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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 MagnaWheelsir?t=thescrsho 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000OQOSH6.
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 12×12 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.
Let it snow
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!




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Amanda @ Serenity Now

Monday 21st of January 2013

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

JQ Ruetten

Sunday 20th of January 2013

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

JQ @


Sunday 20th of January 2013

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

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters

Sunday 20th of January 2013

Gorgeous diorama! I love the glittery deer!

T'onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party


Saturday 19th of January 2013

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!

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