Welcome to Day 24 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’m showing you how to make this pretty lighted winter shadow box.  I’m so excited to share this project because I think it turned out amazing!  It’s so pretty to look at and it’s so easy to make, since your machine does most of the work.  Read on for the full tutorial.

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE FILES

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Winter Scene. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 24.

STEP 2: PREPARE CARDSTOCK PANELS

Open the design in your cutting software.  Size the design to inside your frame.  I resized my design to 8″ to fit inside my 8″ frame.  Once everything is sized correctly, cut out the four panels with your Cricut or Silhouette. I used 100 lbs white cardstock.  I did try cutting this with 80 lbs cardstock, but I prefer the way the 100lbs cardstock looked with the led lights.

Once a panel is finished cutting, remove it from the cutting mat.  You’ll want to slightly bend the cutting mat and carefully pull off the cardstock.

Remove any inside pieces that didn’t come off with the mat.  Repeat with the other 3 panels.

STEP 3: CUT SPACING STRIPS

Use a craft knife to cut 1/4″ strips from a piece of foam board.

Then, cut those strips into 8″ pieces and 7″ pieces.  You’ll need to cut 8 of each size.

Add double sided tape onto one side of the spacing strips.

Remove the backing from the strips and apply them to the back of each panel.  The 8″ strips will go on the sides and the 7″ strips will go on the top and bottom.

If you don’t want to add lights, you can stack the four panels and add them to the shadow box.  But, we are going to add lights!

STEP 4: ASSEMBLE THE BOX

Place the first panel in the shadow box.  Pay attention to where the ground starts.  When we add the lights on the next panel, you want to try and keep the lights below that point.

Insert the second panel into the frame.

Grab your led lights and tape a few of them onto the back of the second panel.

Now, pay attention to where the ground starts on this panel.  Once again, you want to try and keep the lights on the next panel below that point.

Place the third panel into the shadow box.

Tape a few lights onto the back of this panel.

Now, put in the last panel.

Tape down the rest of the lights.  Try to keep the lights below all the holes that are cut in this panel.

Replace the back cover of the frame.  The battery pack and some of the cord will just hang out the back.  You can use double sided tape to attach it to the back of the frame.

Press down the metal tabs to keep the back in place.  The back is a little tight, so I used plyers to help bend the metal tabs back over the backing.

And that’s it.  It looks so pretty in the day.

But, it looks even better at night when it’s all lit up!

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the Resource Library.

 

 

 

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