Learn how to make a gorgeous paper flower shadow box as home decor or a heart-felt gift.
Ready to make your own paper flower shadow box? Im excited to show you how! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it wont cost you a penny more)! Read myfull disclosure policy.
Materials to Make Paper Flower Shadow Boxes
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- 9 x 9 Shadow Box Frame
- 18 sheets of cardstock (8.5 x 11) for 36 flowers to fit a 9 x 9 frame
- Tool to roll flowers
- Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
- Finger guards (optional)
- Premium Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Coffee filter or lint free towel
- Cricut Tools, especially a weeder and a scraper
- Standard Grip Cutting mat (the 12 x 12 size)
- A way to cut your stencil (I used the amazing Cricut cutting machine!)
- My free SVG design files and template (available in my free resource libraryget the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
Paper Flower Shadow Box Tutorial
A lovely shadow box holds three dozen gorgeous paper flowers. Add a saying or sentiment to the front of the shadow box to personalize it. The paper flowers stay safe and dust-free inside the enclosed shadow box so you can enjoy them for years to come.
Step 1: Get my free paper flower designs
I have many free paper flower designs that you can use to make paper flower shadow boxes. For this tutorial, we are using the Rolled Paper Rose design and I've made special files for you with the roses sized for a variety of shadow box sizes. Look for the "Paper Roses for Shadow Boxes" file free from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Here's what the paper roses SVG cut file for a 9" x 9" shadow box will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:
Tip: If you're not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, here's how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Step 2: Size your paper flower pattern to your shadow box
Flowers for the project are sized for a 9x9 shadow box frame. If using an alternate size, re-size the flowers according to your needs.
Step 3: Cut and assemble your paper flowers
This project used approximately 18 sheets of 8 1/2x 11 sheets of cardstock to make 36 flowers. If you use 12" x 12" cardstock, you'll only need 12 sheets of paper.
You may need more or less paper depending on how loosely or tightly you roll your flowers. Be sure to glue your flowers once you've rolled them up.
Step 4: Arrange your flowers in your shadow box
Once all flowers are rolled and glued, decide how you want to arrange them in your frame.
Step 5: Glue your flowers to the backing
Glue each individual flower to the frame backing in the pattern you have chosen. The frame backing may be changed if desired by using a sheet of cardstock of your choice cut to the desired size that will fit into the frame.
Step 6: Choose and cut a vinyl saying for your shadow box
Choose one of my SVG files for your saying on the front of the shadow box or create one of your own. Sayings for the frame included in the files are sized for a 9 x 9 shadow box. Adjust the size accordingly if your shadow box is is a different size. NOTE: Prior to cutting the saying decide if you want the saying on the inside of the frame glass or the outside of the frame glass. If applying the saying on the OUTSIDE of the frame glass there is no need for any adjustments to the file when cutting. If applying the saying to the INSIDE of the frame glass, MIRROR the saying prior to cutting. The advantage of an inside application s that it makes for easier cleaning of the frame front.
Step 7: Apply the vinyl to your shadow box
Weed the vinyl saying that will go on the frame and apply transfer tape to the weeded vinyl. Apply the vinyl to the glass of the frame (either inside or outside of the glass). Our design was centered on the glass but can certainly be applied however it is aesthetically pleasing to you.
Step 8: Complete your paper flower shadow box
Re-assemble the shadow box frame and enjoy.
Fonts Used For This Project:
- Home Sweet Home (Gentle Air 3-Regular and Pinsetter Little Chunk)
- Bloom Where you are Planted (Gentle Air 3-Regular and Gorni)
Special thanks to the JenniferMaker Design Fairy team, specifically design fairy Vicki, for helping me design and assemble this wonderful project.
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Get my free SVG files to make your own Paper Flower Shadow Box!
Id love to see your paper flower shadow boxes and what sentiments you put on them! If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at email@example.com, or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.
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