Shadow Boxes

Shadow Boxes are awesome works of art that light up and use layers of paper to generate shadow images.

Start this project by watching the Youtube video below to gain an understanding of the project and the steps needed to complete it.

Begin by planning out the design for your lightbox.  Try to think of specific scenes that might work well with this medium.    Organic type scenes work well because of the ability to layer nature, but they are not the only scenes that will work.

Create a drawing of your whole scene. 

Next, break your scene down in terms of foreground, middle ground, and background. Things like mountains, tree branches, and even stalactites will work well to help fill the different layers.  Labeling parts of the scene as to designate layers will help keep your mind straight.  Create at least four layers out of your drawing. 

Next, draw each layer out on a separate piece of card stock (or heavyweight drawing paper).  Be sure each layer will line up to make your image.

Then use an Exacto knife to carefully cut out the images. You need to leave about a 1/4 inch frame around each layer.


The layers should then be stacked on top of each other with a 1/4 frame of foam core stacked in between to help separate the layers.


Measure your piece.  You will need to cut wood (or ask for help) to construct the wood frame.  The frames can either be stapled or nailed together.  Be sure to use wood glue.

In the first image, the LED strip light has been attached to the back piece of foam core holding your project into the frame, you will need to determine where the best placement of the lights is for your piece.  On the image to the right, you will see an example of how to attach the LED strip to the battery connector.

Here are some of the awesome projects we have made: