GretchRuns Christmas : Part 2

On the second week of Christmas, GretchRuns shared with me....
ONE festive song
TWO cute shadowboxes
and THREE shapes of gingerbread

I'm so excited to be back for round two of my Christmas series!  This week I'm sharing one of my recent favorite Christmas songs, a holiday pin that I tried to replicate, and a traditional cookie that's delicious and simple to make.  I hope you enjoy, and I'll see you back next week for more ideas!

If you missed last week's post, click here

Song :

Last week I shared an upbeat song, so this week is a slower, more somber selection.  Pentatonix has some of the most amazing Christmas albums, and this song is my favorite.  It's so beautiful and the harmonies give me chills!  

Craft : Festive Shadowbox

I had so much fun replicating a shadowbox that I saw on Pinterest.  The original one had mini ornaments, but I thought it would also look cute with jingle bells.  I love how customizable this craft is, and it looks so cute when it's done!

My Version :

Shadow Box frame
Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, etc.
Glue or Tape
Letter Stickers (usually in scrapbook section of craft store)
Mini jingle bells

Remove the glass, and paint the frame of your shadowbox.  This is completely optional, but I wanted a white frame, so I painted it before I started!

Measure your paper to fit in the frame.  I traced around the back of the box, and then glued it in place at the back of the box.

Stick letters on glass.  I wrote "Jingle Bells", but you can change this to any festive saying!  You can also change this up to go with the items you place in the box.

Fill box with jingle bells, and slide glass back in.  You're all done!

Cookie : Gingerbread Men

I absolutely love gingerbread cookies!  Every year I have to make them, and this recipe is really simple and delicious.  I like to make my cookies pretty thick so that they stay soft, but you can make them to your liking!

2 1/2 cups flour (plus more for rolling)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.  Set aside

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, beat shortening for 30 seconds.  Add sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add egg, molasses, and vinegar, beat well.

Slowly add dry ingredients, and mix until dough forms.  Cover, and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Once dough is cold, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Divide dough in half, and roll onto a floured surface with a floured rolling pin to about 1/8th inch.  Cut out shapes, and placed on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 5 to 6 minutes, and let cool.

Once cookies are cool, you can decorate.  I prefer plain gingerbread cookies, but they look so much better when you decorate!    

Linking up with AnneAmanda and Kels
as well as Jess and  Ivanna for Try It Thursday


  1. I love Gretchruns Christmas! (I call it Gretchmas) The shaddow box you made turned out great! When I have a house to my own I imagine that I'll get much more into decorating and I love crafts. I haven't made proper gingerbread men in so long I love how you're getting into the spirit!

    1. That name is so much more clever than what I came up with!! Love it :)

  2. Oh my god! I am a totally geek! I saw the one cookie cutter of an ornament and thought it was a Yoda cookie cutter! can we say Star Wars overload?

    Very cute shadow box!

    1. That's so funny Ana! I guess all the advertising they're doing is working :)

  3. My friends are I were listening to Pentontix last week. It was the first time I listening to that album.

  4. i like the bells!! makes it fun when it moves about. super cute. on my list of things of make one of these days!!

    1. Thanks! It's like a musical instrument and decoration in one :)

  5. I love gingerman cookies too! I always enjoyed the Pepperidge farm gingermen cookies, remind me of my childhood :)

  6. Love the shadowbox & it seems like it would be super easy to re-customize with mini eggs & other paper for Easter or other things for different holidays!

  7. Ooooooh! Sign me up for arts and crafts with Gretch! I haven't even made Christmas cookies yet this year. It's a crime.

    1. Haha you're funny Suzy! Never too late to start baking :)

  8. I am obsessed with that shadow box. It turned out so cute! I love all your Christmas decoration ideas!

  9. You are so crafty. And not in a sly way, in a Martha Stewart can suck it way. Love it.

    1. OMG Susie..You are too much! lol thank you friend :)

  10. Soooooo this is literally the first time I'm hearing about shadow boxes, but I'm in love! Seriously thinking about making a bunch of those and decorating my home all year.

    1. You need to get on that! They're so cute and easy :)

  11. Oooh, I love gingerbread cookies! They're my favorite this time of year!

  12. I've been listening to the Pentatonix Christmas album non-stop after you talked about it a few weeks ago! Thanks for the suggestion :)

  13. What a cute shadow box!! You so crafty :P
    My sister is coming this weekend, so I'm waiting to put up the tree. It will only be up for a couple of weeks, but oh well!

    1. Better late than never! And it'll be fun with your sister :)

  14. Your jingle bell box is adorable! I make gingerbread men every year too--one of my favorite cookies!

  15. Oh I like your shadow box even better! It's so fun. And the sparkle stickers are awesome. Thanks for sharing!


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