a holiday shadowbox is my fave

December 7, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.

Today’s project was made by my friend Kirsten.
you are my fave: holiday shadowbox
To make your own little box of cheer you’ll need:
– a shadowbox (this one’s from IKEA)
– white paint pen
– black paper
– bottle brush trees and miniature props

Step One: Use the white paint pen to write phrase on black paper and to make snowflakes on the glass.

you are my fave: holiday shadowbox

Step Two: Open up frame and fit black paper in the opening of the matte then add trees and other props for a festive little scene.

you are my fave: holiday shadowbox

Step Three: Display in your home and bust out in song every time you look at it.

images by Jennifer Little of Sugar Photography


  • On December 7, 2012 , ach! said:

    Love it! Have to try it! ach!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Chloe Moon said:

    I adore this idea! Shadow boxes are so useful & that lil tree on top of car is adorable! Pinning this for future reference!

    Ergo – Blog

  • On December 7, 2012 , Rachael said:

    That is the cutest! I love it!!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Katy said:

    LOVE THIS!!!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Johanna said:

    You are really killing it with these Christmas crafts! My favorite blog this season, for sure. Thanks for sharing, this is adorable.

  • On December 7, 2012 , emily said:

    love this one! especially the tree tied to the roof!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Sarah said:

    Love this! It’s just too adorable!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Em said:

    …but where to get the trees? So cute!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Katie said:

    this is so cute! I may need to recreate one for my VW-loving hubby.

  • On December 7, 2012 , Tara said:

    I can’t. This is too perfect.

  • On December 7, 2012 , Joy | Frock Files said:

    Oh, I love this so much that I’d likely keep it up all year long! Now the question is: to brave Ikea, or not to brave Ikea?

  • On December 7, 2012 , LARY@ Inspiration Nook said:

    In love with this! Adorable!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Shelby @ Bountiful Crop said:

    STOP IT! This is the coolest ever!!!

  • On December 7, 2012 , Monsterscircus said:

    Shut the front door! This is so awsome, you and Kirsten are my fave.

  • On December 7, 2012 , Megan said:

    This is so adorable. I love the handwriting.

  • On December 7, 2012 , Jen said:

    I love this! Can you share where you got the VW?

  • On December 7, 2012 , Kirsten said:

    Aww thanks guys! Em the trees I bought on etsy- I searched for mini bottle brush trees & found a great little supply pack for a few dollars. The VW bus I found on ebay. It was from the UK but shipped quick. But, its matchbox size so im sure you could find something similar at a vintage shop. Hope this helps!

  • On December 8, 2012 , Weekend Notes | Camille Styles said:

    […] Thinking of all the festive things I could put in this shadowbox. […]

  • On December 8, 2012 , Melissa said:

    Too cute! I love it!

  • On December 8, 2012 , Eleni said:

    Oh! I just love it! I think I’d have it on my wall all year long though!

  • On December 8, 2012 , Elena @ Randomly Happy said:

    Possibly my favourite Christmas decorating idea yet! Thanks also for sharing where you got these goodies… mini bottle brush trees look out!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  • On December 8, 2012 , Brittney said:

    The tree tied to the top of the car seriously is so creative. I love it.

  • On December 8, 2012 , Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said:

    AWESOME!!! Love the fresh take on Christmas vignettes! 🙂

  • On December 9, 2012 , Merry said:


  • On December 9, 2012 , Lindy said:

    Love it!

  • On December 9, 2012 , Jamie Herzlinger said:

    What a fun and cute idea…thanks for sharing!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  • On December 10, 2012 , Liz said:

    Ahh I love this! Such an amazing idea. I cannot wait to do this myself. Thanks!

  • On December 10, 2012 , Emily said:

    This is so clever! Love the snow on the glass!

  • On December 11, 2012 , MFree said:

    I absolutely adore this! And possibilities?! You could totally change this out with the seasons. So cute! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    […] took an alt class with Melanie of you are my fave, and I’ve been reading her blog since. This holiday shadowbox is so cute! And the best part is I could totally see you changing out for different holidays and seasons. […]

  • On December 12, 2012 , Carrie // cue the confetti said:

    This official my favorite Christmas idea this year! Love it so much!!!

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    Just made two of these after thinking about them for a year. Thank you! They are adorable. Two of my friends are going to be VERY happy soon!

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  • On December 18, 2014 , catie said:

    this is so cute yall should consider selling these for non-crafty people like me

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