I love making decorations for holidays and seasons that can be interchanged, so I came up with this simple Shadow Box Forest for Christmas and Winter. It is the perfect project to ease me into using power tools without my husband having to help me.
If you follow me at all you know that my style has gotten rather simplistic. I decided to create a forest that was simple with clean lines to add to my already existing Winter decor. Follow the directions below if you would like to make your own forest.
Here’s what you need:
Tray or piece of wood
Green paint (at least 3 different shades)
White paint (optional)
Paint brush (optional)
Start by measuring out the triangles to make the trees. I made all of mine different sizes, some are tall and skinny and some short and fat. The tallest is 7 1/2″ and the widest is 4 1/2″. Do what will work for your space or what looks good to you. I used scrap pieces of wood for this project.
I was so excited to be able to use my new BladeRunner x2 for this project. I would normally use my miter saw but this was so much quicker and easier.
I attached the shop vac to the saw to catch the saw dust. It worked like magic to keep the dust away from the blade so I could see my lines and it was really easy to attach.
I love how fast I was able to cut the trees out. I decided to start with something simple since I’m not really skilled with a saw but this project was so easy that I can’t wait to make more projects for upcoming holidays and gifts.
I have a large collection of trays so I decided to use one of them for the shadow box. You can use any tray or simply use a flat piece of wood to hold the trees. If you use a piece of wood you will need to glue them in place, with a tray you can just set them in place.
I cut out 7 trees and placed them in the tray in the arrangement I wanted. Once I knew where I wanted the trees I numbered them on the back, then lightly sanded them.
Now it’s time to paint. I wanted the wood grain to show through so I diluted the paint with water using a 1:1 ratio.
I lightly painted each tree with only one coat of paint to see the wood grain. It is more like a colored stain now.
I used paint I already had so that’s how I ended up with these colors. I really like how they look altogether. I might make more of all different colors for the mantel. At this point you could add white dots using the bottom of a paint brush to represent snow. I decided not too but it would add more color and dimension if you decide too.
You could also add some glitter to add a little sparkle if you like. It’s such a simple project but I love the impact of all the trees together.