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Last Minute DIY Snowman LED Shadow Box Project

I am always on the look out for fun last minute DIY gifts and this cute light up Snowman Shadow Box was just perfect for a hand printed project. These cute shadow boxes are sold at my local Micheal's Store unpainted and unfinished. They are really easy to work with and each one can easily be personalized to suit your own esthetic.  I used my new set of Folk Art Multi Surface paints (I have a Product Review if you want to learn more about these paints) by Plaid. 

Before I go any further, I have to make the following notation: “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases” from links listed in this blog post.  If you do not want to use my links, just do a search using your favorite search engine.

Supplies Needed:

1.  Unfinished Snowman Artminds LED shadow box  or any other of their cute boxes.  The techniques are the same, you can just adjust to that particular box. These are found at the Michael's Craft Stores.

2.  Folk Art Multi Surface Paints in Licorice, Real Brown, Classic Green, Pure Orange, Cardinal Red,    
     Wicker White and Folk Art Extreme Glitter Paint in Sliver.
3.  Paint Brushes
4.  White Glitter and optional Silver Glitter in larger chunks.
5.  Clear Glue
6.  Ranger Glossy Accents
7.  Sheet of Glitter Paper
8. Batteries (size will vary with the box you purchase)

Step 1:
Open the package and remove the bottom of the shadow box, this will allow you to remove the inserts.

Step 2:
Sand all the pieces, being careful to not damage the lights or battery box.  Paint the interior and exterior of the shadow box with the Wicker White paint.  Use as many coats as you like until you get the finish you want. I used the Folk Art Multi Surface Paints which are fairly opaque so I only needed two coats.

Step 3:
Paint the trees in the front of the shadow box with the Folk Art Multi Surface paint in real brown. I also used the Wicker White for the snow flakes.  Once the paint has dried, you can use the Folk Art Glitter paint in Silver to accent the snow flakes.  After that has dried, use the clear glue to adhere the white glitter to the tree branches to make it look like it is snowing.

Step 4:
Once the front of the shadow box has dried, take the glitter sheet and measure it. Cut it to fit inside of the shadow box. Use the clear glue to adhere the glitter sheet to the shadow box.  Make sure to cut it so that you can still see the lights when they are turned on.

Tip: If you are unable to purchase a glitter sheet of paper, you can just paint the interior back wall blue and add some blue glitter using the clear glue.

Step 5:
Using the multi surface paints, begin to paint the inserts.  Allow to dry between coats.

Step 6:
Use the Ranger Glossy Accents to add some dimension to the roof of the house.  Allow to the Glossy Accents product to dry.

Step 7:
Use the Silver Glitter paint to accent the roof top and Pine Tree. If you want to really catch the light, then add a bit of chunky glitter to the areas you have painted with the glitter paint (before it dries).

Step 8:
Use the clear glue to adhere the white glitter to the snowman in the 2nd insert.

Then use the Folk Art Silver Glitter paint to add sparkle to the snowflakes. If you want to add even more sparkle, then just add a little chunky silver glitter to the painted surface before it dries.

Step 9:
Once all the parts have dried, re-assemble the box.

Step 10:
Add the batteries and enjoy the shadow box.

This was such a quick and easy project. It only took me two hours to finish the project.  The cost of the shadow box itself was less than $10.  I already had the Folk Art Multi Surface Paints and Folk Art Glitter Paint. You can find more ways to use the Folk Art paints at the Plaid website where they list all types of fun projects and tutorials.  Michael's Craft stores have these cute shadow boxes for each season.  I can't wait to see what they make available for Valentines day and Easter.

NOTE: I do not work for Plaid or Michael's Craft Store. They have not paid me for this review. I just really love their product lines and enjoy using various items in my craft projects and art work.  I have included Amazon Associate links to Amazon but you do not need to use them.  You can just do a search on google to find the closest retailer to you that carries these paints. As for the shadow boxes, you can find those each season at the Michael's Craft stores.  

Stickii Club Review - November 2018 Retro Pack - Subscription

Stickii Club November 2018 Retro Pack

If you love holiday themed stickers then the November 2018 monthly delivery of the Stickii Club Retro Subscription pack is a must see.  For those who are not familiar with the Stickii Club, it is a monthly subscription service that sends out themed stickers packs.  They currently offer three choices:

  • Cute
  • Retro
  • and Pop

Each pack features different styles of stickers with different themes. For those who are not sure about whether or not they would like a certain collection, the Stickii club has a great instagram account where they feature previews of the upcoming sticker packs.  Each pack is easily identifiable by their envelope.

You can change your subscription by going onto the website and making the changes.  They usually state what the last date to make a change is,  but you can always contact customer service to make sure.
November Stickii Pack Retro 1

Anyway, as I was saying the "Retro" stickii pack theme for November was "Winter Wonderland"
November Stickii Pack Retro -Winter Wonderland

and it features some darling stickers with great details.  It is hard to see how cute these really are just through photos.
November Stickii Pack Retro -Winter Wonderland 2

Each pack also comes with a plastic storage sheet  (holder) which holds the entire kit.
November Stickii Pack Retro -Winter Wonderland 3

Each of the packs also come with a convenient corner sticker so you can easily reference which pack it is.
Corner Sticker and Sticky Pad for the November Retro Pack
The packs usually feature a cute sticky paper pad that reflects the theme for the month.  The price is really reasonable for what you get in these kits.  I currently pay $11 or $12 a month for my subscription for the Retro pack.  The price includes shipping which makes it a great deal for the amount of stickers in the packs.  Also, so far each shipment has been filled with high quality stickers that include at least one sheet of gold or silver foiled stickers.

The themes within each category change each month, so it is a good idea to follow the Stickii Club on their Instagram Account to see what the theme is going to be.

Disclaimer:  I am not employed or associated by the Stickii Club. I am a monthly subscriber who really enjoys their products.  Also, this post and the products discussed are not paid for by anyone but myself. The links in this post do not provide me with any income, they are there for your convenience only.  Also, keep in mind, that each person has their perception of anything and what I perceive may not be what you perceive.  You can agree or disagree with me.  It is just a part of life.  Happy Holidays!