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New Tiny Shadowboxes (& Fairy Dust Boxes Tutorial AND Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Shanna Shands, Tim Holtz, Vintage Vagabond Kit

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has been busy doing the bidding of her bossy band of fairies and has created a variety of Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes.

The Bagatelle Boxes are so adorable! If you aren’t familiar with the term Bagatelle, it is a French word that means knick-knack, bauble, or trinket; so just imagine the possibilities of the items that could be showcased AND all of the different ways to do so! The boxes come in SIX different sizes:
1-1/2 x 3 Inches
2 x 2 Inches
2 x 3 Inches
1-1/2 x 4 Inches
3 x 3 Inches
3 x 4 Inches

I had a few ideas but the fairies were demanding and I ended up with these fairy dust shrines. Don’t they look like they just came out of a fairy godmother’s cupboard?!

They do, indeed; and magical as well! They’re fabulous!

The boxes can also accommodate various sized bottles and vials such as the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, 24mm Glass Bottle with Cork, Mini Inkwell Bottles, 2 Glass Bottles w Round Lid – 23mm Tall or the 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork. See the 4 smallest box pages for tips on which bottles fit those boxes.

If you want to create your own bit of magic, Nichola has created a (New and On Sale!) Fairy Dust Collage Sheet with lots of tiny labels for tiny bottles.

Tea and crumpets are not required to check out the Fairy Dust Bagatelle supply list, but you may want to grab a cuppa to visit Nichola and view the video tutorial on her blog!

And, check below ’cause that crazy Leslie pulled a Giveaway package full of little bottles and a set of ALL 6 Bagatelle Boxes! (And she included some extra fairy-themed collage sheets, too.)


Next up in our month of Vintage Vagabond, we have Design Team Member Shanna Shands’ Safari Hut. Shanna used background papers and images from the Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pad and Out of Africa Collage Sheet. I love the leopard looking at the map… I wonder where he’s planning a vacation…

The kit this month can be used in so many different ways. The little suitcase (or steamer trunk) strapping and hardware from the Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet inspired Shanna to create tiny little suitcases (that open like matchboxes) — and thankfully Shanna provides a tutorial for how she made them.

And those suitcases are really tiny! The scrapbook shown in the lower right of that photo is the smaller of the 2 sizes from the Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet. Shanna’s suitcase is just 1-1/2″ by 1-1/8″!

Here is the Supply List and see Shanna’s blog for more info and her tutorial! And I can’t wait to see the variety of projects during the rest of the month from the Design Team!



Hooray for the Fairy Dust Bottles Giveaway!

I started with these goodies from Nichola’s Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
– ALL 6 Bagatelle Boxes
– Miniature Bookplates Die-Cut Set (New!)
– Fairy Dust Collage Sheet (New!)
– Candlestick Holder
– 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
– Mini Inkwell Bottles

Then I added a bunch more bottles and fairy collage sheets (linked here and some repeated with photos below):
Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet
Green Fairies Collage Sheet
Pink Fairies ATCs Collage Sheet
Amber Even Tinier Bottles
– Squat Little Bottles
Tiny Round Bottles
1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles
3cm Tall Bottle with Cork

To enter the Fairy Dust Bottles Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, April 10, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with your Bagatelle Boxes. (You all had such great ideas for what to make from the Chipboard Steamer Trunk in the last Giveaway!)

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Vintage Vagabond Giveaway? That would be Linda Ellis! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Linda said “This travel theme is my cup of tea. I am definitely going to make Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” from the trunk!” Wow! I hope you do and I’d love to see it when you’re done!)

Posted by Leslie, April 9th, 2015

138 responses to “New Tiny Shadowboxes (& Fairy Dust Boxes Tutorial AND Giveaway!)”

  1. Ritva says:

    I’ll make a small coffee (or tea) shelf with tiny coffee packets and a coffee pot.

  2. Maryellen says:

    How adorable – I love the bottles and the fairy dust.

