Cube Shadow Box Christmas Ornaments - Tutorial

Project Description

 

Create a series of Christmas Tree ornaments that can be folded flat for storage or mailing. This tutorial is for the star, snowflake or Nativity cutting file, and may be others if I keep designing more. The assembled cube is 2 7/8" cubed. You can add glitter and ribbon for holiday bling.

Construction techniques are basic beginner 3d techniques. There is a video of the assembly below. Scroll to step 5 to start watching.

Cutting File available here from 3dcuts.com.

 


Supplies needed:

  • Cutting File available here from 3dcuts.com.

  • 8.5 x 11" card stock - I used the 65lb Cardstock from Recollections for colors and Neenah 110 Index Card stock from Amazon for white.

  • Adhesive - Aleenes Spray Tacking Glue, Art Glitter Glue, Scor-Tape

  • Fine Glitter

  • Ribbon - 28”

Major Parts Sizes:

  • Cube Section with Handles: 6.5764" w x 6.1847" h

  • Cube Section- no handles: 6.1778" w x 6.6319" h

  • Each inner layer (5 - white) 3.725" w x 2.6806"h

  • Mask Snowflake: 2.547" w x 2.5347"h

  • Mask Star: 2.4361" w x 2.4417"h

 

Links to supplies on Amazon:

 
 File layout for the Nativity Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.

File layout for the Nativity Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.

 File layout for the Snowflake Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.

File layout for the Snowflake Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.

 File layout for the Star Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.

File layout for the Star Cube Shadow Box Ornament by Marji Roy of 3dcuts.com.


Steps for completing the Cube Show Box Christmas Ornaments:

Special Note: I update the instructions online. Check here for adjustments and additional information.

1. Download the cutting files for your cutting machine here from the 3dcuts.com store.

2. Load the files into your cutting software following the steps for your cutting machine.

3. Prepare the files:.

  • For the Silhouette: The SVG files from this site will need to be turned into cutting files. Click here for detailed steps on how to use SVG files on your Silhouette. http://www.3dcuts.com/tutorial-upload-svg-silhouette

  • DXF files can be opened in the basic edition of Silhouette Design Studio but often require modifications. I recommend using the Designer Edition and using svg files.

  • For Cricut Explore: Here is a guide for importing into Cricut Design Space. http://www.3dcuts.com/tutorial-adding-3dcuts-files-to-cricut

  • For Brother ScanNCut: The svg files will need to be transferred to files for your particular machine. You can change SVG files to FCM files at http://www.canvasworkspace.com/ or Google "How to import SVG files into a ScanNCut" for links to tutorials.

4.  Cut the files.

  • All pieces are cut from card stock. I used solid dark colors for the cube and white for all interior layers.


5. Assembly

  • The assembly steps are detailed in the video below. Here is the YouTubeurl https://youtu.be/oU3bi3_ygdQ. This video covers the directions for all three designs. They all go together the same way and you must pay attention to orientation of the pieces. It does matter!

  • You have the following choices which are all covered in the video.

    • Which design - Nativity, Star or Snowflake

    • Glitter or no. It is optional.

    • Glitter application method- With spray glue (faster) or with art glitter glue - (more controlled). Both are demonstrated in the video.

    • To fold flat or not. You can adhere all the flaps in place during construction which will make for a stronger cube but then you will not be able to again fold it flat. Or you can use ribbon to tie the cube together and again fold it flat for storage during the off-season or mail it as a Christmas Card.

 Cube Shadow Box Christmas Tree Ornaments by 3dCuts.com, by Marji Roy, Cutting files in .svg, .dxf, png and .pdf formats for use with Silhouette, Cricut and Brother cutting machines, paper crafting files, SVG Files

 

 

6. Sending the ornament:

  • This ornament is designed to fold flat for storage or to be mailed in a 6" x 9" booklet envelope.

  • There is an affiliate link in the supplies above for ordering them from Amazon.

  • In the download folder there is a sheet of pdf assembly instructions that you can printed up and insert with the card when sending. (Available with 3Dcuts.com download only. Not included in the Silhouette Store download.)


 Cube Shadow Box Christmas Tree Ornaments by 3dCuts.com, by Marji Roy, Cutting files in .svg, .dxf, png and .pdf formats for use with Silhouette, Cricut and Brother cutting machines, paper crafting files, SVG Files
 Cube Shadow Box Christmas Tree Ornaments by 3dCuts.com, by Marji Roy, Cutting files in .svg, .dxf, png and .pdf formats for use with Silhouette, Cricut and Brother cutting machines, paper crafting files, SVG Files
 
 Cube Shadow Box Christmas Tree Ornaments by 3dCuts.com, by Marji Roy, Cutting files in .svg, .dxf, png and .pdf formats for use with Silhouette, Cricut and Brother cutting machines, paper crafting files, SVG Files