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Fairie Dust Diorama Box with Video Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 03/12/2018 52 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,Videos,Altered Art,

Hello, G45ers!

 Let's get this week started off right with a gorgeously detailed Fairie Dust diorama created with on our of our ATC Book Box  by fussy cutting extraordinaire,  Sandy Trefger.  This shadow box is just in time for Spring and would be a lovely addition to any home.  If you are looking to get daily blog updates like this one emailed to you directly be sure to sign up for our newsletter here.  Now let's get this creative party started.  


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog,  Facebook, and/or  Instagram to be entered to win!  This week’s prize package includes a Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, 12x12 Home Sweet Home paper pad, Mixed Media Album (ivory), Shabby Chic Key Holes, and Door Plates, an $80+ value.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, March 16th, 2018.



Fairie Dust ATC Diorama

By Sandy Trefger


“There’s nothing more magical and inspiring than lots of lovely fairies and pretty flowers.  The beautiful Fairie Dust collection made me think of a small fairyland diorama and I knew I wanted to create one from those papers.  To house my diorama, I selected the Graphic 45 ATC Book Box. It was just the perfect size. This paper collection is a fussy cutters dream come true, so grab your little scissors and start cutting.


I have a video tutorial showing you how I put my Fairie Dust Diorama together.


Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Diorama Tutorial



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Staples - ATC Book Box - Kraft

Staples - Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates & Knobs

Staples - Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes

Staples - Shabby Chic Door Pull


Other Supplies:

  • Silk Roses & Greenery (Ferns)
  • Purple Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Satin Ribbon, 1.5” wide, Ivory
  • Gauze
  • Prima Color Bloom Spray
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Small Gold Brads
  • Ivory Artisan Cardstock
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glitter Brush Pen
  • Gold Prills


Tip 1:  Fussy cut lots of images from the paper (more than you will probably need) so you have an assortment to choose from when creating the scene in your diorama.  Always leave a ½” straight strip at the bottom of each fussy cut piece so you will have a tab to fold up and glue into the bottom of the diorama scene.


Tip 2:  Create a unique look for your metal pieces by layering.  In this project I attached a keyhole to the metal door plate before attaching the door knob.  Fit the door knob right above the keyhole to give it a magical look. Use a good adhesive to attach metal pieces such as Glossy Accents.


Tip 3:  Create paper flowers out of some the the papers from the collection to bring it all together.  Use gold prills for the centers of your paper flowers and attach with Glossy Accents.



Fun Fact:  I’ve always been enthralled with small things, dollhouses and the tiny accessories that go inside, little people in storybooks (my favorite was the Borrowers) and of course fairies!  I have a huge farmhouse style dollhouse in my craft room that I built from a wood kit when my daughter was a baby. I did not finish it until she was 6 years old. It was a very time consuming and detailed project complete with electric lights inside.





I hope you have as much fun creating with this wonderful paper collection by Graphic 45 as I did!  It is amazing and will keep you enchanted for hours! Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger



Looking for more ATC Book Box action?

Check out this Sun Kissed Diorama using our Black Book Box.

Ocean Fun Box

By Magda Cortez


“Happy Sun Kissed Day! Yes! I’m so happy today because the cold days are gone once you start working with these beautiful papers! Sun Kissed Paper Collection is sooooo Beautiful! I’m sure you will love it!... see full post here.



What a fun filled a blog.  We are ready for the seasons to turn and to get outside and enjoy the blossoms.  Big thanks to Sandy and Magda for sharing these two amazing home decor pieces using our Book Boxes.  We want to thank you as well for joining in the fun.  Be sure to leave your comments below and you will be entered to win this week's $80 prize package.  


Happy Papercrafting!

52 Comment(s)

kirsty vittetoe:

Gorgeous as always!!!!!

03/12/2018, 11:26:28 AM

Love love love

Kate LeBlanc:
03/12/2018, 11:32:20 AM

Such beautiful project, joyful inspiration abounds!

Kristina Vazquez:
03/12/2018, 11:36:33 AM

Always love the opportunity to win wonderful G45 supplies. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I LOVE TO FUSSY CUT!

Beth Beery:
03/12/2018, 11:38:43 AM

So beautiful!! Love Fairie Dust and so happy to see inspiring projects using it! Thanks for sharing!!

Arianna Barbara:
03/12/2018, 11:41:24 AM

Wow! Love fairies!!! All these projects are amazing!!!

Cheryl Wells:
03/12/2018, 12:21:27 PM

OH, my!!!! These book boxes are fabulous!!!!

Jackie Hart:
03/12/2018, 12:22:45 PM

Omg just LOVE this box and the paper collection! So many beautiful things you can make with this!! Thanks for the chance to win! Graphic 45 is the BEST!!!

Diane F:
03/12/2018, 12:22:47 PM

I am in love with the Fairie Dust diorama. What an enchanting project; it is amazing! The Sun Kissed diorama is also quite nice; ready for summer!

03/12/2018, 12:31:46 PM

Awesome boxes, what great the giveaway too, would love to win, but who wouldn't? Everyone ❤️ loves G45!!!

Donna Leutloff:
03/12/2018, 12:31:55 PM

These little book boxes are too sweet!...sweeter still is that prize giveaway!!

03/12/2018, 12:34:31 PM

Adorable boxes with fab papers- awesome!

03/12/2018, 12:42:30 PM

Very pretty-I love the cute little ATC boxes. Both projects are beautiful. I would LOVE to win your giveaway as I have been looking for Home Sweet Home paper pads- with no luck. Hope that it will be a re-release also.

03/12/2018, 01:00:32 PM

The Fairie Dust Diorama Box is magical. Love it!

Sue D:
03/12/2018, 01:17:58 PM

Sweet and magical. Beautifully embellished.

