And earlier in the week I had the chance to meet up with Terry, a sweet reader who lives in New Mexico, but is vacationing in nearby Vermont. She emailed me and suggested we meet up at the craft fair–what a real sweetheart! You can see our selfie over at my Facebook group, Your Vintage Treasures. (Join if you haven’t yet!)
Today’s post is all about vintage style Christmas dioramas. I’ve posted about them in the past, here and here. And two of the dioramas I’ll show you today sold at last year’s fair, but the three others are currently for sale in this year’s booth.
Oh, and I’m joining with a fantastic group of over-50 bloggers for a Creative Christmas Link Party, hosted by the fabulous Janet of Shabbyfufu, so be sure to visit some of the other partiers (links at end of post).
What sorts of supplies should you be gathering to make your dioramas? First, you’ll need a container of some sort to place your scenery and deer and whatever else into. The more you think outside the box on this one, the more interesting and unique your project will be.
Collect small deer, bottle brush trees, and mini wreaths, along with small knobs to use as handles on the top of wooden boxes. You’ll need white paint and/or faux snow to put on the bottom of your container and hot glue to attached all the bits and pieces.
2. Deer, trees, mini wreaths, etc.
3. Small knobs
4. White paint and/or faux snow
5. Hot glue
When I saw this rustic wooden box at a recent garage sale, I knew it would be perfect for a diorama. I added a knob to the top and painted the “ground” with white acrylic craft paint.
You can find this diorama in my craft booth, hopefully, not for long (price: $15.00).
This diorama, which sold last year for $25.00, involved more work than the previous one.
It all started when I “matched” these two pieces of junk that I had collected over the years. Inspiration finally struck one day. I painted the disc thing-y with copper spray paint and attached it to the bottom of the cloche-like thing-y with wire. Ta da! The perfect setting for a Christmas diorama.
I inserted this rather handsome deer and three vintage plastic trees that I had on hand.
I ran some green garland around the top and added a few mini wreaths to finish it off.
For a more classic, less farmhouse look, try a small glass container, like this brass and glass one I picked up at a thrift store. I glued some faux snow to the bottom and then added my features after it dried.
I think using this antique-style lantern is one of my cleverest ideas. A few simple decorations turned it into a charming farmhouse style decoration. It sold last year for $15.00, but looking at it now, I think it would have benefited from some faux snow on the “ground,” and a white bottle brush tree rather than a green one.
Believe it or not, but I made two dioramas from this vintage recipe box.
I disassembled it by removing its hinges, and as I had surmised, each piece makes a perfect container for a diorama. A coat of chalk paint changed their look completely, and then I distressed and waxed them.
I added a knob to the top of each and painted the “ground” white. A bottle brush tree and wreath worked best with the otherwise black interior, and another vintage deer finished off the project.
If you’re a diorama admirer, then I hope I’ve given you some inspiration today. By assembling some interesting “containers” and cute vintage-y embellishments, like bottle brush trees and ceramic deer, you can create one of your very own.
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