Welcome to Day 23 of my 25 days of Craftmas series! Today, I’m showing you how to make this gorgeous glitter Christmas shadow box using your Cricut or Silhouette. Shadow boxes are great for vinyl.  They allow you to create a 3-dimensional design by adding vinyl to the glass and then placing other items (like trees, ornaments, bells, etc) behind the glass.  This Christmas shadow box is easy to make and turned out so pretty! Read on for the full tutorial.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!  Read my full disclosure policy.

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

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 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It will either be under the most recent projects/cut files or under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2019 – Day 23.

STEP 2: CREATE BACKGROUND FOR SHADOW BOX

Trace the shape of the shadow box back onto a piece of silver vinyl. Cut the vinyl along the lines.

Remove the vinyl backing and apply the vinyl onto the shadow box back.

Brush on a light coat of Mod Podge

Sprinkle on some silver glitter.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry and then shake off the excess glitter.

STEP 3: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on the glass of your frame. The glass in my frame is 9″, so I sized the design to be 8″ wide.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the vinyl with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the little shapes inside of the letters

Place a piece of transfer tape over the design.

Rub over the transfer tape with a scrapper.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.


STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO THE GLASS

To apply the vinyl to the glass of the frame, we’re going to be using the hinge method. Place the design on your piece of glass and use a piece of painter’s tape to hold it in place. Use a ruler to center the design from right to left and top and bottom.

Once the design is straight and centered, pull off the backing from the right side of the design.

Pull the vinyl over the tape and then cut off and remove the backing.

Use a scraper to press the design down. You’ll want to start at the center and push towards the right.

Now, remove the painter’s tape and the rest of the vinyl backing.

Use a scraper to press the rest of the design down. This time, you’ll want to start at the center and push towards the left.

Now, you can remove the transfer tape.

STEP 5: ASSEMBLE THE SHADOW BOX

Place the glass back inside of the frame. If your frame came with a spacer, put that back inside, too.

Trim off the backside of the trees, so they can sit flat against the frame back. You’ll want to trim about 3/4 of the way up the trees.

Use hot glue to attach the trees to the bottom of the frame. Make sure the cut side is facing the back of the frame.

Then, sprinkle some glitter snow on the bottom of the trees.

Finally, put the frame backing back inside and close everything up.

Then, flip it over and smile. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?

 

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