Janet Baker:
03/12/2018, 01:19:05 PM

I truly love this projec and graphic 45 is my favorite. I am inspired to make something to go into my guest bedroom which I am redoing to house those things I make which I can’t seem to part with. It will be a magical place. I already have found an old iron bedstead, a large round mirrored vanity.

03/12/2018, 01:22:01 PM

A beautiful box using gorgeous papers!

Martie Rollin:
03/12/2018, 01:29:04 PM

Love the dimension in the Sun Kissed box! Well done!

Michele Lewis:
03/12/2018, 01:32:10 PM

I am astounded at how the same paper collection can look so different and be used in so many unique creations! Every creation reflects the personality of the artist and looks so original, but they are all using the same collections! I guess that is a testament to the genius of the Graphic 45 collections as well as the creativity of the artisan. LOVE them both!

Sue MacFall:
03/12/2018, 02:19:13 PM

Two such different and yet gorgeous results from 2 great crafters. Thank you both.

Mathilde S:
03/12/2018, 02:23:36 PM

The fairy box is a perfect ,whimsical spring project,and the sunkissed collection is a teaser for beach weather to come.The papers are gorgeous.

03/12/2018, 02:35:45 PM

I love the Fairie Dust collection! This project is stunning and inspiring.

Sharon Gullikson:
03/12/2018, 02:40:07 PM

This collection is so pretty. The flowers, mushrooms and fairies look so beautiful together. And the box is just amazing!!!

Barbara G.:
03/12/2018, 03:08:45 PM

Love the Diorama boxes, what a creation. Graphic 45 is the only way to go!!! Thank you for the giveaways, no one else does that week after week. We love you!!!

Terry Carroll:
03/12/2018, 03:12:43 PM

I just purchased the "sunkissed", it's so gorgeous, but the "fairies" didn't seem to be my thing. I'm may have to rethink that after seeing what Sandy made!

Ellen Haydon:
03/12/2018, 03:13:29 PM

I love the box. My 4 year old Great Granddaughter will love it too.

03/12/2018, 03:36:52 PM

What a fun, sweet Fairy Dust Box! I love the pop-up effect of the Sun Kissed box.

Trish Keegan:
03/12/2018, 03:38:22 PM

So beautiful! The ATC box looks so nice - I want to try one. The Fairie Box is so unique! Just love it!

Sarah Hutchins:
03/12/2018, 04:20:07 PM

I just love this! And I love the Fairy Dust collection so much!

Gerry Wolfe:
03/12/2018, 04:20:44 PM

Beautiful. The Fairie paper is just beautiful. Great tips, I’m drying to do more fussy cutting to get better at it. It’s actually very relaxing for me, it lets me focus on the cutting instead of other things.

Anne Schilling:
03/12/2018, 05:29:32 PM

I absolutely love this!

Anne Schilling:
03/12/2018, 05:31:51 PM

Adding the second half of my comment. It was left off for some reason. This is a beautiful creative way to use this collection. Love it!

Patricia Shipley:
03/12/2018, 06:47:24 PM

I love these papers! I really would like to win this prize package. I thank you for being so inspirational.Patty Shipley

Regina Harrison:
03/12/2018, 07:37:03 PM

I love this shadow box and am definately making it this coming weekend. Amazing!!

Cheryl Peeters:
03/12/2018, 07:53:19 PM

Enchanting diorama! Love the paper, love the projects, and look forward to every email!

Shellie Fontana:
03/12/2018, 08:59:04 PM

These little boxes, dioramas are little worlds with BIG details and BEAUTIFUL G45 Papers--very inspiring!

Kathleen E Capachione:
03/12/2018, 09:11:35 PM

Amazing... Thanks for sharing

Susan Steele:
03/12/2018, 09:25:01 PM

Oh what a prize! Two of my absolute favorite papers! A Place in Time and Home Sweet Home! I'd truly luv to win these!

Kate Buhovtsova:
03/12/2018, 09:25:57 PM

It’s very beautiful! I like it!

Janet Ingraham:
03/12/2018, 09:56:06 PM

Love the diorama!!!!

Carla Hundley:
03/12/2018, 10:16:16 PM

Gorgeous fairy box! Love all the flowers. Carla from Utah

Susan A. Turner:
03/12/2018, 10:55:05 PM

Thank you for the tutorial Sandy! I learned a lot from it and I want to give it a try soon. It is wonderful! Susan

03/12/2018, 11:06:04 PM,

Wow! Amazing!

Jill McAuley:
03/12/2018, 11:23:54 PM

Always such inspiration...will try to duplicate adding all the different layers on my next project...

Dorothy McCarthy:
03/13/2018, 06:18:51 AM,

What fun projects!!! Thank you!

Jary N Riolo:
03/13/2018, 09:34:23 AM

Just got some of the Fairy Dust Paper!! The colors are amazing!! Can't wait to create something beautiful!

Jan G.:
03/13/2018, 12:20:09 PM

Love both the ATC box ideas. Will have to give both of them a try. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize.

Vanessa LeClear:
03/13/2018, 01:01:27 PM

Both boxes are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sara Udstuen:
03/14/2018, 06:49:21 AM

Such an exquisite fairy diorama! Your transformation of the atc book box is absolutely magical. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Sandra Featherston:
03/14/2018, 08:44:45 AM

So inspiring !! I love the project and the paper is gorgeous.

Debbie Siddle:
03/14/2018, 11:29:23 AM

That Fairie Dust diorama is the sweetest. xx

Michelle Curtis:
03/14/2018, 02:17:18 PM

Yeah! I’ve been waiting so long to see your Home collection again and can’t wait to get it.

Karen Rice:
03/15/2018, 12:00:36 AM

I just love the layered and stacked look! Beautiful projects!

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