Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From littlemisscelebration.comI’ll bet most of us probably made some kind of ornaments for our tree when we were kids. I still cherish every single ornament my own children made and faithfully put them on the tree every year. Even though some of them, made from paper and crayons, have become a bit bedraggled over the years, on the tree they go! Even with all of the special ornaments many of us buy over the years, the ornaments we make with our own hands can often become the most cherished, don’t you think? I love opening the boxes of ornaments every year – it’s like, hello again, my pretty friends! Paper mache ornaments are so much fun to decorate and this Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament gives us lots of ways to express a little Christmas creativity. Another friend for the collection!

These paper mache shadowboxes are available at Michael’s, in two shapes; round and rectangle. I made a round one, which measures about 4-1/2” in diameter. You can use paint, paper, Washi tape, whatever strikes your holiday fancy! I thought I’d go with traditional Christmas red and green for this shadowbox ornament.

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From

I painted the sides first with an opaque red paint and then went over that with red glitter paint. I cut paper to fit the inside and back, using two different patterns from Basic Gray’s Jovial Collection from 2010. Did I mention ever, that I have tons of scrapbook paper? :) On a small, bottlebrush tree in a snowy base, I glued red rhinestones. The tree, also from Michael’s measures 4” high from base to tip.

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From

I found some star charms in gold and silver in my stash and hot glued them to the inside of the ornament, and then hot glued the tree to the center of the inside bottom. To give the ornament edges a nice finish, I used a thick, red stain cording and a narrower, dark green satin cording. I hot glued a triple layer of alternating colors of coding around the front of the ornament, and used just the narrow, green cording around the back.

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From

For a final touch, I made a 6-loop bow from shimmery, red double-faced ¼’ satin ribbon and hot glued the bow to the top center of the ornament. Quick as a wink and just like, it’s done and we have a beautiful little ornament!

A handmade ornament also makes a fantastic gift! If you participate in an ornament or gift exchange at work, with friends, with neighbors or at church, this Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament could be just the right heartfelt, holiday greeting! Oh…this could also be an extra-special finish for a gift, too!

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From

Do you make any ornaments for your holiday decorating? Or for gifts? I just might have a few more ornaments to inspire you this season!

In case you missed it, I’ve joined a group of lovely bloggers for a fun, All Things Christmas party! The party starts every Monday at 9:00 a.m. EDT and will run through December 23. Stop on by and share all of your crafts, recipes, decorating, holiday tips – anything Christmas! I cannot wait to see everything!

Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament - let your holiday creativity run wild with this fun and easy ornament! From

Sharing at these great parties!

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Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain

Moonlight & Mason Jars at Five Heart Home

Wildly Original Link Party at I Gotta Create!

The Party Bunch at The 36th Avenue

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes

Inspiration Gallery Party at The Golden Sycamore

Wowza Weekend Party at My Love 2 Create

Link Party Palooza at Tatertots & Jello

Show Stopper Saturday at Joyful Healthy Eats

Home for the Holidays at Coconut Head’s Survival Guide

Inspiration Monday at A Little Claireification

Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks

Monday Funday at Uncommon Designs

Get Your DIY On at Just A Girl and Her Blog










  1. So pretty! I love vintage/handmade ornaments. You’re so creative! I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come with next.

    • Hi Christine! You are so kind, thank you so much! I love vintage ornaments, too, and this kind of reminds me of something my grandparents had – probably something my Mom is holding onto so I don’t snatch it away from her yet! :) Thank you for your kind visit and comment, it makes my week!

  2. That is gorgeous! I love, love your photos as well. Definitely pinning. Have a great Tuesday :)

    • Oh, Chelsea, thank you SO much, you are too kind! Thank you so much for your sweet visit and the pin! Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  3. Hi Cindy! Love these! My hubs has wanted to do something similar to this with craft pumpkins for Halloween. One of these days I am sure we will. This is so charming. Pinning. Happy Tuesday!

    • Jenna, I love that Halloween idea! It seems like the guys are always a little more into Halloween or is that just mine? :) Thanks so much for pinning!

