Project Description

Vintage Christmas Shadowbox with Lights

2015-12-04 21.21.57Joe Morgan loves vintage decorations – especially decorations for Christmas and Halloween. All year long he scours garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops hoping to find a highly collectible ornament, trim or blow mold. Of course, he finds all sorts of odds and ends along the way and we end up with those in our home stash as well.

With almost every purchase, we end up having a discussion about how we can use the items in a craft project. And the topic of a “scene” comes to mind over and over again.

I love the look of reclaimed lumber. The gray, weathered, rough textured look of wood that’s been exposed to the elements for years. Pallets that have sat outside for a while get that look and they make the perfect lumber for this project – a Vintage Christmas Shadowbox.

We started by building a shadowbox with a recessed back using the Proxxon Table Saw. You can read about that project on the blog post “Make a Rustic Shadowbox from Reclaimed Pallet Wood.

Next, we decorated it. Check out the step by step directions on the Proxxon Tiny Tool blog. The post is “Create a Vintage Christmas Scene in an Illuminated Rustic Shadowbox.” We used the Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter THERMOCUT 230/E, the Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter THERMOCUT 12/E, and the Proxxon Model Building and Engraving Set.

We’re thrilled with the result and think we have many more holiday shadowbox projects in our future.

What’s your favorite holiday? What vintage finds get you the most excited? We would love to know. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

Joe