  3. June Bauernfeind says:

    My 6 year old granddaughter LOVES fairies…I would make a shadow box depicting the 12 months of the year…each one showcasing a fairy with a holiday theme for the month. A miniature pumpkin in a mini wagon for November, a mini bottle with a potion label for October, a mini rabbit for Easter, etc. She would love it!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I LOVE these! Because I have always moved so much, I think I would make these fairy packing boxes. I can just see little wrapping papers stuffed into boxes, with tiny jars and picture frames, etc. poking out, as if the fairies are packing or unpacking from a major move…..(after all, I assume even fairies look around and find a better bush to live under…..)

  5. MaryAnn Smith says:

    Love these. I would use them to design mini collage boxes for wedding table markers.

  6. Donna Meyers says:

    How can you still come up with even more wonderful ideas. Fairies are my special treat to myself and all that goes with them. Hope you pick me. Thank you for such great ideas.

  7. OMG I LOVE THESE I make collages all the time I would definitely make mini ones

  8. Joelle Platz says:

    Oooh… I am having several thoughts- LOVE THESE! one is to cut a canvas and affix the box in the cutout for a 3D effect and paint a landscape for the little mouse/gnome/fairy house. Such neat stuff- and I love the little bottles.

  9. Juniper says:

    I’d make Fairy-World Portals….I think it would be so magickal and fun to gift these to some special friends!!!

  10. Amanda says:

    I love the fairy dust boxes!!!I think I would make something similar.Its to cute.

  11. Jean Marmo says:

    I love the fairy dust boxes! I know someone who would adore this so I would make one for her!

  12. Rise St Arno says:

    Fairies, elves and water babies, oh my.

    I would make fantasy and magical bottle collections!

  13. Jennie says:

    I’d make tiny shrines to the crafting gods and goddesses. Maybe one to each type of medium? A shrine to the Goddess of Beads. One to the God of Crochet. One to the Muse of Stitchers. The list could go on forever!

  14. Jaimie Sander says:

    Oh my goodness,these are so cute! I recently found tiny dragons at a local craft store,and thought they would be adorable in a bottle or cork topped vial,which would look equally adorable in these mini boxes!!! The bottle alone is so tiny,it needs something to house it! Thanks for the opportunity to enter for the giveaway,and thank you for the wonderful ideas!

  15. OMG I would love to win this fabulous collection of faery and pixie treasures! I would definitely make a special faery charm/medicine cupboard from the various components.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. phoebe diamond says:

    Awesome! I love the size of the boxes.

  17. Susan says:

    Definitely would use these in our fairy garden!

  18. Noreen Johnson says:

    Love the boxes.

  19. lynn says:

    ohh my
    I adore anything in miniature and would love to make little shrine cabinets out of them… with feet made of beads or crystals… featuring our Blessed Mother
    as always thank you for all the inspiration and the chance to win..xoxo

  20. Lisa R. says:

    Ok… I gotta win this one lol!!! I LOVE FAE!!! Fairies are beautiful! If I won I would make a forest theme with each box would have a fairy home with a theme for each! Fingers crossed!!!! LOL pick me pick me!!!!

  21. oh this would all be perfect with my Faeries here in my art room. I draw and paint the little Faeries and even have a Faerie garden. Perfect and y’all are the best for sharing xo

  22. Cocoa says:

    This I would love to get my hands on! This is a darling giveaway!

  23. Jen R says:

    I have some tiny frozen charlotte dolls just begging to be made into fairies who will live in these beautiful homes I would make from this giveaway.

  24. Beth Davis says:

    I would make mixed media collages/assemblages! I would probably use vintage photographs of people in the collages. I hope I win!

  25. kim says:

    I want to make a tiny fairy garden for each season…or at least Summer with a mini swimming pool….Thanks for a chance!~kim

  26. Pat Shaw says:

    I just love love these fairy dust bottles. What fun!! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize.

