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Christmas Retro Shadow Box

Galaxy Glitter™

Christmas Retro Shadow Box
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Christmas Retro Shadow Box

designed by Shari Welch

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

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Berry Red (DAO19)
  • Peacock Teal (DA326)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Napkin Decou-Page (DS126)

Americana® Premium™ Mediums

  • White Gesso (DTAM07)

Galaxy Glitter™

  • Red Nebula (DGG04)

Glamour Dust™ Glitter Paint

  • Ice Crystal (DGD09)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • DuraClear® Gloss Varnish (DS19)

Snow Products

  • Snow-Tex® (DAS9)

Other supplies

  • palette or plastic plate
  • scissors
  • painter's tape
  • white Christmas lights (small)
  • palette knife
  • figurine (small and other embellishments of choice)
  • flake snow
  • glue dots
  • paper of your choice (for background)
  • paper towel or cloth towel
  • paintbrushes (including flat)
  • Styrofoam block (or sheet)
  • 10" x 10" scalloped shadow box (Michaels)


NOTE: 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.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use White Gesso to paint the sides and front of the box. Let dry.
  3. Tape off the front edge of the shadow box with painter's tape.
    Step 2 Example
  4. 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.
  5. Apply one coat of DuraClear Gloss Varnish over the painted surface of the shadow box.
  6. 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.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Cut the background paper to size, using the back of the shadow box as a template.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
    Step 8 Example
  10. 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.
  11. 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.)
    Step 10 Example
  12. Slide the snow scene into the shadow box. Add flake snow on top of the Snow-Tex. Re-attach the backing.
    Step 11 Example
  13. The project can be used on the wall or on a table as a decorative addition to your holiday scape.
    Step 12 Example
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