How to Make a Chipboard Shadow Box to Decorate

by Denise Hahn

how to create and decorate your own shadow box using Petaloo Flowers and Authentique Papers


  • 8.5x11 chipboard or cereal box
  • white tacky glue
  • Scrapbook paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • bone folder, or butter knife
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your supplies! You can actually make this shadow box any size, just follow my measuring rules

    Step 2

    For this 8.5x11 inch piece, I measured in a drew a line 2 inches in from each edge. As long as you measure in equal distance on each side this technique will work

    Step 3

    Now go over your lines with a bone folder, or the smooth edge of a butter knife- press HARD

    Step 4

    Snip out all 4 corners, and then score them in the middle, set aside

    Step 5

    now fold up the edges of your main piece, and trace out the back piece and flaps onto your piece of scrapbook paper. I am using the Utopia Collection from Authentique

    Step 6

    Take the piece you cut out and fold it into the interior of your box, but don't glue on yet!

    Step 7

    you are going to add two flap pieces to the top and bottom flap, make them a little longer than the 2 inches of width so that they underlap the bigger piece

    Step 8

    Like this!

    Step 9

    glue down these pieces with white glue, then lay the bigger top over both end and glue down

    Step 10

    you can see the inside is completely covered now (way in the back there!) now cut two 2 inch wide strips to go on the outer edge

    Step 11

    fold them around the corners for sizing then...

    Step 12

    make to corner folds sharp! Wrap around and glue to outside

    Step 13

    my glue was not coming out so, I had to use a stick to spread it out- but you get the idea!

    Step 14

    Now your outside is all done. I never worry about that ugly front edge because I always cover it up with some kind of trim treatment

    Step 15

    oh yes, one for the back while your at it!

    Step 16

    Now over those 4 corners you but out with contrasting paper, and glue down, right after you glue, bend that fold into it so the paper dried in the 90 degree angle shape

    Step 17

    Step 18

    run hot glue as shown onto the back of the corners

    Step 19

    Now hot glue those babies on to sturdy your box! Now the fun part!!Decorate away! I used a paper kit collection from Authentique and Petaloo Flowers

    Step 20

    I used more chip board to create tabs to stick the sticker on, then glued the tab to the edges of the box

    Step 21

    Petaloo flowers are amazing and come in all different shapes and sizes. And how about that little shark!! It's a kids water toy squirter!

    Step 22

    I used Petaloo Textured Elements and Botanicas in teal and green and Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers in Pink

    Step 23

    the top is crocheted lace from Petaloo trims, the paper straws from Michaels

    Step 24

    I added a little dried starfish for a natural element

    Step 25

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    thanks for looking. My name is Denise Hahn, I design for Petaloo International. My blog is PETALOO AND AUTHENTIQUE can be found on online retailers.