  4. So fun, Cindy! I have all of my annual ornaments from when I was little and now of course the kids get one each year. I love that tradition. Pinning this, of course! xo

    • Thanks, Claire! Collecting ornaments is wonderful, isn’t it? My two are going to get a ton of them some day! :) Thanks so much for the visit and pin! xo

  5. Cute- I love homemade ornaments! My mom sent me home with a box of ones she made when my sister was a baby- can’t wait to put them on the tree this year!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Oh, that’s so wonderful that you have ornaments that your Mom made! You will cherish them for many years, I know! Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a fantastic week!

  6. So incredibly adorable. Great idea making them in papier mache boxes. Love all trims you used, really makes the ornament.
    I’ll be making gifts with mostly what I have on hand, besides not being able to afford to buy things I love to make gifts and most people I’ve given them to seem to appreciate them, (hope they’re not just saying that). In previous years I’ve made paper ornaments but really wanted to make something else this year. I think this shadow box ornament would be a perfect choice. I have lots of trim/ribbons, lots of little trees so will only need to buy papier mache boxes. Better have my coupons handy huh? I’ve got hubs out cutting wood into shapes for me for making other things. Hopefully can sell a few things we make to have money to buy more supplies to make more gifts, lol. I so enjoy making gifts I’d make things anyway, to me it’s one of best parts of season. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Cindy

    • Hi Jane Ellen – thank you, I’m so happy that you like this! I’ll bet you make some beautiful things and I wish I could see some of them! I love wood shapes, too. Enjoy your crafting and best wishes to you and your family for a happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Cindy, These ornaments are precious. I love the vintage look of the shadowbox. What a perfect homemade Christmas gift.

    • Thank you, Joan! I have a big soft spot for anything vintage. So sweet of you to visit – thank you so much! Hope your week is great so far!

  8. Cindy these are so creative. I’ve never seen the round shadow boxes but I’ll definitely have to look for them now. This would be really fun to do with a photo collage as well. Thanks for the idea.

    • Hi Britni – the photo collage idea is fantastic! Oh, if you make one I want to see it! These shadow boxes are great and I was just out at the Michael’s near me and they were still there! Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a great week!

  9. Hi Cindy, I love making shadow boxes this turned out super cute. I have some of those trees I just might have to make one.

    • Thanks, Theresa! This was fun to make and I know you make a beautiful one perfect for your tree! Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a great week!

  10. So pretty! I made something similar, using the round Laughing Cow cheese boxes.

    • Thanks, Danni What a fabulous idea to use the cheese boxes – ok, another thing to tell everyone to save for me. I hope I don’t end up on TV show soon and you know the one I mean! 😉

  11. Hi Cindy – this is so creative! I’ve been thinking of what kind of homemade ornament to make for Abby’s DIY Ornament party and I’m at a blank. I love this entire ornament… I’m wondering if you can make the shadowbox out of a peanut butter lid? Hummm…. the wheels are spinning. Thanks for partying with us at the Home for the Holidays party and I’ll be back at yours this week. Hugs, Holly

    • Hi Holly! The peanut butter lid is a good idea – it might not be quite as wide but you could totally make it work! (Hint – I have some more ornament inspiration coming up this week!) Thank you so much for the party and look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Hope you had a happy Sunday! Hugs!

  12. Those are so adorable Cindy! I used to make ornaments, and then I started a blog…you know how that goes…all free time is out the window!! Maybe someday I will get to do fun craft things again, or start a second blog called Crafting with Curls. 😛 Please don’t let me do that!!

    • Thanks, Lisa!! hmm….Crafting with Curls has a cute ring to it though! NO, what am I thinking? I won’t let you, I promise! 😉

  13. Super cute, Cindy! Thanks for linking up to the “Get Your DIY On” link up party! Bring your handmade project on Sunday! :)

  14. This is so stinkin’ cute, Cindy! You could put just about any little Christmas trinket in there. Love it! I’ll be featuring it at tomorrow night’s party! I know you’ve got plenty of handmade gift ideas to share :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Thanks, Christy, and thank you so much for the fun party! Hope your weekend has been happy, fun and not too busy (ha, who am I kidding??)


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