For the longest time now, I've been wanting 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 everyone's 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 kitchen, I would be reminded of this project and how much I wanted to create one of these shadow boxes. So recently, I got my materials together and set out to make one. It took me a week or more, working on it in available snippets of time here and there. 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.|
|I started with the vertical side compartment.|
|Vintage plastic deer, light bulb and tinsel from one of our early Christmases together.|
|A closer look at the tag; Santa sticker, holly, berries and bias tape are vintage.|
|The lower end of the tall side compartment. Vintage plastic greens, holly, and berries. This was old stuff from my great aunt. Tiny vintage glass Christmas balls, too.|
|Finished shadow box!|