Difficulty: Varies depending on template
- thick card stock paper
- foam board
- a shadow box*
- an LED light
- white glue
- a craft knife (and surface protection)
- a box cutter
- a ruler
- a pen/pencil
*Most of the templates are 6"x 6" so you will need a shadow box that will fit a 6" x 6" object. You will also need to make sure the shadow box is deep enough to fit your lightbox thickness and LED light. Foam board is usually about 1/4" thick so no lightbox design will exceed 2" when built. If you want to make your own shadow box/ make a larger lightbox, adjust the templates accordingly.
Start off by printing out your lightbox template of choice onto thick card stock paper (templates can be found here). If your shadow box has a lip around the edge, don't bother with the first page of the template (the frame page).
Once you have your template printed, cut out the layers of the lightbox. Use a craft knife to cut any small and intricate details. Make sure to not cut into the square frame. Try to cut off the printed lines.
Measure rectangles 6" x 1/4" and 5.5"x 1/4" onto your foam board*. You will need 2 of each length for each layer of your lightbox with the exception of the back layer (if you have a template that has 5 layers + a back piece you will need 10 of each length).
*Some of the lightboxes are larger - all lightbox templates use strips that are 1/4" wide, substitute the length (if necessary) to fit the template you've chosen.
Carefully cut your foam board strips with a box cuter.
Glue 2 of the 6" long strips on opposite sides of the square boarder on the first page of your template. Make sure you are glueing the strips on the wrong side of the paper (the side that has the printed lines). Then glue 2 of the 5.5" strips to the remaining sides.
Glue the second layer of your lightbox (right side down) to the foam strips on your first layer. Repeat the same steps with glueing the foam strips to the second layer and then glue the third layer to those strips. Do this for the remaining foam strips/ layer of paper.
Once the glue has dried, gently push your paper and foam board block into your shadow box.
Add an LED light into the back of your shadowbox then replace the shadow box back.
Now you have your finished paper lightbox!