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Tiny Diorama Boxes & Little Ghouls Swap Winner!

Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Teri Calia

Oh my! Look at those fabulous ATCs by prize winner Laurie Davis! What lucky ducks will get one of those in the swaps (that have just mailed out, so keep a look out for your package). See all the artwork in the Gallery.


Tinsel Rain Christmas by Kristin Batsel

Kristin made an adorable shadowbox, using the new Tiny Diorama Box: A flat, laser-cut chipboard shape (with folds pre-scored) to fold together a miniature vintage ornament box. Finished size is approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (scaled down from an actual box). 1″ deep.

It looks perfect, sitting with 2 vintage boxes in the photo below.

You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but here’s how you can get the the same look of one with some supplies from Alpha Stamps: a Tiny Diorama Box and A Very Merry Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad. I used paper from the pad for both the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements of some of the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.

Read more in Kristin’s blog post (including a mini tutorial on how she replicated the vintage look) and/or see everything from her supply list.


TWO Diorama Box Ornaments by Teri Calia

Aw… how cute it this?! Not only did Teri make a new collage sheet (with miniatures of 2 different vintage ornament boxes, resized to fit the front (and sides) of the Tiny Diorama Box) but she also made 2 ornaments!

A BIG THANKS goes to Kristin Batsel who was kind enough to photograph her vintage ornament boxes for me! After getting my hands on a hard copy of said collage sheet, I proceeded to craft my heart out and produced two little ornament box ornaments. They are decorated both front and back. I think they are pretty darn cute and will look adorable hanging on a Christmas tree!

Read more (and see more photos) in Teri’s blog post. And here’s a link to her supply list.


Wow! ANOTHER ornament made with the Tiny Diorama Box! This Vintage Christmas Box is by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!

The new box is quite sturdy and it’s a fun size to work with. It’s not itty bitty so those who don’t work in miniature will undoutedly find it relatively easy to work with

Some Wired Pine Needle Stem accents the opening of the frame. For some added chilly winter effect I applied some Twinklets Diamond Dust to berries.

The paper used on the box is Vintage Christmas Snowglobes Scrapbook Paper and the Santa image is from the Snug In Their Beds Collage Sheet.

A tiny bit of organza ribbon and additional glitter to finish it off, and I’m ready to tackle winter (not really… but lets just pretend I’ve got it together).

See more photos in Nichola’s blog post.

EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Supply List is on sale!

Posted by Leslie, November 12th, 2017

64 responses to “Tiny Diorama Boxes & Little Ghouls Swap Winner!”

  1. Linda Blakesley says:

    I am so excited about the Tiny Diorama Box and the Very Merry 6×6 paper pad. I am always looking for supplies to make vintage looking ornaments for my ‘vintage’ sisters. These will be perfect!

  2. Love this Tiny Diorama Box! It would be so neat to use some of my old family vintage pictures and glitter & such.

    I really like using old tins for shadow boxes and this would be a new spin on it.


  3. Barb macaskill says:

    I am swooning over these vintage box dioramas! If I won this giveaway I would make a diorama of deer and other critters in the forest, preparing their tree for the big night! So cool!
    Congratulations Barb A. On being the winner for the Snowglobe giveaway! I am excited for you but also super jealous! 🙂

  4. Suellen Maloney says:

    Love this size! Perfect for ornaments and big enough for my big fat fingers to work with. I make ornaments for my friends every year. This will be my go-to this year!

  5. Carla says:

    Love the diorama boxes…. I see vintage ornaments!

  6. Amy says:

    I adore these. Perfect project for a snowy evening. So sweet.

  7. Emily N says:

    Love dioramas! I’d make something with pics of my ancestors.

  8. Peg says:

    I would make an ornament. I love these vintage look boxes so many uses for this diorama box too. But Christmas vintage ornaments are my first love. Would love to win this! Thanks for the chance

  9. Jill says:

    Love this, I would either do a mini Santa Xmas scene or a nativity scene.

  10. Winnie says:

    These are very cute! I would try a vintage scene with a sleigh.

  11. Jan K says:

    Definitely a vintage ornament! They are sooo cute!

  12. Jo says:

    I love these diorama boxes! They are the perfect size – you could even make them into fancy Christmas cards!

  13. Barb A says:

    Thank you for drawing my name in the snow globe giveaway!!! I’m so excited, can’t wait to start playing! I love the vintage boxes and anything Christmas, throw in minis and it’s a recipe for happiness!

  14. Ina Good says:

    Wow these are adorable I would make a winter themed one with iceskaters fromher other collage sheetI had purchased.

  15. Luanne Shoup says:

    What a great idea for an old vintage box!

  16. Deborah T says:

    These are adorable! Love them! I would make these ornaments to add to my vintage silver tinsel Christmas tree!

  17. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness – how delightful! I love these. I would make something similar!

  18. Cg says:

    I almost fell out when I saw the diorama boxes with the old Timey and labels! I love them so much that I’m ordering them so if I win here… Well, you can just slide them in and send them on! LOL love all the examples!

  19. Cynthia Penney says:

    I just love the vintage little boxes. I have a lot of vintage Christmas smalls that I would incorporate with all the Alpha Stamp goodies. What a great giveaway!!

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d make a special ornament! I’d use some mini ornaments that I’d incorporate in with some pretty papers and embellishments!

  21. Laura says:

    That tiny diorama box is so cute! I think it would make lovely gifts for family. Maybe with an old family holiday picture inside.

  22. Rebecca R. says:

    love this! I would make Santa’s work shop!

  23. Laural says:

    My Christmas floor as a child..I remember these. I have a mini tree and would love to make them for my adult children.

  24. barbj says:

    The Christmas box would be a great little decoration for my granddaughter’s room. I would make the theme a Christmas tree with ornaments and maybe a couple of real candy canes.

