Christmas Tree Diorama

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I’m kind of sad….It’s the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. I’ve had such a great time creating and exploring new ideas and sharing them with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too. Today our theme is Christmas Trees, so I’m sharing a Christmas tree diorama I made. My regular Christmas tree decor hasn’t changed much over the last few years so I thought I would do a different kind of tree. A miniature Christmas tree scene.

Christmas Display

 

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Gnomes are hugely popular right now so I got thinking about using miniatures to create a Christmas scene. After all Santa is gnome-like and magical, right? Here’s what I did….

Christmas Tree Diorama Supplies

 

  • Paper mache Christmas Tree
  • 1/2 yard of muslin
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Green Spray Paint
  • Fake snow flakes
  • Varnish
  • Spray adhesive
  • Cake stand
  • Dry moss
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Miniature Christmas lights
  • Miniatures and small items. I got several of my items in the dollhouse section of the craft store.
  • Hot Glue Gun

Paper Mache Tree and Paint


Christmas Tree Diorama Instructions

 

  • First I cut a doorway into the paper mache tree.

Doorway in Paper Mache Tree

  • Dip your muslin into a bowl of Mod Podge diluted with a little water.
  • Wrap the wet muslin around the tree creating texture with the fabric. Cut slits in the fabric that’s in front of the doorway and fold the pieces inside.
  • Cut off any excess fabric you don’t need at the back, top, and bottom and let dry. You may need to add a bit more Mod Podge to areas to keep it attached and closed in the back.

Fabric on Paper Mache Tree

  • Once dry spray the tree with a green paint of your choice. Let dry.
  • Spray adhesive spray in areas you would like to add fake snow to and press the fake snow into these areas. Let dry. Spray a varish over the top of the tree and snow to keep the snow in place.

Making a Christmas scene

  • Using spray adhesive spray the back of a piece of scrapbook paper of your choice cut to size and insert it into the tree and adhere to the back wall.
  • Adhere a round piece of scrapbook paper to the floor of the tree for a rug.
  • Keeping the miniature lights in a bundle hot glue them inside the tree above the door. Put the battery pack behind the tree to hide.
  • Hot glue the tree towards the back edge of a cake stand.
  • Hot glue moss around the tree covering the top of the cake stand. I used two different kinds of moss. Add some fake snow in a few areas.

Christmas Fairy House

  • Optional – Hot glue some branches or picks next to the tree to add some varying heights.
  • Hot glue your miniatures in and around the tree. 

Christmas house

  • I put scrapbook chipboard signs and some vintage ephemera on the outside of the tree.

Christmas minis

Tall Tree Christmas

  • Play with different looks and ideas to create a fun display. There are so many ways to create these dioramas.

I had no idea how much fun this would be to make. I can see why others make fairy houses and decorate doll houses now. I highly recommend this activity and it would be fun to do as a family.

Would you pin this for us.

Miniature Christmas Scene

 

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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

Comments

  1. Your Christmas Tree diorama is so ADORABLE and such a great idea! I love miniatures, especially at Christmas. The little table scene inside the cone tree is so stink’n cute. Love it! Dru, its been fun doing this holiday tour with you. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!

  2. What a great idea. I like a Christmas scene and the diorama is so cute. Your tree would be a great table decor, or centerpiece.
    Merry Christmas

  3. How adorable is this! I love all of it. What a pretty decoration for your home.

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