Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How To Make a Shadow Box Snowman

After I posted yesterday, I've had a few requests to do a snowman tutorial.

Frosty is made with 4 different sized shadow or nesting boxes.

Measure the insides of 3 of the largest boxes.  Cut bead board to match the space.  Glue them in place and paint the whole box white.  After the paint is dry, rub the entire thing with stain, gel stain or dark brown paint.
*If you don't have access to a saw to cut the bead board, you can leave it out!

Glue accessories! 
For the buttons I painted some wooden discs, but you can just as easily use real buttons.

Free hand a carrot shape with a scroll saw.
 Paint it orange and sand the edges.  You can use a brown pencil to add carrot lines.
*If you don't have access to a scroll saw, you can also create the carrot nose with fabric.

To make the hat, you will route a small rectangular piece of wood{it is just fine to leave it flat if you don't have a router} and then turn the smallest shadow box over and glue the two pieces together. Paint them black and distress.
*If you don't have a small shadow box, use a scrap of a 2x4. 

Glue all of the boxes together with wood glue, or E-6000. 
Angle each box a little differently as you piece him together.

And that's just about all there is to it!  
I thought about adding boots to the bottom box as well as wrapping a little scarf around his neck,
but I think I prefer a simpler snowman.

This project has been graciously featured on:


  1. I collect Snowmen and this one will now have to join them. I love your creative talents!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. YEAH!! I am so making this cute little guy!!

  3. Your little snowman is soooo cute....great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing how to create such an adorable decoration :o)

  4. This snowman is GREAT! I'm really considering trying this on my own...lookout fingers! :o)

  5. LOVE IT! I spied it on your previous post and wanted to make one. I am glad you posted a tutorial on it.

    Jessica at Chapman Place

  6. I am featuring this cute little guy on my blog tomorrow if you want to come check it out.

  7. Way too cute! Love it! Sharing it on my facebook fanpage, Pirates-n-Princesses. :)

  8. i LOVE this!! sooo cute!! i have a stupid question for you though.. where did you find your boxes at?? the only shadow boxes i can find are around 25$ for a small 6"x6" one... i'm not that rich! haha thank you!!

  9. The boxes were easier to find a couple of years ago. I would check craft outlet stores. I've picked up a couple sets at yard sales. You can also use the chipboard boxes that they sell at Hobby Lobby.

  10. Adorable in every way!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. oh my goodness! I love snowmen so I absolutely love this. I definitely need to try to make this. I am a new follower.


  12. I posted on snowmen today and featured yours here. Thank you for sharing =)

  13. I did a snowman post today and featured your project here. Thank you for sharing =)

  14. It is crazy that it is February and still want this lil guy!! LOL...cutest ever


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