  27. kimberly says:

    …maybe little secret doors with surprizes behind them?!

  28. Tami Roth says:

    What an amazing collection! I would turn them into a vintage button and thimble mixed media group with old trim.

  29. Sue Young says:

    I would make art fairy dust for all my artist friends!!! Fun fun fun!

  30. LeAnn says:

    I love the fairy bottle idea so I would most likely do that. I would also make a Halloween themed box because that is my favorite holiday.

  31. Debbie Kaste says:

    I love these cute boxes! I’d make a little shadowbox garden with the sweet fairies for a friend of mine who loves to garden. Thanks much for the chance to win your generous give away!

  32. Winnie says:

    Why do you do this to me! So many ideas so little time. I think I would make them into table setting place cards. For at tea or birthday party!

  33. Marilyn H says:

    I am drooling over this giveaway. I would more than likely use the boxes to create miniature scenes.

    The artwork shown if jaw-dropping.

  34. Pauline Rohrmann says:

    Another fabulous giveaway that I would love to win This fan amazing collection of fairy and pixie treasures I’ll be sure to put to good use!

  35. Ruth Anna says:

    My fairy garden could use some bagatelles. I would make little cabinets of fairy dust for my fairy dolls.

  36. Sunny says:

    It just amazes me how you take ordinary objects and turn them into such magical things.

  37. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Send the Fairy Giveaway to me, please.

  38. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I love this…..I am a box freak…….love them.

  39. Noreen says:

    I hadn’t heard of bagatelle boxes.. it’s a great way to display fairy dust bottles and other tiny fairy treasures.

  40. Lorna E. says:

    Love Shanna’s safari hut! And I think those bagatelle boxes would become display cabinets for the Fen and Fae Travelling Emporium.

  41. KIM says:

    Loving the teeny tiny bottles.
    Hope I have this giveaway all “BOTTLED UP”.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  42. Melanie says:

    Love the bagatelle boxes – would make a mini magic potion box.

  43. Brigitte B. says:

    I’d turn the boxes into fairy garden beds of sheet moss, paper flowers and hidden amongst toadstools- the tiny bottles of fairy dust. Thank you for the giveaway!

  44. I would love to win this fairy kit! I would use the supplies to create store fronts for my fairy garden town that I made with my nieces!

  45. Karen says:

    Love all the little bottles and the boxes would be fun to create little fairy scenes with tiny bugs, mushrooms, and flowers.

  46. Patti Flasch says:

    Wonderful kit! I make Halloween art year round, but I am getting a little tired of spooky stuff. I think these boxes would be great for Halloween; I have already completed some lighted mason jars with different masks inside. I think the fairies would look great displayed with them.

  47. Gina Growe says:

    Ahhhh fairies…they aren’t all good you know. I’d make a bad fairy box set to go in my Halloween scheme for October….could also do a nice little zombie am vampire fairies theme…come with me to the dark side where we have have chocolate fairy tea cakes made with real fairies….bwahahahaha

  48. UGH I can’t stand it these are so stinkin’ CUTE! I hope my fairy god mother sprinkles with my name on it!

  49. Charlene says:

    I’d make tiny fairy “how to” books with all the bottles and supplies included. So cute.

  50. Danielle C. says:

    I’d love to make some fairy boxes with my niece! 🙂

  51. Traci says:

    I love this giveaway-I would be thrilled to win. I would love to make something to hold all my little tiny miniature cat items.

  52. Carol Feiner says:

    I would make a series of tiny woodland scenes like the one with the mushrooms at the top of the page. Don’t eat the red mushrooms!

  53. Jen C says:

    This fairy bottle set is officially my favorite giveaway package yet! I would use the boxes to create a street of shop front windows.

  54. Papercraftgoddess says:

    I made a miniature koi pond (with Koi!) out of clay. With the 3×4, I would have paper tole pagodas far off in the distant, a lovely geisha in contemplation at the pond-seated on a bench, with a seat made from a mini bookplate-surrounded by alpha stamps cherry blossom garland (of which I have much!) just to name a few. Ty for the chance to win, my creative friends!!

