Upcycled Christmas Tin Diorama


Hi there, Friends! I enjoy the challenge of crafting with thrifted treasures. Today I'm sharing a fun project that I created by combining a few of my recent finds.


upcycled Christmas tin diorama



When I found this Christmas tin at a yard sale this summer, I knew I wanted to do something special with it. I love the sweet scene of the little girl saying her prayers unaware that Santa is watching. It was intended as a gift card box and really isn't deep enough to hold much more. However, after playing around with some magnets, I came up with an idea.


upcycled Christmas tin diorama


By digging through my craft stash, I came up with this polka dot scrapbook paper. It put me in mind of a snowy night--perfect for what I had in mind. I traced around the tin's lid...


upcycled Christmas tin diorama


....then cut out the rectangular shape. 


upcycled Christmas tin diorama



Next, I used craft adhesive squares to secure the paper to the bottom part of the tin.


upcycled Christmas tin diorama



I attached the thrift store sled with a magnet and tucked in some poly-fil "snow" behind it.


upcycled Christmas tin diorama


Last, I added Believe with letter stickers, a sparkly snowflake and some DecoArt Glamour Dust glitter at the edges to resemble frost. I usually paint on Mod Podge before glittering, but glue would work too.



upcycled Christmas tin diorama


Now all it needed was the magnets...

upcycled Christmas tin diorama



...which makes one free standing piece and allows both scenes to be featured.


upcycled Christmas tin diorama


This would be a fun project to do with little ones during the holidays, letting them pick out an ornament or miniature and the tin.  


upcycled Christmas tin diorama
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15 comments:

  1. This is an adorable idea!
    Mary Alice

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  2. So special Cecilia ... I will view tins a little differently now. Love how you used the little wooden sleigh to create a 'believable" scene.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  3. So cute and very creative! Love it, Cecilia. :-)

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  4. Isn't it fun to create from things you already have? The tin is adorable and what you added made it very unique ☺

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  5. Aww, that is so sweet! Love the paper & other objects you used to create the perfect scene in the lid,

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  6. So cute and vintage-y! I always love little tins, and this one with Santa and the little girl is precious! I love what you've done. xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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  7. So adorable I love it!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving :)
    Joy @ Books and Life

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  8. What a sweet little project! Everyone loves a little surprise scene inside a pretty tin :)

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  9. Love it Cecilia! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. I've started saving Altoid tins and looking for ideas . . . thank you, this is so adorable :)
    Happy Holidays!
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

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