Paper Moon Shadow Box

Paper Moon Shadow Box

What You'll Need:

8" x 10" Shadow Box
Die Cuts: Nesting Circles, Moon
8.5" x 11" Vellum Gold Metallic
8.5" x 11" Pearl Copper
8.5" x 11" Deep Navy
8.5" x 11" Pearl Moonstone
8.5" x 11" Intense Cobalt
8.5" x 11" Dress Blues
8.5" x 11" Scuba Diver
8.5" x 11" Grapevine
Cuttlebug® Embossing Machine
Purple Light Moonlights
Hercules® Double-Sided Tape
Adhesive Foam Tape
Washi Tape
Paper Trimmer
X-ACTO® Knife


Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 2 Hours

How to Make a Paper Moon Shadow Box

Decorate your space with an out of this world Paper Moon Shadow Box! Use celestial inspired cardstock to create a planet, moons and stars and then add moon lights to make your own special galaxy shine at night.
  • 1 Cut Deep Navy cardstock

    Cut the Deep Navy cardstock 6" x 8" to fit inside of the shadow box. Tape the cardstock in place.

  • 2 Add hole to box

    Use an awl to punch a hole near the bottom of the box.

  • 3 Add moon lights to frame

    Feed the end of the moon lights up through the back of the frame. Tape the battery pack to the back of the frame.

  • 4 Use tape to attach moon lights

    Cut twenty-seven, 1" sections of adhesive foam tape. Triple stack the sections and arrange inside the frame about 3/4" from edges (this makes nine stacks). Wind the moon lights around the nine foam stacks.

  • 5 Cut paper into 6" x 8" pieces

    Cut the Pearl Moon, Scuba Diver, Dress Blues and Intense Cobalt cardstock into 6" x 8" pieces.

  • 6 Begin creating circles

    Position a die cut circle (cut side against paper) on the back of each sheet created in the previous step. Hold in place with washi tape. The smallest circle will be 2" from the top right and 1" from the right side.

  • 7 Create additional circles

    Die cut four circles from four blue sheets of cardstock-range from a small circle on the Pearl Moon cardstock to the largest circle on the Intense Cobalt cardstock.

  • 8 Attach circles to frame

    Stack and arrange the four sheets so the circles are off-center. Attach the cardstock together with Hercules® tape. Place this stack into the frame an attach to the nine foam stacks.

  • 9 Create moons

    Cut two moons from the Pearl Moon and Grapevine cardstock and stack off-center. Position and overlap the left side of the cut circles. Refer to photo as a guide.

  • 10 Cut stars and planet

    Cut the stars and planet from the Copper and Gold Vellum cardstock. Cut four large and four small stars.

  • 11 Create frame border

    Cut the Dress Blues cardstock sheet to 8" x 10". Measure and mark a 1.5" border around and cut an opening using a paper trimmer or straight edge and an X-ACTO® knife. Attach the border to the top of the frame.

  • 12 Add stars to frame

    Using the photo as your guide, arrange two stars in the circle opening. Arrange the remaining stars on the Intense Cobalt cardstock and on the frames border.