  55. Emily N. says:

    I love these little boxes! All kinds of ideas coming into my head!

  56. Dawn says:

    What a great giveaway, I would have to make bottles of fairy dust for my fairies, and possibly an armoire to store them in.

  57. Leah Fein says:

    Oh. Thank you for this giveaway. I want to make tiny wardrobes to Narnia.

  58. I think I’ll do a green fairy apothecary and spa theme!

  59. linda lee says:

    OMG SO cute! I would make them in to teeny tiny shrines for the fairy folk!

  60. Rick Bromley says:

    These are great! I would make a series of Halloween themed boxes such as black cats with potions and magical dust, to tombstones and skeletons with vials filled with magical dirt.

  61. Birgit says:

    I have collected some nice little treasures over the years. The boxes would be lovely to display them. 🙂

  62. M. C. Sparks says:

    I want to make a fantasy apothecary shop shadow box!

  63. Lana says:

    Oh so many fun and creative ideas are swirling around in my head…hope I win this giveaway, for sure!

  64. Michelle Salazar says:

    I have of Great Niece who swears that fairies live at my house as I keep her up today on their comings and going oh the joy of having fairy boxes added to our magical moments what a wonderful and happy thought!

  65. Mary Helene says:

    Just love the embellishments with this great giveaway.

  66. Gail Gill says:

    Great boxes and I love love love fairies. I would put pictures of family with little fairies sprinkling dust on them to make my loved ones even more special then they already are.

  67. Sandy says:

    What a spectacular kit, I believe in fae!

  68. Lori D. says:

    I adore this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  69. Linda Hughes says:

    It’s WONDERFUL!!! I would love to have this kit!

  70. Janet Turner says:

    I always love to get your giveaway info. You have such inspiring ideas!

  71. Stefanie says:

    Ooh – love the fairy shrines!! I would make little altars for Beltane (May Day) to celebrate spring :o)

  72. Ginette says:

    Love that kit

  73. Susan M. L. says:

    If I won, I would have to send the boxes to my sister so that she would have enough boxes to complete her 12 month holiday fairy themed shadow box. I’d love to see what she would come up with!

  74. Anne Marie F. says:

    I would make mermaid fairy boxes using lovely blues and greens with a pinch of salmon and pink.

  75. Denise Humenik says:

    magic in one’s life is important! And this is magical! thank you

  76. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway! With all the bottles and lables and boxes I would make a Halloween apothecary!

  77. teri steele says:

    I just love these cute ideas. I have a very healthy obsession with little boxes that started in 3rd grade and boxes scatter every room of my house. I always find all sorts of cool goodies in them. I definitely cant wait to make something with these!

  78. barbara macaskill says:

    Fairies, boxes and bottles in one giveaway?!?! Oh my! Be still my ever loving heart! Magical doesn’t begin to describe how marvelous this is! I would definitely be making lots of fairy themed Bagatelle boxes using lots and lots of bottles and fairy wings to add to my fairy land that I am planning to add to my Fairy garden! Then I would have to use the extra bottles to add even more fairy dust to the fairy garden! The possibilities are endless and magical! Wishing I had a magic wand to make these goodies appear on my doorstep right now! May Fairy dust light your way and all your wishes come true!

  79. Helen says:

    I would make a beautiful cabinet to hold fairy dust. I would also make tiny shadow boxes full of fairy magic for my 5 granddaughters! Beautiful giveaway, thank you!

  80. Karen says:

    I would clip the bagatelle boxes together and make a storage organizer. Paint them with chalk paint.

