Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

3d haunted house scene shadow box

Make this spooky, 3D lighted shadow box to use for Halloween décor!

Step 1

First, click here for the design in Cricut® Design Space™.

Step 2

Click ‘Customize’ at the bottom of the screen and it will move the design into your canvas. Use the edit tools in the tool bar and then click ‘Make It’ in the upper right corner of your screen.

Step 3

Click ‘Continue’ in the lower right corner of your screen.
TIP: When working with multiple layers or materials, be sure to pay close attention to the left panel on your preview screen to know which layer is cutting, so you know which material to attach to the mat and load into your machine. Be sure to change the material if using more than one type.

Step 4

Place a piece of cardstock onto your cutting mat, select your material and load your mat into your Cricut® machine.

Step 5

When your machine is done cutting from your cardstock, unload your mat and gently remove the cardstock. Remove any pieces left around or within the cutout and discard. Add your next mat layer, as indicated in the review panel on the left of your screen, re-load the mat and click the blinking icon. Repeat for each layer.

Step 6

Lightly paint the peaks of all the black hills with grey paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 7

Remove the back of your shadow box.
TIP: Set aside the rest of the shadow box for later. You only need the back to build the scene.

Step 8

Cut an 11" x 14" [27.9 cm x 35.6 cm] from the gray cardstock and adhere to the back of the shadow box for your background.

Step 9

Adhere the yellow moon to the background.
TIP: Use the image as your guide to assemble your 3D haunted house scene.

Step 10

Turn the black tree with hills cut-out over and add foam squares. Cut the squares to fit the some of the tree branches so they cannot be seen from the front. Remove the paper back on the foam squares, turn the piece over and attach to your background so it is about ¼" [0.6 cm] from the bottom of the background.

Step 11

Adhere the yellow house cut-out to the back of the brown haunted house.

Step 12

Use foam squares to attach the haunted house to the middle, right of your scene.
TIP: The bottom portion of the house will overlap onto the black tree with hills cut-out from Step 10 but the top will be attached to the grey background.

Step 13

Lay out the LED strung lights across your background and allow the battery pack to hang off the side of the backing.
TIP: The battery pack will be hanging out the back of your shadow box once it is put together, but the actual lights will run from side to side within layers of your haunted scene.

Step 14

Use hot glue to adhere a section of lights to the black tree about halfway down the cut-out, horizontally.

Step 15

Use foam squares to attach the next layer of black hills about ¼" [0.6 cm] from the bottom of your background.
TIP: The hills will cover the lights but when the lights are on, you will be able to see the glow!

Step 16

Repeat Step 14-15 for the remaining layers: black hill cut-out, strung lights, grey fence, remaining strung lights, black hill cut-out and finally the tombstones.

Step 17

Carefully place the back with attached haunted scene to the frame of your shadow box. Remember the battery pack should be hanging outside the shadow box.

Step 18

Add batteries to the battery pack.
TIP: Tape the battery pack to the back of your shadow bow. Place it near an edge so you can easily turn it off and on when desired.

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