DIY ‘Tis The Season Shadowbox

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It’s not quite winter yet, but I just can’t wait to get started decorating! Winter is my absolute favorite season, and to celebrate, I made a cute DIY shadowbox. Many shadowboxes are only decorated on the inside or around the frame, but with adhesive vinyl you can decorate the glass too! It’s super easy to do, and you can completely customize your shadowbox to showcase anything you want in under 15 minutes!

Gorgeous DIY 'Tis the season shadowbox! Great tutorial on how to customize your own shadowbox in under 15 minutes!

Today I’ve teamed up with a bunch of blogger friends to share more than 20 amazing DIY vinyl projects; we’re celebrating the launch of Persia Lou’s new Craftsy Class – Silhouette Savvy: Venture into Vinyl, a brand new online video class that will teach you everything you need to get started cutting vinyl with your Silhouette. She walks you through creating eleven different vinyl projects, providing the cut files you need and video guidance for each step so that you can learn a bunch of different techniques, such as layering adhesive vinyl, cutting large-scale decals, using the print and cut feature with printable heat transfer material, creating vinyl stencils for screen printing, and more!

DIY ’Tis The Season Shadowbox

  • 15 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 15 minutes (total project time)





Start by removing the back from your shadowbox; trim the red glitter paper to fit inside the back.


Then trim a sprig of faux berries to fit inside the shadowbox.


Place the berries inside the box and the glitter paper at the back of the box, then reattach the back.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl for the front of the shadowbox. I didn’t have any graphics, just text, so it’s easy to recreate! Open your Silhouette Studio software and create text that says “’Tis the season!” I used the Magnolia Sky font for this. Size the text so that it will fit in the glass of your shadowbox, then send it to your machine to cut. Remember to change the blade depth if necessary.

Once the vinyl is cut, weed away any background vinyl using the weeding tool.


Then trim a piece of transfer paper to the same size as your vinyl words, peel the backing off the transfer paper, and press the transfer paper onto the vinyl words. Use a scraper tool to press the transfer paper down onto the vinyl so that it really sticks.


Gently peel up the transfer paper; it should stick to the vinyl enough to peel the vinyl letters up off the backing.

Position the vinyl and transfer paper on your shadowbox, then press the vinyl down onto the glass. Use a scraper tool again to really press the vinyl letters onto the glass.


Carefully peel away the transfer paper; the vinyl letters should remain stuck to the glass.


And you’re done!

Gorgeous DIY 'Tis the season shadowbox! Great tutorial on how to customize your own shadowbox in under 15 minutes!

Stand the shadowbox on your mantel and enjoy!


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Cathy W says

    4 years ago

    Lots of ladies I know have started this craft. we are even doing something similar at church with the nativity on a block. I enjoy your site.

  2. Kiki says

    4 years ago

    I love that you can add anything inside to make it your own. Gorgeous project!

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