BOX FRAME FOR SHADOW BOX AND FREE LAYERED MANDALA

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FREE SHADOW BOX FRAME AND LAYERED MANDALA CUT FILES

Yesterday I posted a layered graduation shadow box design, and one of our Facebook group members mentioned that she’d been having trouble getting her hands on the shadow box frames. Right then, I decided that I could throw together a template for a frame or box made with paper. While putting the assembly instructions and video together, I couldn’t leave the frame empty, so threw in a new layered mandala. Find step by step directions below. Enjoy!

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR BOX AND MANDALA

  • 65 lb Cardstock – On the pink mandala in the photos I used Recollections Brand Cardstock Pink
  • Kraft Board -I used Cricut’s Kraft board for the shadow box frame with the mandala.
  • Foam tabs – These foam tabs from Tombow are my absolute favorite. They’re thick enough to provide a good dimension to each project. The description is a bit deceiving as it states 50 tabs. In fact, there are 464 in the package, 50 large and 414 small sizes.
  • Glue or tape runner
  • Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel (for Cricut Maker users)
  • Light grip mat (blue light grip) 
  • Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
  • Design #54 Shadow Box Frames and Mandala #3 – My free SVG cut files (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE SHADOW BOX FRAME

I have included three different sizes in the Shadow Box Frame download. They are labeled 7.5 inches, 8.5 inches, and 9 inches. The file name refers to the size of the frame and the finished surface. If you need to re-size the project, I recommend leaving all three layers grouped so they will stay in line.

The blue square box will be hidden when the design is uploaded. I included the blue square shape to use if you’d like to add an acetate window to the top of the box. The acetate could be glued to the inside of the box top.

Once you’ve cut the box frame, start by removing the paper from the mat. When working with card stock or kraft board, I always recommend putting the paper down on your work surface with the mat side up. Then slowly and gently bend the mat while holding the paper flat against your desk.

The box frame was designed with a perforated edge to assist in folding the box into shape. Gently fold along the dashed cut lines to start forming your box.

Fold the small tabs in a 90-degree angle and tape or glue to the inside of the box frame. Once you have assembled both the top lid and bottom, gently shape each piece to make the box square.

That’s it, an easy framed card stock shadow box. If you’d like instructions how to layer the mandala, please refer to this post.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE SHADOW BOX

UPDATED (OCT 2020) TO INCLUDE TWO SHADOW BOX FRAMES

I’ve updated the download to include two different formats. The original format as shown in the video utilizes a perforated cut line for those who do not have a scoring stylus or scoring wheel.

In my updated version, you’ll find two folders for the Shadow Box Frame. The new version includes score lines attached and ready for you to “Make It”! The blue square included in both formats is for those who may want to add an acetate window to their frame. If you don’t need it for your project, feel free to delete or hide before cutting.

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36 Comments

    1. You are such a giving person to share all of this with us. I appreciate you so much. Thank you.

  1. Here I was wondering how I was able to get hold of a shadow box, seeing a lot
    of us are home-bound at present, as I very much wanted to make the stacked
    graduation box for my grandson, when you came out with how to make such a
    box – brilliant, and so easy to make – thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. You are such a talented lady and so very generous offering your time and designs to all of us. I personally would like you to know that you are appreciated especially at this time when we all really need this boost in our creativity xx

  3. Thankyou very much I’m new to all things cricut and I am loving all your help and ghd way you go about with your step by step details. Looking forward to getting started with your svgs.

  4. I;m so excited how this turned out. The frame box is perfect and adds another dimension!

  5. Thank you for all you do. . . I’m knew to the cricut family {joy} and I’m finding so many things that I can do!

  6. Love the mandala!! Going to make it after I complete a greeting card. Thank you!!!

    1. All of my free downloads are kept in a library which I call my Freebie Vault. You can sign up for access near the end of each blog post. You’ll then receive the password and link to access.

  7. I’ve just downloaded couple of the designs from this page and only word I have to say is IT’S AWESOME. Awesome files, awesome approach to customers and awesome tutorials how to actually make the product out of the files. I’ve
    personally made some mandala alphabet letters and they came out very nicely despite I made them from common coloured paper and they were too soft and little pain to glue them together(my fault,no problem with design). I’m looking to make the shadow box to accommodate the mandala letters to give it nice professional look and I have no doubt it will come out beautifully.

  8. Do you know if 110lb cardstock would work? Want to make this to go with the layered unicorn.

    Thank you!!

  9. Hi,

    I love this thank you. Ive only just discovered you, and I will be checking back regularly

    Thanks

    Jayne

  10. Thank you so much for this Christmas pattern, it’s beautiful. I will use it to decorate my house for Christmas. 🙂

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