Paper Flower Shadowbox with a Cricut Machine



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Today I thought I would make a paper flower shadowbox and show you the best methods for making one of these for your home. This project is simple to make and gives you a simply stunning result. That makes it the perfect craft for your home’s decor or to give as gifts to those special people in your life. Grab some paper and get started creating your own Cricut flower shadowbox today!

rolled flower shadowbox

Paper Flower Shadowbox

You can actually watch me make this project in the video below. I am sharing my best tips and tricks for making paper flowers and assembling the shadowbox as well.

Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? I also have the details below!

I’m going to put a monogram on the front of my version of this paper flower shadowbox, but you can put whatever you would like on the front. You can also make these as big or as small as you would like. I’m going to be using my Cricut Explore Air Two today, but literally, any of the Cricut machines can make this project. The best part of making this project for me is that it can be completely personalized! The colors, the size, the types of flowers you use, what you put on the front – everything can be personalized and what you want it to be. 

Supplies Needed:

supplies to make a shadowbox with paper flowers

Designing Flowers in Cricut Design Space

Let’s take a look in Cricut Design Space at designing the project. You’ll need a flower as well as a monogram for the vinyl on the front, or any kind of design on the front. For the flower, I’m using spiral flowers and I’m going to show you how to make those, but let’s talk about how to find them in Cricut Design Space first.

Go to “image” and we’re going to search for a flower. We’re going to pull down “project type” and we’re going to click “3D”. This filters them down a little bit. You’ll start to see spiral-like flowers. You can click “view image sets”, and that will show you what image set that the flower is in.

finding 3d flowers in cricut design space

If you open that image set, you will see more variations, most likely of the flower that you’re looking at. I could choose pointy leaves or just plain spirals. From there, you should be able to find a flower that you like for your shadow box.

finding paper flower designs for your cricut

I have inserted a version of the flower and all I did was just play with the size until four would fit on a sheet. Four on the sheet will help me utilize my material the best. I just cut four on a sheet and made some samples, and those fit really well inside the shadow box that I’m using. The dimensions of my flower are 4.911 by 5.181. Now, when I click “make it”, I can make four copies. Click “apply”. If I scroll down to my flowers, you can see that four will fit on a sheet. 

flowers laid out on a cricut mat

Making a Split Monogram in Design Space

Now, let’s talk about making the monogram for the front. You could do a monogram, quote, or just a cut design – whatever you want for the front. I’m going to do a monogram. I searched “H monogram” in Cricut Design Space and added my name in a font that I liked in the middle. My font is a classic Roman Standard Regular. I added my font to the center of my monogram. I sized it to about 6 x 6 inches. Be sure to attach the two pieces together, so they will cut from one piece of vinyl. Now let’s head to our machine!

split monogram design in cricut design space

Cutting Flowers

First, I added my paper to my mat and I set my material to “medium cardstock” in Cricut Design Space.

pink paper on cricut mat

We can now add our mat to the machine, and I have my fine point blade installed. We’ll press the “go” button to start cutting.

pink paper being cut on a cricut explore air 2

Once the cut is complete, remove the mat from the machine then remove the flowers from the mat. For the flowers, I’d recommend turning the mat over and peeling the mat back to remove each of the flower pieces. 

removing cut paper pieces from a cricut mat

How to Make Paper Flowers

There are a variety of ways to assemble your flowers. I use my hot glue gun for my flowers, but you can use other forms of adhesive as well. Start from the outside edge and roll to the inside and use the middle portion – it’s like a circle for the glue. I’m using four rows of four flowers, and I need 16 of these flowers.

Special Tools for Making Cricut Flowers

You can use a variety of tools to help you roll the flowers. Most commonly, people use a quilling tool. A quilling tool would be an extra expense if you do not have one. If you’re just making one shadow box for yourself, I recommend not buying a quilling tool. If you’re going to make these shadow boxes to sell, a quilling tool will make your life a lot easier.

