Happy Christmas Season, friends!! Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, I think we can all agree that it’s CHRISTMASTIME!!! This also means that Baby Rissler is ALMOST HERE! My due date is Tuesday, so I’m hoping he shows his face sometime this week. Yay!
Today I’m excited to share my own DIY project with you, as well as posts from my fellow home decor bloggers! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get inspired by lots of other DIY Christmas ideas. I’m especially loving the cooke cutter Chistmas tree garland and the DIY rustic Christmas tree!
As I’ve been doing tons of Christmas decor shopping over the last couple weeks, I saw fun little Christmas shaker boxes. I almost bought one, then realized, “Hey… I can make that!!” Thus, this DIY project, the DIY Christmas shaker box, was born!
Materials for the Christmas Shaker Box
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I got all my supplies at Hobby Lobby it only cost me about $15 (including the chalk markers). Not bad!
- 8×10 Shaker Box
- I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $12.99 + 50% off
- Scrapbook Paper
- Shaker Box Filler (Jingle Bells, Mini Trees, etc.), at least 1 cup
- Chalkboard Marker
- I found a 4 pack at Hobby Lobby for $12.99 + 40% off
How to Make a Shaker Box
I’m not kidding when I say this: It couldn’t be more simple.
- Cut the scrapbook paper to the same size as the cardboard back of the shadow box (8×10)
- Dump the filler into the shadow box.
- Place the scrapbook paper and cardboard back onto the frame.
- Make your own design, or find a cute chalkboard Christmas design on Pinterest and use the chalkboard marker to draw it on the front of the glass (scroll down for my handlettering tips!).
Tips for Designing Your Christmas Shaker Box
So, I have to admit… the first version I made of the shaker box did not turn out as expected. The colors didn’t contrast enough and you couldn’t see writing on the front! I’d picked a patterned scrapbook paper and a pretty sprig of Christmas greenery and, well, it was just TOO much! My advice: keep it simple!
Tips for Hand-Lettering
Now, I am NO hand-lettering expert. Seriously. That being said, I’ve found a way to make my lettering look… passable! Here’s what I do:
- Find a font you like (try searching on dafont.com and use their “Preview” option with your text), or browse Pinterest for Christmas chalkboard sign ideas until you find one you like.
- Before you start writing, wipe off the glass with glass cleaner to remove the smudges. You can also clean it up a bit afterward if needed.
- Freehand all the letters as best as you can. Watch the top and bottom of each letter so the line of text stays straight and true-to-size.
- Trace over the text, making the downstrokes thicker and keeping the upstrokes thin (if it’s a script). Smooth out all the bumps from the first attempt.
Aannndddddddd that’s it! It really is a simple DIY project that adds a little spice to your Chistmas decor. Plus, you can customize it with your last name or your favorite Christmas saying. Next time I check in, I’ll most likely have a baby! I may be taking a bit of a hiatus for a couple weeks, but I’ll be sure to post as soon as I’m back at it. 🙂