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DIY Paper-cut Light Box

I recently saw some awesome artwork by these artists Hari and Deepti and I was very inspired to create some of my own. I threw together three tutorials; one is advanced, one is intermediate and one is easy. Check out the video below, or continue on after the “read more” tag, to figure out how to make your own!

A quick note about the lights I used in these light boxes. These things are great; you can cut them to size and they’re self adhesive. Perfect for any project requiring a little bit of lighting. If you want to buy some for your own projects here are some affiliate links for the lights, extra connector things and power cords. If you don’t feel like buying these things you can probably just use some Christmas lights, but the downside to those is that you’d only have a tiny bit of the lights inside the box, and then you’d have a long tail of lights hanging out of it. Unless you build a big box to accommodate a whole string of lights. Which would be awesome.




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Click here to download the template for this one.

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So there we go! Three different light boxes, three different levels of difficulty. I hope you all enjoyed these things, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, and I’m already planning a few more to make!

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  1. Arif
    June 18, 2015 at 4:47 am — Reply

    Can u send me the forest and deer template? I’m not so good in free hand drawing. I’ve tried but the result is sooo bad -_-“

  2. Jigar
    September 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    can u pls give me template for advance light box i want to make that and gift it to my best friend…

  3. November 21, 2015 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Hi, I have been looking everywhere for a tutorial and templates for some Christmas Shadow boxes I am making as presents! Yours is the only one I can find with complete instructions. It seems a lot of people would like the templates to the advanced box that you did. I am also interested in this one in particular. If you still have the templates for these, would you PLEASE make them available as a download? It would help me so much as I’m not that good at drawing!! Thank You Very Much!

  4. Konrad Berntsen
    December 8, 2015 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    If you could make and publish the a template for the one with a deer too, it would be simply awesome. That and the one with temples would be a perfect as a Christmas project.

    Best regards
    Konrad Berntsen

  5. Jessica
    February 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    Wanted to let you know that I’ve tried putting a regular plugged in strand of Christmas lights inside a box (the shortest strand I could find) and they get hot after only about 30 minutes of being on. The confined space doesn’t allow them to cool sufficiently. I tried to use them for a nightlight box I created for my daughter and she asked why it was steaming inside the box, definitely not a question you want to hear. I quickly unplugged and changed the lights due to my fear of having a fire hazard. I suggest buying LED string lights that are known as ‘rice lights,’ you can find them at any major craft store in the floral section. They are quite nice to use, as my favorites have a 6 hour timer that automatically turns back on the same time tomorrow, have a switch instead of a plug and run on double A batteries. if you decide that you like them, Amazon sells them in 5 packs at a substantial savings. Just wanted to pass my experience with making these boxes along to others. I love your project, it has inspired me to create multiple boxes themed around children’s fairytales for my Christmas presents last year. Thank you soo much for sharing your talents with us.

  6. Jigar
    April 9, 2016 at 1:05 am — Reply

    hey chezlin

    as i said i made it for my bff
    & now am making it again but i want to use my 1st layer of light almost same as yours
    can i use that?
    surely i m gonna draw that my self but still
    if u have no prob?
    may be my lightbox could look like yours but actually it will be inspired by yours.
    pls reply soon
    & thanks

  7. D
    April 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    Hi. Could you please make the advanced template available? Thank you! D

  8. Becky
    August 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    can you email me advance template? would love to try this! Baby grandson coming soon and their theme is woodland/deer. Thank you 🙂

  9. fars
    December 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    very awesome tutorial! really appreciate u taking the time and effort asssembling n filming this to show us n like how u presented it..very clear and informational. thx!

  10. fars
    December 3, 2016 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    btw think most people asking for template. ..likely she won’t be uploading it becoz it seems like she freehand sketch all these layers therefore there is no template to upload. i could be wrong but watching her tutorial looks like she went freehand.

  11. Nadeem
    February 4, 2017 at 5:12 am — Reply

    Templates please

  12. Shami
    April 27, 2017 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Are your templates available for download

  13. shaymaa
    September 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    hello…greetings from Egypt…can i have the dear template plz? keep up the great work ^_^

  14. JustChristmassGift
    December 12, 2017 at 12:07 am — Reply

    Hi, I love your works.
    I want make deer theme.
    Can you sent me this template? 🙂
    I see Im not the one.

  15. Thomas
    February 20, 2018 at 6:21 am — Reply

    Hi what thickness (gsm) card do you use please?

  16. Ruchir
    April 6, 2018 at 8:27 am — Reply

    Can you please share the first one as a template. I am bad at free hand drawing, but would love to remake that,

  17. Leony
    November 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm — Reply


    I was wondering if you used glass in all 3 or just one box? And did the glass come with the box or did you get it somewhere else? If i had to buy it seperately, how would you suggest to attach the glass to the box? I think i would want it for protection, i bet people want to touch the paper..

    Thank you!!

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