I’m just going to make one shadow box for myself, so I’m just going to use my hands, however, there are a couple of tools that you can try and see if you like them. One of those is just a sharp pair of pliers, and another would be tweezers. You can try those to hold that center piece as you roll your flower.

tools to make rolled paper flowers

Making Rolled Paper Flowers

I like to just use my hands. Start from the outer edge and roll as tight as you can get it.

paper flower rolled up

Once I have it as tight as I can get it, I just sort of release my fingers slightly and let it expand until I like the look. In nature, flowers would be partially open, partially closed. There would be a variety of different looks. I just let it open as far as I want it to open.

pink rose made from paper

Then hold it in place and fold the circle piece down slightly. Add glue to that circle.

back of rolled paper flower

Fold the circle back down and hold it into place while it cools. The glue secures all of the layers of the flower. As I’m holding it and letting the glue cool, I work the outside petals and bend them slightly to make them look like they are open a little bit. I basically do it until I like the look of the flower itself. Now my flowers are complete! 

completed flower made from paper

Assembly of the Paper Flower Shadowbox

I cut some navy blue paper to size to use as a background. You can use adhesive to secure to the back of your paper flower shadowbox.

assembling paper flowers into a frame

Take the shadowbox apart and take out the insert if yours has one. My flowers will need to fit inside of the insert as that will take up some room inside of the shadowbox. I want my flowers to go in a certain order, color-wise. You could do this randomly, all the same color – just totally depends on what you would like to do. Add that insert around the outside and use it to help place the flowers.

paper flowers on a paper mat

Then glue the flowers individually to the navy paper. Be sure to clean up any glue strings before assembling the shadowbox. You will also want to make sure that your glass is clean on the inside. Add that insert back in then put the backer with the flowers attached inside. The flowers make this one pretty tight, so we’ll just kind of squeeze it down and fold the frame tabs slightly down all the way around. And there you have it, your flowers are in the shadowbox!

paper flowers in a shadowbox

Adding Vinyl 

Now we’re going to add our monogram that I cut out of vinyl to the paper flower shadowbox. Be sure to clean any debris from the front. Cut and weed your vinyl then put it on some transfer tape. Because my design is pretty large, I’m going to use the hinge method of application. I’m just going to run a piece of tape down the center and add to the front of the shadowbox. Make sure it is burnished down really well on both the front as well as the back before doing this.

hinge method for vinyl application

Then just remove one side from the backing paper. This method of vinyl transfer makes it a bit easier because you don’t have to deal with so much at one time. Cut away the backing paper from the portion you peeled back.

applying vinyl to the glass on a shadowbox

Then apply that half of the vinyl from the center out. This also helps with bubbles because you’re just working with half and you can really work from one side to the other.

adhesive vinyl being added to a shadowbox

Once you have that half stuck, remove the tape. Remove the backing sheet from the other half.

adding vinyl monogram to a shadowbox

Once again, work that down from the center out. Go slowly and burnish well to help remove any bubbles. All that’s left to do is peel back that transfer tape, burnish down your vinyl one more time, and this one is ready to display in your home or give as a gift! 

peeling transfer tape away from adhesive vinyl on glass

I love the way my paper flower shadowbox turned out and I hope you do as well. Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration for making one of these for your home.

cricut flower shadowbox

I also think this would make a great gift. Think of weddings, baby showers, and so much more! Just roll those paper flowers and add them to a cute shadowbox.

shadowbox with paper flowers

Pick colors that your gift recipient loves or is used in their home. Then make a personalized gift that anyone is sure to love.

paper flower shadowbox

I know I am in love with this project and I am sure you will be as well. So, be sure to pick up the supplies to make your own paper flower shadowbox!

how to make a cricut flower shadowbox

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paper flower shadowbox

Paper Flower Shadowbox

This DIY shadowbox is perfect with paper flowers made on your Cricut machine.

Supplies

  • Cricut machine
  • Paper in various colors
  • Shadowbox
  • Hot glue gun
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Light grip mat
  • Weeding tool
  • Scraper
  • Tape

Instructions

Designing Flowers in Cricut Design Space

  • Let’s take a look in Cricut Design Space at designing the project. You’ll need a flower as well as a monogram for the vinyl on the front, or any kind of design on the front. For the flower, I’m using spiral flowers and I’m going to show you how to make those, but let’s talk about how to find them in Cricut Design Space first.

