Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 7, 2016

Vintage Ornaments in Shadow Box

I have been dying to do this project with vintage ornaments inside of a large shadow box.  I first saw it on Pinterest a few years ago and it's languished in my 'to do' file till now.


Over the holidays, I won a couple of ebay auctions of antique Shiny Brites and other 1940s-50s era glass balls. Shadow boxes are very expensive, especially the size I wanted.  However, I had a 40% coupon for Michael's Crafts and got a wicked deal on the perfect one.  There was no way I was waiting till next fall to assemble it and I am so pleased with how perfectly it worked, and showcases the best ones.


I literally have no where to hang this, but I have till next December to figure that out.

18 comments:

  1. Very colourful JoJo. You're right you have a long time to decide.

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    1. I'm already eyeing places where it might possibly work! It's so pretty that I'd love to leave it up year round.

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  2. That is so cool! You could almost use it flat as a centerpiece with candles on top. it is very versatile!

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    1. Thanks! I would feel kinda safer doing it that way....it's so heavy that I'm afraid it will come crashing down.

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  3. If you want to hang a heavier item (I had an large antique beaded purse), then use two supporting hanger clips so weight is distributed. This works great for the shadow box I put the purse in and it's heavy as well. Love this craft item! Lucky you for winning some of the items!

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    1. Thanks!! There are 2 hangar clips on the back anyway...I'm just worried about the nail/hook pulling out of the wall.

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  4. Wow! You really are on a productivity roll! That came out really well.

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea! :D

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  5. So pretty. I often keep projects I've made for another 😊

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    1. Thanks! Oh I definitely was keeping this one.

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  6. Hi Jojo!
    We use to use and still decorate a lot with glass ornaments. My parents in Kazakhstan also has a good collection of old glass balls, popsicles, pine cones etc.

    I love your shadow box, it's a perfect way to showcase some unique items like the ones you have for example.Would love to see where you would place it :))
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you!! I love vintage ornaments. You are lucky your parents still have theirs! Mine had a few when I was little but over time they broke.

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  7. These remind me so much of the ornaments my parent's hung on their tree. Wow, such memories. You did a great job with it and you'll find the perfect spot!

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    1. Thanks Elsie. I love them too and I have plenty leftover to do something else with them. The nostalgia of them really speaks to me.

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  8. I love that you find an even better purpose than intended for pretty things. Have a great week, JoJo.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! You have a great week too!

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  9. Hi JoJo,

    Excuse me for my lengthy delay in arriving on your site. Yep, I've been signing autographs! :)

    The things you can do with those nice, shiny balls. Just over ten months to think about it.

    Gary

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    1. LOL! 10 months till Christmas....time is flying! I better get my shopping started! hahaha

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