11 – Crate shadow box snow scene

Crate shadow box Christmas snow scene with flickering firepit with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

One thing my mom always had on display every Christmas without fail, was her snow village.

The family would all join forces, and meet up at her place one evening. My brother would generally dig into the crawl space for her special holiday treasures, then unearth box after box, with everyone getting to work.

But without a doubt, the snow village had the most boxes. Every year, we’d carefully unwrap each precious little cottage to create a dreamy little winterscape on mom’s stereo cabinet.

Mom loved the snow village. But when she passed on, I was tempted to take it. But… I had no room. That village was quite an impressive collection!

And perhaps that’s why I was never drawn to collect my own. I simply didn’t have enough flat surface avail.

12 Days of Christmas 2013 via Funky Junk Interiors-011So when I became the proud owner of this sweet originally hand painted print of a red VW bug carrying a Christmas tree by Craftberry Bush, (isn’t it darling?!)  I knew I had to do something special with it. 


Every time I glanced at that adorable print, the tree kept speaking to me. What do you need little tree…

And then it hit me. I was about to land my first ever Christmas village… or rather, crate shadow box snow scene! My style. 

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
I rummaged through my stash for the perfect crate. The picture was clipped to a clipboard, then held in place with a screw. Perfect fit, with room to play down below.

What you’ll need

  • An outdoor picture you love (you can find the red bug HERE) on a clipboard.
  • Fire pit / mason jar lid, battery operated tea light, faux snow and sticks.
  • Benches / 2 branch cuts.
  • Trees / 2 branch cuts with evergreen sprigs.
  • Spray snow.
  • Plastic snow.
  • Marshmallow roasting / branches and q-tip fuzz.

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Small holes were drilled into branch cuts for the trees.

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
All set up for the winter marshmallow roast. The little tea light flickering under the plastic snow is the cutest thing!

Cute! But this didn’t feel snowy enough for what I desired.

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The crate was waxed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax (so it would be easy to clean), allowed to cure, then sprayed with spray snow.

Heavy on the bottom, graduating to lighter towards the top.

I allowed the snow to completely dry before setting it up.

Crate shadow box Christmas snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Then everything was set into place.

A battery operated tealight was placed inside the mason jar rim, plastic snow topping it to hide the tea light, then firewood. Then the rest just fell into place.

A little scrap piece of gingham fabric was torn and hung from the tree, garland / scarf style. So cute!

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Easiest picture frame in the world! My vintage clipboards were too long, so a new one won this round.

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
I’m sure if you walked into a craft store, you’d find the perfect little marshmallows and more. But when you don’t have a craft store in town, you go for the q-tips. 🙂

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
We use to gather around the big ‘ol firepit on the farm growing up. During summer, the entire family would venture over every Sunday and we’d sit on our huge front yard (dandelion filled field really) and gather around for a massive wiener roast.

There is nothing like sitting around a fire. Don’t you think it conjures up conversation like nothing else?

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

The fire pit really does give off the cutest little flickering glow under the snow!

Crate shadow box Christmas snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
This little cutie can be hung on a wall, or left on a window sill or shelf of choice. Especially cute in a dark corner with the fire pit flickering away!

This little snow scene is nowhere near as grand as my mom’s village, but I’m sure she’d be happy to know all the memories my version brings up. What would your own little memory filled shadow box crate look like?

And now for the really fun part… 

Today’s giveaway offers you a very unique shopping experience you are going to LOVE!

Edited to add: This giveaway is now over.

Crate shadow box snow scene with a picture by Craftberry Bush / on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Meet Lucy, of Craftberry Bush!

Craftberry Bush Store
Craftberry Bush on Instagram
Craftberry Bush’s blog
Craftberry Bush on Facebook
Craftberry Bush on Pinterest

I’ve known Lucy for a long time. And at long last, we finally got to meet during my Toronto trip to Blogpodium. And I was so thrilled to learn she’s every bit as amazing in person as she is online. Her heart is so beautiful, and anyone that has a chance to run into this girl is blessed indeed.

Lucy has many talents. Her Christmas home tour and photography will leave you spellbound!

But she does something extra special.

She paints.

She at times offers free desktop calendars on her blog…

But she has an extra special way she shares her love of art.

Craftberry Bush Store – visit HERE

Craftberry Bush giveaway on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Craftberry Bush giveaway on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Craftberry Bush giveaway on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Basically put, you can pick one of Lucy’s hand painted designs, then choose what you’d like it to go on! From prints, totes, pillows, iPhone cases, wallpaper, rugs, mugs, and so much more!

Genius. So genius!

Today, Lucy has generously offered a lucky reader a $100 shopping spree from her store!

Craftberry Bush giveaway on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Looooook at all the things ‘my little red car’ can go on! But I will admit, I love the print so I can do lots of things with it myself!


