How to make a Christmas Shadow Box Decoration | Photo Tutorial

December is my favorite time of the year, it is my birth month and everyone seems to be on a cheerful mood because of all the festivities brought about by Christmas season. The holiday cheer is very much alive here in Dubai, a lot of establishments are decorated with festive lights, Santa even has his grotto set up around the city and huge Christmas tree stand tall inside malls.

This year, we opted for a table top tree and small decorations so it seem perfect to create a Christmas decoration to cheer up the mood of our home.

For this months “Gold” theme challenge, Chloe and I chose to make a simple Christmas decoration we can use to make our home extra festive this season.



PPS Products I used for this project were:

Plaid® Mod Podge® Matte 8 oz

Heidi Swapp Believe Shadow Box Frame

Heidi Swapp Collection Marquee Love Washi Tape – Foil Polka Dot Gold

Simple Stories Double-Sided 6×6″ Paper Pad – Claus & Co

American Crafts Wow| Glitter: Extra Fine: Gold

Hero Arts Stencils 6.25″X5.25″ – Message Wreath


Let’s get our crafting hats on and get started.

Step 1: Decorate shadow box with the gold polka dot washi tape, then trim off excess tape.

DIY Christmas Shadow Box 

Step 2: Spread ModPodge on the insides of the box then sprinkle gold glitter.  Let it dry.


Step 3: Scatter ‘jingle bells’ and baubles inside the box to get a good look on where the message goes. Stick it in place with a glue gun.


Step 4: Two options to fill in the message area: my choice was to use a stencil while Chloe opted to cut pictures from the card stock 

(a) Place stencil in the middle and spray with color paint. However when we went for this option the message was not clear. We decided to cover it up with more glitter to hide the mishap.

(b) Chloe happily proceeded with her choice and cut out pictures from the cardstock. 



I hope you enjoy recreating this simple project with us and hope that this decoration will add cheer to you this Christmas season.


If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them. We had fun making and sharing all the crafts we have done. Do tag Cuddles and Crumbs on Facebook and Instagram if you recreate one of our projects.

Happy Crafting!

Do join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with the theme “Gold”

2. Upload your project photo to “December 2017 Challenge: Gold” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by December 31, 2017.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.