How To Make a Layered Unicorn Shadow Box

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Large framed glitter unicorn shadow box in black frame.

Unicorns! The magical, mystical creature that is full of wonder. Always a popular decoration for little ones, this design is perfect for anyone who loves unicorns.

This post will walk you through the steps of how to create this quick and easy shadow box using my free Layered Unicorn SVG Cut File.

The project is perfect for beginners or even to do with kids. There are ten layers to the shadowbox.

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Materials For A Layered Unicorn Shadow Box

How To Make A Layered Unicorn Shadow Box

Download the free Layered Baby Feet Mandala from the Freebie Vault and unzip the folder. Then upload the SVG to Design Space.

If you’re new to working with your Cricut machine and need help how to upload, click HERE.

Once uploaded, decide the size to cut your project. First, I removed the inner frame as I didn’t need it for this project. Then measure the inside of your frame. Sometimes the measurement is not the same as the frame size.

The inside of my frame was 9″x9″, so I cut the project as saved. I recommend resizing all layers at the same time if you need to alter the size.

From here, I was ready to “Make It.” I cut my Layered Unicorn using a combination of the Medium cardstock setting and Glitter cardstock setting.

When working with paper, using a brayer will securely adhere the paper to the mat and reduce tearing.

Once cut, remove the mat from the paper. I suggest turning the mat upside down on the work surface and gently bending it away from the paper while holding it flat. This helps reduce curling.

For this project, I tried using foam tape. I found this double-sided foam tape on Amazon. Because the project doesn’t have intricate cuts or spaces, it is more cost-effective than my usually foam tabs.

Using the foam tape, I placed pieces around each layer’s backside, focusing on the corners and evenly spaced around each layer.

Start with the bottom layer and work up to the top.

The small unicorn pictured above was cut at six inches. I glued the layers of the small unicorn and placed in on my free easel stand. Find the easel stand HERE. If using the easel stand, set the measurement to a couple of inches less than the Layered Unicorn.

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  1. I’ve fallen in love with your projects. I can’t wait to try one. This unicorn will be perfect for one daughter’s room. Patiently waiting for a rainbow for the other daughter’s room <3

  2. Great project to do with my granddaughter! Thank you so much. You said, in the instructions, that we should start at the bottom layer and work up but in your photo it looks like you’re starting and with the top layer and working your way to the back.

    1. Hi Sherri,
      Thank you for the feedback. I should have written more in my instructions. (I’m much better at designing than writing). I do recommend starting at the bottom of the project and working up. You’re correct, the photo shows the top layer. I used that photo, as all of the other layers had a white, or very light, background and it was difficult to see in the photographs where the foam strips were.
      I’m sorry for the confustion.

  3. I made the unicorn today. My soon to be born little grand daughter will love having it hang on her bedroom wall someday! Thank you for sharing this delightful 3D layered unicorn shadow box. You are definitely a gifted designer and I love your designs.

  4. Just waiting for my black cardstock to come in. This will look great on my new grand daughters bedroom wall. I love all your layered files.

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