I spend an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest because I personally find scrolling through all the pretty pictures and projects very soothing. The other day I came across a project where you create a twinkle lights shadow box display for festive holiday decor. I thought it was so pretty and I knew I already had some bottle brush trees I had dyed for my Hanukkah display last year. But I wasn’t thrilled by how expensive their version was. So I put together a much less expensive way to create a similar display and I think it turned out beautifully!
For this project you are going to need a wooden crate and colored paper, all of which I purchased at my local craft store. Then I bought some dark bronze spray paint from Home Depot, and the 15′ aurora lights are from Anthropologie. I already had the fake snow and bottlebrush trees (can be found at any craft store) and I own a glue gun and staple gun which I also used in this project. I had already dyed my bottlebrush trees but if you are doing this from scratch you can use this tutorial to do it yourself.
The first thing I did was spray paint the box and let it dry. Then I hot glued the scrapbooking paper to the back and the other two sides of what becomes the display. You don’t have to do this part if you don’t want to because the grey wood actually looked really beautiful, but I decided to go ahead with the paper because I had already purchased it and figured, why not.
Next I added the “snow” and trees. I didn’t bother to glue the snow or the trees because they stayed pretty nicely just as they were.
Next I unwrapped the twinkle lights. The smallest length I could find was 15′ which was kind of really long! If you can find 6-10 feet then I would suggest it but if 15 is all you can find go ahead and use them. I carefully draped the wire around the trees and stapled the tops of the loops to the top of the box.
Because the crate already had a space on top I strung the lights through there, but if you decide to make a box, just cut a hole in the wood and add the lights from there.
Here is a picture of the finished box! If I were more type A I would nail in the staples so you couldn’t see them, but when the box is displayed you can barely see them, so I didn’t waste my time.
I love how it turned out and compared to the original it only ended up being about half as much! If you really love this project but still don’t want to pay as much for it, wait until the after Christmas sales and I bet you can find the copper twinkle lights on sale. You can also find a shorter silver (not copper) strand that is battery operated HERE. The one I used is a plug-in.