DIY: Tinsel Tree Photo Box Diorama

Updated: December 7, 2016 Mpix Support DIY, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Home Decor



Hot glue gun

utility knife


Drill (optional)

Wire cutters (optional)



Old tin or wooden box

Tinsel garland

Small Prints

1- Bamboo skewer

1- 1.4 inch (35mm) foam ball

Scrap fabric 3×3 inch (optional)

Card stock or file folder (optional)

Thread or string (optional)

Wire, yarn, or ribbon (optional)

Spray paint (optional)

Choose a box or tin large enough to accommodate your photo.

If using an old tin, you may want to spray paint it, drill a couple holes in the top, and put wire through it to make it possible to hang. Tins are great because the lid makes it easy to gift wrap or just tie a ribbon around it sans wrapping.

Cut your bamboo skewer to match the height of your box with wire cutters or scissors.

Using the utility knife, cut the foam ball in half and push the skewer to the center of the half sphere of foam. Mark bottom of the skewer where it meets the foam and pull the skewer out of the foam.

Put a dab of hot glue above the pencil line and attach the start of your garland. Be sure to let your glue completely harden.

Tightly wrap garland around your skewer, consolidating the garland by pushing towards the bottom but not overlapping the core of the garland. Continue wrapping garland around skewer to the top (it can be less dense towards the top). Put another dab of hot glue on the end of skewer and wrap garland into it.

Cut off garland (if there is wire in the core of your garland it might be best to use wire cutters over scissors).

Hold tree over trash and trim it with scissors so that the top is narrow and tapers out to the wide base.

Put a dab of hot glue on the hole in the foam and push the skewer back in.



Cut a circle out of a scrap of fabric then slice a straight line in the center of your circle. Wrap fabric around the base of your tree and hot glue the fabric to the foam.


(optional) Star:
Cut two stars out of cardstock or a file folder and hot glue onto the top of the tree (this can help mask any untidiness at the top of the tree).

(optional) Tiny gifts:
Fold boxes out of cardstock or a file folder and glue them together with hot glue. Tie a string around the boxes to finish them off with a pretty bow.

Finishing touches:
Go ahead and glue everything into place on the bottom of the box. We recommend using foam dots or magnets to mount your photo (or Holiday Card) to the back of the box.


One Response to “DIY: Tinsel Tree Photo Box Diorama”

  1. December 19, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    Where did you find the handy wood box? I cannot find something like it.

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