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Giveaway will be randomly drawn on Dec 18th, midnight EST. The winner will be published on this post, so please check back. Winner will also be emailed and given one week to respond with full shipping address. You must be over the age of 18 to enter and have a valid email. Offer good in the USA and Canada. Void where prohibited.

Disclosure / I was not compensated for this post. Lucy generously offered her talented gifts for you to enjoy! Thank-you, Lucy!

Good luck! And be sure to return for tomorrow… it’s gonna be a gutsy, scary and exciting COOL ONE many of you have waited a long looong time for. Cya then!

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  1. I would pick the Forever Tree and put it on a framed art print. I have a lot of bare walls in my house that need some decorations.

  2. Love, Love, Love the shadow box that you created.
    I am familiar with Lucy’s work and a follower of her blog and Facebook page.
    love her little rd car with the tree design and the deer pillows.

  3. I love the throw pillows. And I love the Red Christmas Bug and the Red Cardinal. Just the pop of color my room needs.

  4. Everything you do is so amazing it’s hard to decide what I like best. I do love the deer buck with winter scarf but just like most people I love the red beetle, either framed or as a pillow!

  5. My “newest” favorite is the little red Christmas beetle with the tree in back, but anything Lucy creates is simply beautiful. So simple, and original. I would be delighted with just any old thing she has painted.
    Thanks for the chance!
    Happy Holidays too.

  6. Her pillows are amazing….I love the “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” and the fall acorn with leaves one. I’d love to win something!

    All your Christmas decor creations are brilliant!

  7. I’m really torn between The Chrismas Beetle print and The Cardinal pillow. both are lovely. but Fawn with Flower Wreath is too beautiful. a pillow from it would be lovely.

    I do already follow all 3 bloggers mentioned:@mscraftberrybush, @funkjunkinteriors, and @inspiredbycharm. my username is suthnheart.

    thank you so much 🙂

  8. I like the print of the Floral Bouquet that I could frame, and the little red Bug with tree …..Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. I first saw the red VW print over at The Turqouise Home and loved it in a frame, but now that I have seen it in the pillow format I am not so sure. I also love the fawn with the floral wreath…that would be a great print for Valentine’s Day and spring!

  10. Hi Donna,
    Your crate-shadow box is darling, I love the ribbon on the little tree, it all makes me remember decorating my doll houses.

    I sure do like the red bug pillow, I would make a spot for it on my love seat, straight away.

    Warm Holiday Wishes to All


  11. Never been to Society6’s site! Fabulous items! I really like Lucy’s Wren Watercolor Wall Clock… that would be perfect for the kitchen in my new home I’m getting ready to move into.

  12. I have been a follower of Craftberry Bush for a long time. There are two pillow top covers I’d love to have…the deer with the wool scarf and the “bless my nest” cover.

  13. Love all of Craftberry Bush’s art! My favorite design is the Watercolor Nest. I’d love to have it framed and hanging on one of our walls.

  14. I don’t know which I love more–the snow owl, the deer with the scarf or the red bug with the tree on the hood. Any of them would be fine in a print!

    Love them! I would put them in our vacation rental home for others to enjoy!

  15. Lucy is certainly talented! I adore the ball jar with flowers on the shower curtain! That is what I would choose. Just beautiful art!

  16. The reindeer watercolor looks like he is about to catch snowflakes on his tongue just darling! I think a tote, so I could festively carry library books, although this might have to be all year round. 🙂

  17. Catching up on my blog reading and came across this post. I LOVE your shadow box. Love it. It is positively wonderful. I came across the print a few weeks ago (in another post I was reading, that blogger has it, too) and I’ve fallen head over heels for it. It brings up the best memories of my mom. Every time I see the picture, it brings a smile to my face. My mother loved red VW bugs & Christmas…and those two images together have made her feel VERY close this year. I need to order my print yet and I will…I’m just not interested in letting that feeling slip away!

  18. I LOVE the VW Beetle with the tree. Seriously the best print there. I would love it on a mug for my coffee and other drinks throughout the holiday season!

  19. Oh my word!! I love Craftberry Bush!! I am ordering the pillow with the Red Christmas Beetle and the Deer with plaid scarf!! I kinda want one of everything!!

  20. Rd Cardinal artwork of craftberry bush is wonderful! reminds me of my grandmother… I decorate with cardinals at Christmas because it reminds me of her. She loved them… collected figurines of them and fed them all winter long!
    thanks for the chance!
    BLESSINGS to all for a warm and wonderful Christmas!

  21. Oh my gosh..I love this site! My home is tropical/nautical Florida vintage 40’s therefore..I just love her flamingo items..BUT, because of my love of cottage/cabin because of my up bringing for Christmas I decorate in a Rustic Cabin theme..with deer, plaids etc. Therefore, I love her deer pillow with the plaid scarf.
    My mom’s first car was a bug and because of my vintage theme I just adore this print up above and the pillow is darling..so are her cups.
    I SO wish I had instagram so I could enter again. haha..I have twitter, pinterest, facebook..but, not a fancy phone.
    THANKS so much.