January 14, 2013

Winter Deer Diorama

Over the weekend I shared my winter mantel, and you got a little sneak peek of today's project!

When I saw these these adorable snow globe shadow boxes at Spool & Spoon I knew I wanted take my own spin on them. And I did with my winter deer diorama! 

I started with an upcycled wooden box that, in a moment of bad bloggerness, I forgot to take a proper before photo of. But luckily I found it on Amazon, so for a before pic check here: T.S. Shure Farm MagnaWheels.

The first thing I did was cut off the strap as much as possible then painted the sides, inside and out, with Martha Stewart metallic silver acrylic paint.

After the paint was dry, I trimmed some scrapbook paper down to size and glued it down inside the back of the box.

The star of the show is this silver glittery deer ornament I found as a 6-pack at Big Lots back in December.
I can't wait to figure out what to do with the other 5!

I position the deer in the box but did not glue him down just yet.
To add to the winter feel, I used small pearlescent cream buttons as snowflakes. I positioned them around the deer, then when I had them where I wanted them, I glued them down.

Now I'm ready to permanently add the deer!

I added pop dots to the back of the deer then laid him in the box.
I like that this gives him more of a 3D look!

An acrylic insert slides up the front of the box to make a sort of shadowbox.
I tried and tried to get the stickers and the adhesive off of the acrylic, but it just wasn't working.
So instead I trimmed a piece of 12x12 scrapbook transparency down to size and used that instead!
It worked out great because the printed transparency adds to my winter look.

I added some fake snow to the base of the box then inserted the transparency and glued it down to the box where you see the arrow. Now I don't have to worry about the transparency slipping down.

I tied a ribbon around the base, mostly to hide the little knobs on the side, but it looks pretty cute, too, 
don't you think?

And complete! I can leave this beauty up all winter long.

Are you ready for even more winter fun?
I'm joining a lot of other talented bloggers in a snowflake-themed party with this project!
Check out all of the wonderful ideas below!


  1. Oh this is toooo cute!! I love the little deer and the whole box is darling. You added such cute touches to really bring it all together! Darling!!

  2. Your winter shadow box is so great Michele. Love, loving it. The sparkly reindeer are so pretty, you made it all look so festive. I have a box similar to yours an old clock was in so just maybe can convert it to a shadow box. Been wanting to try homemade chalk paint so maybe that would be a good box to try it on.
    Doggone it I didn't make it to Big Lots for the holiday season. Wish I had if they had reindeer like that. Our Big Lots is not in a very convenient area for us as we live a ways west of Grand Junction, only go in area of the store usually when hubs has an appt. at the Veterans Medical center. We don't go into G.J. that often unless we have appt. or it's SS payday, lol. Seems when we do get into G.J. there aren't enuf hours to do everything we need to do. After all I have to cover JoAnn's, HobbyLobby and Michaels after Walmart.

  3. Hey Michele! Great project (as ALWAYS) I love your style!

  4. I love that idea. I think I might have a box like that too. Thanks, for the inspiration.

  5. This is so adorable! I love all of the sparkle :)

  6. This is so pretty. I love the pearly white buttons too!

  7. You are SO smart! I love that you not only recycled a box, but you made it work so well. Very creative little touches :) like the "snow" and ribbon

  8. I love this! It would look great on my winter mantel! So inventive and fun!

  9. I love absolutely everything about this. From the buttons as snowflakes to the happy accident of using the transparency with snowflakes on it, to the ribbon on the bottom that ties it all together. This project is adorable!

  10. I live your deer diorama. It looks beautiful.

  11. So pretty! I'd love it if you would come share at the Funday Sunday link party that is open over at! Hope to see you there!

  12. This is super cute! I have similar gold ornaments-but they live on my tree!

  13. What a wonderful job! Found you via Sumo Sweet Stuff.

    JQ @

  14. I love it, Michele. You're right--it will work so nicely throughout the winter season.


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