DIY Paper Shadowbox
If you love shadowboxes but hate how expensive they are, you are going to freak out over this cut file and tutorial. You’ll be able to make your own paper shadowbox for any of your projects out of a few pieces of cardstock!
DIY Paper Shadowbox
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Cut File Used:
1 – Import cut file to design space.
2 – Keeping the entire cut file grouped together, size cut file desired size.
3 – Ungroup cut file and make sure score lines are attached to cut lines.
4 – Press Make It.
5 – Connect to the machine.
6 – Select medium cardstock as your material setting.
7 – Change your scoring tool to a scoring stylus and press apply.
8 – Align cardstock in the top left corner of your light grip mat and smooth cardstock down on the mat.
9 – Load the mat in your machine and press the flashing Cricut button.
10 – Once the cut is complete, unload the mat and remove the mate from your cardstock.
11 – Repeat steps 8-10 for the remaining mats.
12 – Refer to image for assembly labels
13 – Select piece “1” of the shadow box. On the “wrong side” of your cardstock (not the side that will be seen on the front of your shadow box), place a strip of dry adhesive on each side of the square.
14 – Select pieces 2a and 2b. Fold the score lines towards the ceiling and press with a bone folder.
15 – Place the long folded side of 2a and 2b on the left and right sides of piece 1. smooth down onto the dry adhesive
16 – Select pieces 3a and 3b. Fold the score lines towards the ceiling and press with a bone folder.
17 – Place the long folded side of 3a and 3b on the top and body sides of piece 1. smooth down onto the dry adhesive.
18 – Place adhesive on the small folds (not the top tabs) of pieces 3a and 3b and smooth/press on the inside of the box
19 – Select piece 4 and fold all score lines towards the ceiling. Press with a bone folder.
20 – Select piece 5 and fold all score lines towards the ceiling. Press with a bone folder.
21 – Place piece 4 on the left with folds on the top, left, and bottom sides. place piece 6 on the right with folds on the top, right, and bottom sides.
22 – Weave piece 4 and 5 together
23 – Apply adhesive to small folds and secure-creating a “box lid”
24 – Place “lid” (pieces 4 and 5) on the back of the box (pieces 1,2a, 2b, 3a & 3b) like a shoebox.
25 – Insert tabs from the front of the box into the slits on the “lid”
26 – Place adhesive on the tabs and smooth to the back of the shadow box.
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