Christmas Retro Shadow Box

Christmas Retro Shadow Box

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 21st 2020

Feel nostalgic with this Christmas wintery shadow box painted with Galaxy Glitter™.


    • palette or plastic plate
    • scissors
    • painter's tape
    • white Christmas lights
    • palette knife
    • figurine
    • flake snow
    • glue dots
    • paper of your choice
    • paper towel or cloth towel
    • paintbrushes
    • Styrofoam block
    • 10" x 10" scalloped shadow box



    When choosing paintbrushes, always use the largest brush that will fit most comfortably in the area you are painting

    1. Open the back of the shadow box; peel off and discard the fabric on the back. Set aside the back. Wipe down the inside and outside of the shadow box with a clean cloth.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Use White Gesso to paint the sides and front of the box. Let dry.
    4. Tape off the front edge of the shadow box with painter's tape.
    5. Instruction #3
    6. Load a flat brush with Peacock Teal and paint all four edges with two coats, allowing to dry between the coats. Let dry and tape off the side edges with painter's tape. Paint the front with two coats of Berry Red, allowing to dry between coats.
    7. Apply one coat of DuraClear Gloss Varnish over the painted surface of the shadow box.
    8. Use a round brush to apply the Red Nebula onto the front of the shadow box. (Helpful hint: Spread out the Galaxy Glitter and then use a tapping motion to fill in needed areas.)
    9. Instruction #6
    10. Cut the background paper to size, using the back of the shadow box as a template.
    11. Apply a coat of Napkin Decou-Page on the inside back panel of the box. Lay down the paper, smoothing out from the middle to the edges. (Helpful hint: If you have a patterned paper make sure it is going in the same direction as the hanging hook on the back.) Set aside.
    12. Measure and cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit the bottom of the shadow box. (It should show over the shadow box edge when viewing from the front.) Apply Snow-Tex with a palette knife to the top and front of the Styrofoam, leaving the back and bottom untouched.
    13. Instruction #9
    14. Add figures and other embellishments into the Snow-Tex and let it dry completely. Brush on Ice Crystal to the snow and any other surfaces you would like a subtle sparkle. Let dry.
    15. Attach strings of little lights with glue dots on the inside sides of the shadow box. (They should be out of sight from the front.)
    16. Instruction #11
    17. Slide the snow scene into the shadow box. Add flake snow on top of the Snow-Tex. Re-attach the backing.
    18. Instruction #12
    19. The project can be used on the wall or on a table as a decorative addition to your holiday scape.
    20. Instruction #13