  81. Christine V says:

    I would just love to put these bagatelle curio boxes with the little vials (love the ink shaped vial)all fitted into a shadow box. The theme would be perfumes or a French perfume boutique & I would put in the gorgeous little perfume trial bottles that my great grandmother used to receive from the fancy department stores. Those were the days when they waited on you as if you were a perfect lady! Adding the new vials with hand made fake perfume labels to fill up the remaining spaces. Imagine all those bagatelles fully covered with small printed beautiful papers and teeny velvet bows wrapped around the bottle necks, and, and, well imagine!

  82. Kathy says:

    Love the fairydust bottles! Awesome giveaway!

  83. Lori Wilczek says:

    OMG! Great giveaway!! The Bagatelle boxes will fantastic fairy shadowboxes.

  84. Retta says:

    I would love to make some of the “fairy dust” holders. What a wonderful group!

  85. DianeD says:

    Beautiful! Would be a great gift for my granddaughter.

  86. orianna says:

    boxes without topses-what fun

  87. Roxanne says:

    Love these sweet boxes….I think I would like to make them into circus style travel trailers…each would carry a different sweet animal and their special accessories, maybe I’d even cage a few trainers as well. 🙂

  88. Victoria K says:

    Super cute! My two year old daughter would go nuts for fairy dust bottles!! The ‘sleep fairy’ has been visiting and leaving sequins and presents! So much fun! I just need to find time to make them! Good luck everyone!

  89. Jo Ellen says:

    My fairies are demanding new houses!!!!!

  90. Lou Anne H. says:

    These are adorable-I would make a mini mermaid scene.

  91. Cathy smith says:

    So so cute!

  92. Daylan says:

    Pixie dust forever! Thank you again!

  93. Arlene Groepper says:

    Is the fairy dust lucky!!!

  94. Carol Slowik says:

    Oh my, so many boxes…so little time. Too many ideas to list. I LOVE THESE!!! Please and thank you.

  95. Lorrilee says:

    I love these boxes. How is it that each new project/product is something I NEED to have? I just finished dressing a fairy doll, and would use the boxes to house her and some of her goodies.

  96. Marjan says:

    Loved Nichola’s tutorial!I would use the boxes as the special place for the tooth fairy to keep the teeth she collected (from my granddaughters).In the little bottles with some fairy dust, of course.

  97. Pam W says:

    I love miniatures, shadow boxes and fairies.

  98. Brenda lubrant says:

    So much fun things in this giveaway. Who does not like fairies?

  99. Susan Laura says:

    I would make fairy houses for my garden pots.

  100. Michelle says:

    There are so many possibilities here.

    I have been waiting to make a shadowbox piece called, “digging in the dirt,” which has to do with memory and it’s psychological impact.

    Similarly, I’ve been waiting to make a shadowbox piece which includes a hanging light bulb. (The rounder bottles remind me of lightbulbs.)

    As for the other boxes, I would use them to organize my studio until inspiration stuck.

    The tiny bottles are wonderful. I would use them to contain… magic. 🙂 (“Bottled emotions” also come to mind.)

    The frames I am likely to use as stencils. The thickness of the chipboard will hold its’ weight thus allowing them to be used repeatedly for the kinds of media I use in my work. (Which are rich and varied.) If I were forced to make a decision RIGHT-NOW about incorporating them into something permanent, I would use them as windows, probably in cityscapes.

    I love how down to earth and hearty these items are. Because they’re such raw materials, I could really use them for anything. I love working with and on wood, which has the same sort of hearty structure as these boxes. This is a giveaway that I’d love to win. Please count me in.

  101. Beth says:

    Now I will finally be able to organize and display all those piles of fairy dust that have been accumulating!

  102. Kristie says:

    I love the fairy boxes. What fun!

  103. I would love to do a Cabinet of Curiosities. Maybe creating with little mini scientific and biologic treasures. That would be really fun.

  104. Lina says:

    Adorable! Tiny Fairy dioramas!

  105. Linda K says:

    Oh, I would make fairy dioramas, of course 🙂

  106. cathrine bolin says:

    Oh my what a lovely package of fairy goodies!

