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Topic: Christmas Diorama in Faux Vintage Box, with Tutorial  (Read 4172 times)
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« on: November 16, 2017 06:56:31 AM »

I'll admit it: I have a love for vintage packaging, and vintage Christmas ornament boxes hold a special place in my heart. You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but you can make a pretty convincing fake. I used paper from the "A Very Merry Christmas" paper pad for the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements from the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.


Here they are stacked up. I used a nice golden brown ink pad to dirty up the imposter a bit.


The diorama box I used is cardboard, so even though it's a one piece box, I left the bottom "as is", and only glued the decorated sides at the corners so it looks like a box with a lid. (Check out those staples; I love that little detail. More about those later.)


The interior of the box features a wee little elf admiring the decorated Christmas tree.


Here's how it was done: glue the paper on the top of the box, and cut out the opening with an x-acto knife. The paper in the pad I used was not big enough to cover the four sides of the box, so I used red stripey paper around the bottom edge of each side. Glue in your patterned background paper. Glue beads and a star onto a bottle brush tree, and make a cardboard ledge to raise up the floor of the display area so the elf and tree are easily visible. The tree I used was a little too tall, so I cut a hole in this new false floor to sit the wooden base of the tree into.


Use Snow-tex to create "snow" for the bottom. Once the snow is good and dry, glue the elf in place and set the tree down into its hole.


Glue the cardboard base to the back of the wall, and put a line of glue on its front cardboard flap to adhere it to the box front when the box is closed. My floor is slightly tilted toward the front, so you can see the elf a little better. *Plan ahead! If you want some tinsel around the opening, now's the time to glue that in. Trust me, it's not easy to add tinsel if your box is already sealed. My problem: it wasn't until my box was "finished" that I felt adding the tinsel was necessary.* Now would be a good time to put the wreath up, too. Once your interior is finished, tuck the flap of the box lid on the inside the of box, leaving the decorative paper outside, and glue the flap in place.


I was so happy how real my little box was looking, that I just had to add staples on the ends just like my two actual vintage boxes had. I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the box, and pushed the staples in with my fingers.


There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog, should you care to make one of your own. Look how tiny and cute!


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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017 07:03:50 AM »

Fantastic!! 
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017 07:27:03 AM »

So flippin' adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017 07:32:55 AM »

LOVE it!  Such a fantastic, old school feel to it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017 07:58:34 AM »

it's so tiny! I'm glad you are holding it for reference because from the first picture I imagined it to be shirt box size

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017 08:08:40 AM »

If you did not point out the "fake", I am not sure I would have known!  Love your attention to detail...the staple...your tutorial is so easy to follow...I often see vintage boxes at the flea market, but not tiny ones like this...too adorable!

(lol I see you have made good use of Snowtex...)
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017 08:19:42 AM »

"only 10 "
love the details!
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017 08:39:14 AM »

I love this too much! Everything you make is just magical!
And I'd never know it's faux vintage  Grin
Too perfect!
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017 09:45:43 AM »

Oh my goodness! This is adorable!
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017 10:44:01 AM »

I LOVE THIS SOOOOOO HARRRRRRD! ACK!

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-deep breath and exhallllllllle-

I also love the vintage ornament boxes! Of course, they're pretty hard to come by in good shape, so they are kind of costly unless you get really lucky. I'm inspired that you were able to MAKE ONE UP!

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