How to Create a Shadow Box Book Box by Joanne Bain

by Joanne Bain

This little tutorial will show you how to create a Book Box with a shadow box cover with a pull out draw, ready for you to decorate and embellish with your favourite collections.


  • Graphic 45 Book Box
  • Graphic 45 Matchbook Box
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    These are the 2 Graphic 45 Staples boxes you will need to complete the tutorial.

    Step 2

    Please Note - It is easier to cover the box as you go, rather the trying to cover when the box is fully assembled.

    Step 3

    Looking inside the Book Box.

    Step 4

    Cut off and remove carefully the inside box side only as shown here.

    Step 5

    Side has been removed.

    Step 6

    Now carefully cut the spine and the front cover off of the box as shown.

    Step 7

    Cover and spine removed.

    Step 8

    Now carefully cut the spine of the box away from the front cover.

    Step 9

    Showing what the box will look like.

    Step 10

    You will now need the front cover and the Matchbook box.

    Step 11

    Measure 33mm from the top and bottom of the cover and rule lines. Measure 32mm from each side of the cover and rule lines.

    Step 12

    Now cut away centre rectangle as shown.

    Step 13

    Now get the Matchbook Box and measure 1cm in from each edge and rule lines.

    Step 14

    Cut away the rectangle from the ruled lines. Once cut out it should look like this.

    Step 15

    Place under the front cover as shown and you now have a mini shadow box.

    Step 16

    Now you will need some plain chipboard for this step. You will need one piece measuring 80mm X 157mm and two pieces measuring 80mm X 55mm.

    Step 17

    You will now need these two pieces. The outside box spine and the inner box side.

    Step 18

    They will eventually be layered like this.

    Step 19

    With the inside box side and the pieces of chipboard just cut you need to assemble a draw as shown. I have used masking tape to hold it toga their and give extra strength to it.

    Step 20

    Showing under side of draw.

    Step 21

    Now attach the draw with glue the the outside book spine as shown.

    Step 22

    Both pieces of the book box assembled.

    Step 23

    The draw slides in and closes nicely.

    Step 24

    Step 25

    The box is finished ready for covering and embellishing with your favourite collection.