Friday, December 5, 2014

Dollar Store's Stacking Christmas Boxes Lighted Diorama

I love crafting with dollar store items. I found the cutest holiday boxes and thought how adorable they would be stacked on top of one another. And then, I decided to make the boxes into lighted dioramas using items from the dollar store.

Making dioramas is a wonderful way of creating holiday or themed scenes in a small space.

Here's how:

1.  I started with three graduated boxes and LED 10-light sets from the $ store.

2.  Then I cut out the front, leaving the tops on.

3.  Next, painted the red interiors white and then painted the sides of the boxes light blue. 
4.  Sprinkled white glitter on the wet paint for a sparkling snowy effect.
5.  Punched 10 random holes in the back using first, an exacto knife and then a small pair of scissors to enlarge the holes.

6.  Pushed lights into the back of the boxes and glued the battery packs to back.
7.  Added loose fake snowflakes on bottom and placed items around for a holiday-wintry scene.



What a fun way to display a holiday message.
These adorable lighted Christmas dioramas will add a holiday glow to any d├ęcor!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!


  1. Gail, this is so beautiful. I've never seen something like this before. Very creative.

  2. What a cute idea! I could see some children staring at these with amazement!

  3. Oh I would never in bazillion years thought to do that with those boxes! I love it Gail! I think this would be a fun project to do with Jacob and I'm going to try to find some of those boxes for next year. Awesome project!

  4. This is very creative and soooo fun!! Love it!

  5. What a fun project Gail! The scenes in each box are so sweet. Fabulous!

  6. What a fun idea and your boxes are just adorable!

  7. These would have captivated me as a kid, and I'm sure they would do the exact same now.

  8. Wow! You're so creative! This is such a unique project for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  9. You are too clever! What a cute idea Gail. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thats adorable Gail....what fun craft to display those beautiful tiny treasures everyone always has for the holidays!

  11. Very creative, Gail! My mind is swirling with possibilities now....Halloween...Christmas....Easter....July 4.... Great job, and thank you for your inspiration! Merry Christmas to you! Catherine :)

  12. What a great idea this is for highlighting special objects! Almost like looking into those sugar Easter eggs to see the diorama but yours are even better. You are so very creative!

  13. This is such an adorable and thrifty idea! Thank you for sharing with Happiness is Homemade!

  14. Love this! Would like to make it for my granddaughter...what dollar store did you find the boxes and lights? I am 30 miles between 2 different dollar store s and want to make sure I head in the right direction the first Thank you!

    1. I hope you see this - you show up as a no-reply. Dollar tree had everything I used except the snow. Last time I was there, the boxes were gone. You might have to wait until next year or just use any boxes you come across or try the craft stores.

  15. Cutest thing ever!! It's like they have their own little home:) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love it. A pity we do not have a dollar store in South Africa. I am sure I could find all the items in other shops. Hopefully.


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