  107. Madonna Pincus says:

    For my granddaughter’s 16th birthday, I am in the process of making one regular size cigar box into a standing clock and a small cigar box (4×5″) to stand in front of the larger box/clock on which to seat the “Time Flies” art doll I have made from Barbara Willis’ pattern. Both boxes will open and have shelves and smaller boxes in them. I hope she will use it to store her small treasures. Thanks for the chance to win some of your great goodies.

  108. Debra Gibson says:

    I would love to win this one ! I would make fairy scenes and scatter the bottles around as if the fairies were busy collecting the dust it would be so magical!!!! So fun !!

  109. jennifer j says:

    I <3 these so much. I would love to make a mini study filled with books bottles and clutter for fairies or borrowers.

  110. Jackie Barth says:

    I am making a fairy garden and home that these would be perfect in. Hope I win!

  111. Regina Salvador says:

    This is a great package, perfect for shrines!

  112. Carmen Willis says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  113. Lynn fox says:

    Love love love these darling little boxes. If I won (but I probably won’t) I think I’d have to try a steam punk flavored design.

  114. Marcia kaiser says:

    i sweat glitter but I love fairy dust!

  115. Nancy S says:

    I love the bagatelle boxes. I’d make vignettes sculpting paper flowers and insects.

  116. Luanne Shoup says:

    I just love the tiny bottles…..luv potions come to mind!

  117. Jackie from NY says:

    OMGosh how fun!! I would absolutely make two or three of these along with tiny fairies to sit in with the special bottles of fairy dust! I love this giveaway!

  118. Leanna Alverson says:

    I love fairies! I would make a fairy shadowbox for my desk so I could enjoy it all day long!

  119. Kate says:

    the fairy dust bottles are adorable! I think I will make fairy dust bottles for my daughters-for sleeping dust to help them when they can’t fall asleep at night!

  120. Dena Cottrell says:

    I love fairies! I’m making a moss covered fairy garden outside with the little bench you have. I would make make little fairy scenes. Each scene featuring a different fairy and different flowers that they would be tending. I would paint them with light chalk paint and create a small “pond” in the longer box with Lilly pads and little frogs hopping off in mid air.

  121. Andrew Francesconi says:

    Love those little bottles and all your miniature supplies.

  122. penny-sue wolfe says:

    Oh the possibilities are endless! I think I would make an assemblage scene of curiosities!

  123. Dana Cavanaugh says:

    My sister’s birthday is coming up and she loves fairies. I’d love to make her a fairy bagatelle box!

  124. Mary C. says:

    What a gorgeous assortment of goodies! I would love to make a tiny Tinkerbelle display for my niece, who adores Peter Pan.

  125. Kay p says:

    hmmm. Think I’d make the mad hatters tea party table in the woods!!!!

  126. DebR says:

    Wonderful new projects and a great giveaway, thank you so much!

  127. Joan says:

    Just wonderful and magical. My fairies would love all those goodies.

  128. Sara says:

    Who doesn’t love fairies?? Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!!

  129. Mary Mac says:

    I would put all the boxes together and make a fairy store filled with all the little things fairies love and close it with a garden gate. What fun.

  130. LoisC says:

    Love these! My first thought for projects would was mini Halloween shadow boxes for my sister. It’s her favorite holiday and they’d fit in all the small spots among her other decorations.

  131. Kim Lucak says:

    So many wonderful possibilities!!!

  132. kelli martin says:

    I have some teeny tiny gnomes that are about an inch tall. These would make wonderful tiny shadowboxes!

  133. Tanya says:

    What a fun giveaway!

  134. Sylvia L. says:

    The tiny suitcases are so neat. I think I’d arrange some Spring-y dried flowers in the box with a gate in front.

  135. chark says:

    I’m thinking tiny little libraries with tiny books.

  136. Pat Houck says:

    I love these boxes. I would use them to make mini shadowboxes.

  137. Anastasia Daskaloudi says:

    I would make shadowboxes