Easy Handmade Ornaments: Christmas Shadow Box

Do your kids love to make handmade ornaments for Christmas? 

Then you will go CRAZY over today's activity - Handmade Shadow Box ornaments!

We are joining 50+ bloggers who are each sharing a wonderful idea for ornaments kids can make this year.  TONS of wonderful ways to decorate the tree and the kids won't want to stop at just one. 

Plus, so many are quick and inexpensive that you can easily fit in a few during the holiday season -- and they also make great gifts for grandparents too!


Create a Vintage Diorama Ornament 

Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I really love vintage items so I thought we would re-create one of the popular ornaments from times past -- a mini holiday diorama that you can hang on the tree.  I really adored these small winter wonderlands when I was younger. We've included a supply list along with affiliate links so you can easily find the items you'll need to make one of your own too!

I don't know if you remember these from your parents or grandparents trees but they were plastic balls or boxes that held a winter scene.  You can see a really cute example of one on Amazon with this Santa & Reindeer vintage ornament -- but they are super had to find these days!  


Supplies for Handmade Vintage Ornaments

Here's what you'll need to make one of your own:


Vintage Ornaments

First, decide what card you'll use for the background of your diorama. 

We decided to make a snowy scene for one ornament and a toy store window in the other box. 

If you have an old stack of cards, flip through them and I'm sure there will be a picture that will catch you eye. Sometimes it helps to give the kids the top of the paper mache box so they know how large their picture will be once it's placed inside.

Use the top of the box to trace around the area of the card you would like to use as the background.  Then trim the area to fit the back of your box.


Recycle Old Cards for Christmas Ornaments

Once you have the card trimmed, glue it into the box.  

Ta-da -- instant background scene :)


Vintage Diorama Ornament

Now to give the ornament that 3D look -- add some of the mini ornaments or small items to the box.  

For the Toy Store window, my daughter added some small toy ornaments and a mini red velvet bow.  In the winter scene, I decided to put in a mini cottage and a large star on the top of the tree in the background.

Allow them to dry for a while (otherwise they'll slide around) and then add glitter or snow if it fits your scene.


Add ribbon for details

We added snow to our winter scene.  We also decided to trim the outside of the box with a fun Christmas ribbon to give it a little 'pop'!

I love how creative you can be with the dioramas -- the kids will have a great time planning our their ornament.  You might do an outdoor snow scene, something from nature or a peek into the chimney on Christmas Eve - so many possibilities!


Handmade ornaments that kids can make

Once everything is dry, we used a small screwdriver to poke a hole in the top of the box. 

For the winter scene, we threaded a colorful ribbon through the hole to use to hang the ornament.


Toy Shoppe ornament

For the Toy Shop, we hung it with a metal ornament hook.

Pretty cute, aren't they?! 

The whole project took us less than 45 minutes including the time to let the glue dry between steps. 


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 Kid Made Ornament Ideas


Would you like to join in on the fun too?!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the landing page here, for this series that Melissa at Mama Miss is hosting.
  2. Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos (limited to 2 a day).
  3. Add this pretty little ornament shaped button below to your blog post, or your sidebar, or somewhere on your beautiful blog letting me know you are joining in on the fun too!!
  4. Label the ornament button: 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments
  5. Link the ornament button to: the landing page for this series.



The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

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December 8th

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