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DIY Easy Halloween Shadow Box

September 29, 2019 (Last Updated: January 8, 2021)

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This is what your Halloween decor was missing! A cute wooden Halloween shadow box with a haunted house, a spooky tree and eerie lights. It’s really easy to make, also together with your kids!

The fact that this is my second Halloween decor craft while I haven’t done any Christmas DIY decors yet, says something about me. I don’t know what exactly, but it does.

I always liked Halloween, even though we don’t really celebrate it much in Italy nor in The Netherlands. But I’ve never been a fan of those tacky decorations like plastic spiders or skeletons. I prefer my decor to be simple and cute. A few pumpkins here and there, some ceramic ghosts, a few lights and some DYI decoration like my Nightmare before Christmas felt garland.

This year I wanted to do a slightly bigger decoration. Something that could be the central focus on my fireplace mantel. Browsing for ideas, I stumbled on shadow boxes and a lightbulb immediately popped up over my head!

The very next day and I went to my favorite hobby store to buy all the essentials, which actually was just a wooden box, a black cardboard sheet and some acrylic paint. I couldn’t find at the moments the lights I wanted so I got them the following day.

halloween shadow box orange black silhouette haunted house
halloween shadow box orange black silhouette haunted house

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What do you need for this project

  • A wooden or cardboard box, 21 x 21 cm (8.25 x 8.25 inches)
  • Acrylic Paint: White, Orange, Black
  • A Black cardboard sheet
  • 3-4 LED tealights
  • Scissors
  • Precision Cutter Knife
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush

Download the Templates

If you don’t want to draw the silhouettes yourself, download the printable template of my designs!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Give 2 hands of white acrylic paint all over the box. Let it dry completely.
  2. Give 2 hands of orange acrylic paint on the inside walls of the box. You can also refine the outer border with a little bit of black paint.
  3. When it’s completely dry, paint a few bats on the top corners with the black acrylic paint and a small brush. Otherwise you can cut them out from the template and glue them on.
  4. Cut-out a square of the same size of the box from the black cardboard sheet. Leave an extra inch on one side and fold it.
  5. Cut out the silhouettes from the template and draw them on the cardboard. The house should fit in the square you cut out earlier.
  6. Cut out the silhouettes from the cardboard using scissors and a precision knife.
  7. Glue or attach with tape the gate and the tree on the back of the house silhouette, using the folded flap and a stand.
  8. When everything is in place, glue the bottom side of the flap to the bottom inner wall of the box.
  9. When the glue is dry, add the tealights inside the box and enjoy your new Halloween Shadow Box!
halloween shadow box orange black silhouette haunted house
halloween shadow box orange black silhouette haunted house cinemagraph

Video Instructions

If you make this craft, leave a comment and post a photo on Instagram and tag @jess_craftingmydreams ! I’d love to see your creations! 🙂

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