How To Make A Cardstock Shadow Box Frame

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Sometimes I’ve found it difficult to find Shadow Box frames in stock as they’ve become so popular. Other times, when shipping a gift, I may not want to worry if the glass will break or add to the weight of my package. It’s sometimes nice to make a frame from cardstock. With this easy to use pattern, you’ll be able to whip up a rectangular frame quickly.

This design was born out of requests from my Facebook group. I previously designed a square shadow box frame (find it HERE), and last week received requests for a rectangle version.

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Materials Needed for Cardstock Box Frame

How to Cut and Assemble a Rectangle Shadow Box Frame

Included in the download will be two SVG cut files. One with perforated cut lines in the pattern for those who do not have a scorings stylus or scoring wheel. The second SVG includes solid score lines already attached for those who use a style or scoring wheel.

The photo above shows the 3 layers included in the Perforated Line Frame SVG. Note, the blue rectangle is an optional piece that can be cut from Acetate to act as a window in place of glass.

The second file included in the download includes score lines already attached and ready to use with your scoring stylus or scoring wheel (for Cricut Maker only). Note, the blue rectangle is an optional piece that can be cut from Acetate to act as a window in place of glass.

Both versions are sized so that they will cut with the opening of the viewable window sized at 5″x7″.

I cut the frame in the photos below from Cricut Kraft board. It will be more sturdy with a heavyweight cardstock or Kraft Board.

Once you’re ready to cut the frame, use a brayer to adhere the paper to the mat. I always recommend using a brayer as have found that it reduces paper slipping, thus causing tears while cutting.

Once cut, turn the mat upside down on your work surface and gently bend the mat away from the paper.

Cricut Acetate Sheets are perfect to create a clear window for the Shadow Box Frame.

Prior to cutting Cricut Acetate Sheets, remove the protective plastic piece from both the front and back of each sheet of acetate. The protective sheet keeps the acetate from having little scratches in the packaging.

Once the top and bottom of the box frame are cut, fold and create along the score or perforated lines.

I use Crafter’s Tape to adhere the corners to save time. Liquid glue is also a good option. I just find the Crafter’s Tape to be quick and easy with no dry time!

If using the optional Acetate as a window on your frame, run the Craft Tape along the inside boarder of the frame.

Place the acetate rectangle in the top of the frame and press down to adhere the craft tape along the edges.

Repeat the fold and adhering the corners on the bottom piece of the Box Frame.

You did it! A quick and easy frame for your next project.

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4 Comments

  1. This is so clever! Thank you for sharing. I’m probably going to make these obsessively for a while! 🙂

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