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I’ve been gazing at snow scenes under glass in amazement for the last two Christmas seasons. The tiny snowmen, red trucks, and flocked pine trees make me want to go inside each winter wonderland and have a look around. This year, I decided to invent one of my own. When I saw a $5 cedar bird feeder with removeable glass panels, I knew it would be perfect for creating a DIY Holy Night Bird Feeder Shadowbox. I’ve never been able to use a bird feeder or bird bath for their intended purposes because I have a gorgeous cat that likes to assasinate birds every once in a while. I don’t want to lure a majestic winter cardinal into my yard only to find it dead later. The skill level on this DIY Holy Night Bird Feeder Shadowbox is easy enough for anyone to achieve.
Materials for DIY Holy Night Bird Feeder Shadowbox:
- cedar bird feeder with removeable glass panels- I bought mine at Walmart for a mere $5.47. Get yours here: Pennington Cedar Classic Dinette. Amazon also sells a cute Pennington Bin Bird Feeder that looks like an outhouse. That might be an idea for the future (pictured below, with a link).
- paints- Apple Barrel 662E Sterling Silver. 20432E Nutmeg, 20404E Black, 21390 Khaki, 2605E Crimson, 20411E Cobalt Hue, 21481E Key West, Folk Art 2480E Royal Gold Metallic
- DecoArt Crystal Craft Twinkles
- DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paintable Texture Paste
- brushes- 1/2″ angle
- super glue or Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- small candy cane ornaments
- North Star tiny ornament
- tiny styrofoam balls
- Elmer’s School Glue
Painting Instructions for DIY Holy Night Bird Feeder Shadowbox
As I have mentioned before, I like to use real life examples or photographs of the real thing when I paint. I do use free printable coloring sheets for painting patterns sometimes to save time, and at other times I draw my own. In general, I want my work to be my own rather than someone else’s idea or interpretation. For inspiration, I had a magnificient Mikasa nativity set that I found at Goodwill last week, a bird feeder, a log from my woodpile, a Snowy Cabin Trucker Jacket that I painted last month, and a photograph of a rusty tin ceiling tile. I also thought about the following verse when creating my scene. I wanted it to be a serene picture of solitude and peace.
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 NASB
Let’s Get Started!
Adding Snow to Your DIY Holy Night Shadowbox Diorama
Wasn’t that easy? I hope you enjoyed my DIY Holy Night Bird Feeder tutorial!
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