Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Fall Light Up Shadow Box

This is the 3rd Shadow Box I've made in the last 2 months and I am having SO much fun getting messy and creative! When I first started stamping I was much more involved in mixed media than I am now and it's a blast to get back into some 3D art.  I LOVE this wall hanging and it was really easy to make so let's get started on the details!

I added full sized pictures of both the unlit and lit boxes at the end
of this post if you want to see them full sized.
Plus in this photo they are a bit blurry to me but I can't seem to get them crisper.

The back of the box
I used one of these small {5" x 5"} wooden shadow boxes that I found in a well known large craft store - they also had some other sizes - and the price was so good, I bought a bunch of them {which is why I've made so many in such a short period of time - I am positive there will be many, many more to come}.  This time I broke out the hot glue gun; which I am NOT proficient at, but I rarely use it.  I started by figuring out how the lights would work around the outside of the box and once I had the spacing down, I hot glued them all around the box.  There were two left over but I just snipped them off.  I got the lights at the Dollar Tree store and I think I need to go back and get some more 'cause I think they are just adorable being shaped like little leaves.  I did drop the entire string and cracked the case the batteries go in so that it wouldn't close anymore, but I quickly fixed that with a twist tie.  I like that you can turn the lights on or off with just a switch.

Next I needed something to fill in around the lights so I used Lawn Fawn's Fall Leaves Backdrop;  I just used the leaves that are extras, not the actual frame.  I cut two of each leaf in a bunch of colors I found in my scrap box, and then cut the acorn stems out of dark brown and the acorn bodies out of Kraft.  I also used the hot glue gun to attached the leaves all around and I can now see why everyone loves these guns.  The glue sets SO fast and I had no issues with attaching the leaves to the bumpy wire that I bunched together between the leaves that light up.  Once I was done with the frame, I added berry garland that I also found at the Dollar Tree; I just left it in the circle it came in instead of unwrapping it.  Lastly, I used Kelly Alpha Lower from Pinkfresh for the word fall.  I chose red for the sentiment since I feel it stands out a bit more.  While I try to make most of my 3D art able to either sit on a shelf or hang this one needs to hang on a nail about 1 1/2" away from the wall to accommodate the power box on the back.  I think next time I will try to put it on the frame and hide it.  I probably could of done that here but as usual I didn't know what I was going to use for what.

I hope you like my little shadow box!  Like I said, I had SO much fun making it! As well as the others I've made.  I'm glad I bought a bunch of them!  Now if I can find room to set up my Silhouette machine I just might make some signs next :)  Thanks so much for stopping by & see you soon! Christi

Thanks again!!

I am entering my project in the following challenges:
We Love to Create, #11 - Anything Goes
Mix it Up Challenge Blog, #55 - Anything Goes + 3D project
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Any Holiday Occasion
Challenge up Your Life, #141 - Interactive
Moving Along with the Times, #136 - Anything but a Card
NBUS, #32 - Everything is new except the Alphabet :)
Creative Friday, #293 - Anything But a Card


  1. This is awesome Christi! I just purchased 2 shadow boxes to create some Christmas decor!

  2. You were clearly having fun while you were making this wonderful project, Christi, and I love hearing your enthusiasm! Your shadow box is fabulous fall decor! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  3. It looks so effective, thanks for joining us at the MAWTT challenge xx

  4. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for joining us at CUYL.

  5. I am loving your return to mixed media and projects like this fabulous shadow box. Long may it continue. xoxo

  6. What an awesome project and how great that it lights up too! Love the beautiful wreath and how you framed it with the multicolured leaves.
    Take care,
    Carol x

  7. So wonderful! I love the Fall with all the different colors on the leaves, which you did in your project. Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  8. Thanks for sharing your fabulous fall light box project with Moving Along With The Times, its beautiful.
    Good Luck.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

  9. Sogar mit Beleuchtung. Dieser kleine Holzrahmen ist ja ideal für dein Werk. Mir gefällt die Kombination von Papierblättern und Lichterkette-Blättern.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei creative friday, wenn auch verspätet!

  10. I go through phases of crafting too, sometimes I'm just a cardmaker and sometimes I'm a scrapbooker/mixed media artist (?!) - it's good to ring the changes and your "fall" make is a fabulous way to use NBUS


  11. Wowee this is awesome!!!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx


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