  25. Noreen says:

    I would like to make a Santa /Christmas tree scene, with fireplace, stockings and all.

  26. Dennis L says:

    “Groovin'” on the vintage look, mostly because I can be considered “vintage”. Would follow Kristin’s lead and keep it looking like something from my childhood.

  27. Sandy says:

    These boxes are soooo cute!! I will make them as Christmas tokens for my family so I have to buy quite a few of them. So excited.
    Merry Christmas to you all.

  28. Karen Mallory says:

    Too cute! I love mini scenes and would make an ornament for the tree!

  29. LeAnn says:

    A winter woods scene would be fun.

  30. Lynn Fox says:

    I love the diorama! Teri’s remind me of my childhood, so I’d like to make those! Just spectacular and nostalgic! Merry Christmas!

  31. Kathryn says:

    These are some of the best vintage ideas I have seen so far. This would be so much fun to do for myself and my best friend. My online dollhouse group is doing 1950’s this weekend and this just fits with that!

  32. Kat Cashwell says:

    Such acute box!!! Love miniature stuff! I might make night before Christmas !!🎄🎄🎄⛄️⛄️⛄️

  33. Kimberly says:

    My brother and I love Shiny Brite vintage items. I would make a mini retro ornament box 🎁

  34. Debbie S. says:

    I too love the vintage nostalgic. Would try to make similar. As for the extra trees, maybe a snow globe or putz house scene. Congrats to Barb A. As always thanks for the chance to win. TFS

  35. I love the tiny diorama boxes. Would like to make a Chriistmas
    Box filled with my childhood memories.

  36. TONYA McWilliams says:

    I’d use them for scenery or holiday themes.

  37. Dee L Neff says:

    I love all things tiny and Christmas! Tiny diorama boxes are the bomb. I would make a visiting Santa display in mine.

  38. Vera Collier says:

    Definitely want to make some of the vintage Christmas diorama boxes. I love the look of these!

  39. Susan M L says:

    Loved all the Halloween dioramas! Would like to use this giveaway to make a display for a photo of my hubby when he was 4 years old and sitting on Santa’s lap. The year was 1946.

  40. Sylvia L says:

    I have some acrylic sheets left over from a doll house, and am wondering if I could do a snow globe- type scene. Lots of possibilities!

  41. Debi H. says:

    Love the vintage style craft idea! Would be so thrilled to win and make it!!

  42. Lisa says:

    What a great diorama!! So many themes!! Hard to pick!! Circus or tiny saint shrine!! Tiny saint Mary!! I have one and she’d look perfect in it!!

  43. Christi says:

    I will make Christmas ornaments to give to my family!

  44. Judy Goodwin says:

    These diorama boxes would be great to use as ornaments on the tree.

  45. Janet Turner says:

    I love boxes! These diorama boxes would make great mantle decortions.

  46. Chrissie Diller says:

    I was just visiting a museum that had tiny dioramas that had been created many years ago to illustrate stories to carry from village to village. It would be fun to illustrate a scene from a Christmas tale with the supplies on this list!

  47. Cheryl Lee says:

    I love love love these! I would be a terrible copycat and make one like Kristin did with the little retro elves. I have some of those elves already just waiting for somewhere to go! They are adorable! Love all your retro papers too. Congrats to BarbA!! Enjoy your snowglobe!!

  48. Traci says:

    Everything is so cute. I love the little diorama boxes-I would make a similar style. >^..^<

  49. Carol Slowik says:

    Oh how I LOVE Nichola’s ornament! Mine will be vintage as well. I am drawn to vintage and Christmas!

  50. sheila AR says:

    A tiny Diorama ornie is calling to be made–actually, several of them. Love these ideas, and the new collage sheet is incredible with all the vintage packaging! Now in festive mode and need to start playing!

  51. Nancy E says:

    I just love the mini Diorama’s . I think I’d do the tinsel one. I just love putting tinsel on the tree as a child!

  52. Jessica says:

    I’d make a mini doll-ornament box!

  53. Deborah Cox says:

    How cute are these! I’d make a forest winter scene with deer and a Christmas tree.

  54. Gretchen says:

    I think a cut away view of a small funny polymer bug eating your box
    Of holiday candy would be a funny ornament with
    This little box

  55. Julie Abercrombie says:

    How darling are these?! I’ve tried making my own but it hasn’t worked out very nice so far! Now I won’t have to! I have a “Peace Angel” diorama in my head all ready to go! Plus a few others!

  56. Michelle says:

    Love these! Not sure what kind of diorama I would make, some kind of Ornament for the tree, maybe a small family of bears with a Chrismas tree in a snowy scene.

  57. K Toews says:

    Those little boxes are so cute. I will make one from my childhood.

  58. what a cute idea. I love vintage ornaments

  59. Teresa Raines says:

    I have been searching for a way to make the little ornament boxes. I am so excited to discover that you have them!

  60. Linda Maher says:

    Can’t wait to make one of these! Too cool.

  61. Mary Mac says:

    It would be all about Christmas. Would love a little tree with presents.

  62. Maggy says:

    The diorama box ornaments are adorable! I’m in a group of arty folks who help support a local homeless shelter. For our December meeting we exchange handmade Christmas ornaments. I’ve been mulling over mine for several months now (seriously as there are some superior artists in the group!) and just like that you’ve given me the best idea ever! I’m going to make a couple of these which are so different than doing a scene in a glass ornament, which can be quite fun, but are common. Thank you for posting these for us to see. Peace.

  63. Adrienne says:

    O.M.G. The boxes Kristen made are perfect for my aluminum Christmas tree (complete with spinning color wheel). I would replicate them exactly! Love the retro stuff. Wait, if I remember them from my childhood, does that make ME retro? Yikes.