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Jingle all the way…

Miss almost three is just starting to believe in the magic of Christmas. She now knows who Santa is and dances and sings to any Christmas song that comes on the radio.

That’s why the idea struck to make this incredibly simple dance ribbon ring for Miss Z. I’ve been struggling with crafty inspo recently as we’re currently staying in the UK with my parents and I’m not really able to do as much crafting.

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Guest Post: Winter Shadow Box

Christmas means CRAFTS for us, so it has been my absolute privilege to be involved with the Craftmas project this year. Let me introduce you to Lisa Johnson from The Art Garden. Lisa is a former elementary art teacher turned stay-at-home-mum who makes the most beautiful creations. You can find out more about Lisa and her work by visiting her website, but for now please read on so that you can recreate this absolutely gorgeous Winter Shadow box.

Take it away, Lisa… 


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Hello and Happy Holidays! I’m Lisa, from The Art Garden, and Sian has invited me over to share an easy holiday craft with you all. My two daughters and I love nature inspired art projects so we created a winter tree shadow box featuring some simple triangle trees.

This is a fun project that children of all ages, as well as adults, can make! These lovely winter scenes will look great mixed in with your holiday decor so dig around in your recycling bin or pantry and grab a cardboard box for this easy project!

You will need: 

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  • A small cardboard box (such as a shoe or food box)
  • Scrapbook paper in a variety of patterns
  • Old book pages
  • Mod Podge or another medium for sealing
  • White and silver paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Yarn and lace
  • Glue
  • Jewels
  • Clear tape

Step 1: Find some suitable boxes…

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We started this project by going through our stash of saved boxes and selected which ones we thought would work best. We wanted to work on a fairly small scale so we chose the ones that were kid’s shoe boxes and small packages that had come in the mail (with the flaps cut off). If your box has shipment labels, you may want to remove them first and paint over any text or logos.

Step 2: Collage…

Old book pages are fun to incorporate into your art for an interesting texture or pattern. You can find any old book from a second hand store, garage sale, or even those phone books that get delivered on your doorstep that no one uses anymore!

We tore some pages out of an old encyclopedia and collaged the background and sides with Mod Podge, a common waterbase sealer. Any mat medium or sealer would do.

Step 3: Paint…

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When our Mod Podge was dry we flicked some white and silver tempera onto our background for a snowy effect. Simply take a toothbrush (or a stiff bristle paintbrush) and scrape your thumb along the edge over and over to make little specks of paint.

Step 4: Cut out background details…

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While we waited for our flicked paint to dry, we began making our other details such as our snowy hill and trees. We traced our box onto some white paper to help us measure our background and cut out our snowy hills.

Step 5: Cut triangle shaped trees…

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We selected some fun patterned paper for our trees and cut out several different sizes of triangles. We left enough space on our triangles to fold a small tab. We also cut notches in the corners so the tab wouldn’t show when it was glued down.

Step 6: Make a jewel sky…

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Our winter scene wouldn’t be complete without a little bling for our sky so we added some hanging jewels for stars and a shimmery moon. We cut out a moon shape and painted it with silver paint and then glued our jewels to some thin yarn.

Step 7: Assemble the details…

The final step is assembling all of the details once everything is dry. We glued our snowy hill and trees down then hung our stars and moon to the top by sticking them down with some clear tape.

Step 8: Add lace detail…

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To clean up our rough edges of our cardboard box, we glued some lace and yarn along the sides.

The finished result…

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And that’s it! I hope you’ll give this craft a try and if you love nature inspired projects head on over to for more ideas and check out out my instagram account @theartgardenblog.

Be sure to stay tuned for more holiday ideas in this fun Craftmas collection to keep you and your littles busy creating this holiday season!

Happy Holidays,


Lisa’s beautiful Winter Shadow Box was created as part of the Christmas Craftmas project. You can find out more about the awesome bloggers involved by visiting our Instagram or Facebook pages.  Next head on over to the brand new Smocks On website for another Christmas craft idea!

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Fingerprint Hearts

When we found this box canvas in Riot Art and Craft, we were inspired to do something special. We initially did this as a Valentine’s Day activity, but it could just as easily work for Mother’s Day or even a birthday.

Our finished result has pride of place in our lounge as it just looks fantastic!
In actual fact, without the box, you could even send this to someone special who lives far away!

You will need:

  • Acrylics in complimentary colours
  • Mini canvas
  • Scrap paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Paint tray or similar
This mini canvas cost less that $5! 

It’s advisable to practise the heart shape first. All you need to do is dab the paint onto your forefinger and print diagonally in one direction, then the other to make the heart. We found that you only need a little bit of paint on your finger to avoid big splodges:

We tried out our hearts on scrap paper first!

Once you’re happy, you should be able to move on to the real deal. Here’s our final product:

And it’s as simple as that! If you want more activities for kids, please hit follow. Here’s how: