I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on this exact project, calling for you to find a pretty backing to place in the back of a shadow box, then cut vinyl lettering to place on the front of the glass. Not this tutorial. We’ll just call this the ‘shortcut’ addition. I’m probably the ONLY crafter on the planet that still has the old style Cricut cutter, causing me to be limited to its cartridges. Which means no fancy fonts for me. I just haven’t found it in me to spend more money on another cartridge when all that I REALLY want is a silhouette machine! (Santa, do you hear me??!) So if you have a good excuse, like me, OR are just being lazy (which I probably would have been even IF I had a silhouette), then this ‘shortcut’ option is THE way to go!
What you will need:
-Shadow box frame. I used this one from Ikea.
-Jingle bells of any size that you prefer.
-Print out of choice. If you like the one that I created, you can save it for free at the bottom of the post.
-Metallic marker (optional)
-shiny/sparkly ribbon (optional)
What to do
- Instead of putting vinyl wording on the front of the glass, we are just going to print it onto the backing. The jingle bells may cover some of your wording b/c of it, so just use less bells or if creating your own, place your wording higher on your print. I didn’t mind some of my word being covered, but I could have always just used less bells. Totally up to you. Once you are happy with your design, print on card stock or presentation paper (it just looks better than on normal paper).
- Optional: Use your metallic marker to roughly trace parts of the letters. You can make it super neat, but that wasn’t my goal. I just wanted a playful shine to it. I also added some dots randomly, which sparkle on the print.
- If you’d like to add a fun, sparkly ribbon around the edges, you can. My ribbon had a shiny mirror effect, which reflected more light. I just taped it around the back side to the paper.
- Place your jingle bells in the shadow box.
- Adhere your print out to the shadow box backing. I just taped mine.
- Place the backing on.
You are done! Easy Peasy!
The ribbon is giving off some funky curved reflection, but that doesn’t show up in person! I promise!
I have it hung in my entryway, right by the door. Side note: Isn’t that little tree the cutest?! It was a birthday gift from one of my besties, Yasmeen. (You blushing yet?) HA!! ♥
As promised, here is the FREE Printable. Enlarge, then save & print!