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Christmas Craft Tutorial: Make a Retro Cake Pan Diorama!

These cake pan dioramas are a fun way to display small ornaments or figurines.  I have some little wooden ornaments, pine cone elves, and putz houses that are sometimes hard to see if I put them with my other decorations.  By making little winter scenes in these cake pans, I can feature my favorite vintage ornaments, and really make them stand out.  I have a cluster of these cake pan dioramas over my bed, and I love that festive display.  I think one of these dioramas would also make a neat alternative to a wreath on a door, or hanging in front of a mirror.




Step 1: Use a serrated knife to cut a piece of styrofoam to fit inside the cake pan.  Make a semi-circle by slicing across, and breaking the styrofoam straight across.

Step 2: Hot glue the styrofoam in place, flush with the rim of the pan.

Step 3: Coat the entire piece of styrofoam with white glue.  Sprinkle with cellophane snowflakes, and tap off the excess. Let dry.

Step 4: Insert the wire stems of bottle brush trees, and hot glue trinkets in place. Vintage pieces can be simply set on the styrofoam without gluing.  You can also use toothpicks inserted into the styrofoam around the bases of the figurines to keep them in place.

Step 5: Cut a small piece of twine, bend it into a loop, and hot glue to the back of the pan to make a hanger for mounting the diorama on the wall.

Products Featured in this Tutorial:

Minty Bottle Brush Trees

Snow Crystals Glitter Flakes

Cellophane Snow Flakes for Sale

Jute Twine

Jute Twine for Sale


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