned the fabric on top, right side facing up, and pressed it into place.

You could also use double-sided tape to attach the fabric. Add strips of tape along the edges of the front side of the frame and through the center, align the fabric, and press the fabric in place.



Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
 

Then, add decorative items
with a hot glue gun. I used faux flowers, ornaments, birds, and jingle bells.

Remember that you'll need to add the frame, so leave enough space between the items and the outer edge.


Free project instructions to make a Christmas shadow box
Take a hot glue gun, and add a crafty, creative spirit! Deck the halls and walls of your home with this fantastic Christmas decor idea!

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