DIY Birch Shadow Box Paper Craft

Every fall I get this burning desire to go visit places that are bursting with colors of birch, aspen and maple trees!

DIY: Printable Birch Shadow Box - A Piece Of Rainbow

  Living in Southern Cali we only get a tiny glimpse of fall color. To make up for that, I designed a shadow box art inspired by birch and aspen forests!  

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  All you need are 2 pieces of paper! 

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If you saw those Dimensional Lanterns, you know that I love this cardstock, it’s about 165 gsm weight. For this shadow box I used the same paper, you can also use something even heavier.  

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  To Start, download the template and print out the 2 pages. Here’s the pdf you can print, and Silhouette file of page 2 – I hand cut page 1 since it’s easy.
  If you don’t use a Silhouette machine, no worries! It’s easy enough to cut with an Xacto knife. After cutting out the areas, gently score the lines where folds are needed. This will give a nice and clean fold later.    

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You can use a craft knife or machines like Cricut to print and cut the 2 pages.

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  Next fold and glue the 2 pieces so each become a box-like object. See photos above.
  Place the background piece inside the frame piece, and use double sided tape or glue to secure them together.  

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  To hang it, I used double sided tape, you can also make a little tab with paper or string, or place it on a table. Voila! Our little window to a fall birch forest!
  If you love easy paper projects, check out these 2 sets of dimensional lanterns! Set 1, and set 2. Happy creating!  

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  1. I love this, although I actually thought the title was “Birchbox” shadow box (the monthly make-up sample boxes), which actually would be the perfect size to something like this with! I’m always looking for ways to repurpose them, they are really pretty!

  2. Woooooow, you are so talented! I love the way you’re working with paper! Keep on going!!! And thant you for sharing. Know I know the perfect birthday present for the one, who love the autum.

  3. Thank you so much. I love the birch trees and look forward to making them. I’m thinking of mounting them in shadow boxes and give as a fall gift to others. I’m also looking forward to trying the lanterns, have my supplies ready, but no time to make them yet. The earth ovens sounded like fabulous fun to do, and to use.

  4. This is sooooo cool!! thank you! I’ll have to try this! I just bought a new exacto knife set!!! great project yo use it on! you always making uber cool things! 🙂

  5. Another gorgeous offering of a DIY project Ananda…it’s beautiful. You are truly blessed with talent and the ability to make it look simple! xx Thank you.
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    • I’ve never read Robert Frost’s poem, ” Birches”, but my Mom used to recite his ” Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” every year for Christmas. I remember that as being one of my most favourite of our family holiday traditions. Maybe Ananda could come up with another amazing paper craft to go along with that poem also! Btw, I’m going to look up, “Birches” right now. Thank you! Of course thank you too, Ananda, for sharing such a beautiful printable craft that even I can do, lol! I look forward to more of your designs!!!

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