  • Go to “image” and we’re going to search for a flower. We’re going to pull down “project type” and we’re going to click “3D”. This filters them down a little bit. You’ll start to see spiral-like flowers. You can click “view image sets”, and that will show you what image set that the flower is in.

  • If you open that image set, you will see more variations, most likely of the flower that you’re looking at. I could choose pointy leaves or just plain spirals. From there, you should be able to find a flower that you like for your shadow box.

  • I have inserted a version of the flower and all I did was just play with the size until four would fit on a sheet. Four on the sheet will help me utilize my material the best. I just cut four on a sheet and made some samples, and those fit really well inside the shadow box that I’m using. The dimensions of my flower are 4.911 by 5.181. Now, when I click “make it”, I can make four copies. Click “apply”. If I scroll down to my flowers, you can see that four will fit on a sheet.

Making a Split Monogram in Design Space

  • Now, let’s talk about making the monogram for the front. You could do a monogram, quote, or just a cut design – whatever you want for the front. I’m going to do a monogram. I searched “H monogram” in Cricut Design Space and added my name in a font that I liked in the middle. My font is a classic Roman Standard Regular. I added my font to the center of my monogram. I sized it to about 6 x 6 inches. Be sure to attach the two pieces together, so they will cut from one piece of vinyl. Now let’s head to our machine!

Cutting Flowers

  • First, I added my paper to my mat and I set my material to “medium cardstock” in Cricut Design Space.

  • We can now add our mat to the machine, and I have my fine point blade installed. We’ll press the “go” button to start cutting.

  • Once the cut is complete, remove the mat from the machine then remove the flowers from the mat. For the flowers, I’d recommend turning the mat over and peeling the mat back to remove each of the flower pieces.

How to Make Paper Flowers

  • There are a variety of ways to assemble your flowers. I use my hot glue gun for my flowers, but you can use other forms of adhesive as well. Start from the outside edge and roll to the inside and use the middle portion – it’s like a circle for the glue. I’m using four rows of four flowers, and I need 16 of these flowers.

Special Tools for Making Cricut Flowers

  • You can use a variety of tools to help you roll the flowers. Most commonly, people use a quilling tool. A quilling tool would be an extra expense if you do not have one. If you’re just making one shadow box for yourself, I recommend not buying a quilling tool. If you’re going to make these shadow boxes to sell, a quilling tool will make your life a lot easier.

  • I’m just going to make one shadow box for myself, so I’m just going to use my hands, however, there are a couple of tools that you can try and see if you like them. One of those is just a sharp pair of pliers, and another would be tweezers. You can try those to hold that center piece as you roll your flower.

Making Rolled Paper Flowers

  • I like to just use my hands. Start from the outer edge and roll as tight as you can get it.

  • Once I have it as tight as I can get it, I just sort of release my fingers slightly and let it expand until I like the look. In nature, flowers would be partially open, partially closed. There would be a variety of different looks. I just let it open as far as I want it to open.

  • Then hold it in place and fold the circle piece down slightly. Add glue to that circle.

  • Fold the circle back down and hold it into place while it cools. The glue secures all of the layers of the flower. As I’m holding it and letting the glue cool, I work the outside petals and bend them slightly to make them look like they are open a little bit. I basically do it until I like the look of the flower itself. Now my flowers are complete!

Assembly of the Paper Flower Shadowbox

  • I cut some navy blue paper to size to use as a background. You can use adhesive to secure to the back of your paper flower shadowbox.

  • Take the shadowbox apart and take out the insert if yours has one. My flowers will need to fit inside of the insert as that will take up some room inside of the shadowbox. I want my flowers to go in a certain order, color-wise. You could do this randomly, all the same color – just totally depends on what you would like to do. Add that insert around the outside and use it to help place the flowers.

  • Then glue the flowers individually to the navy paper. Be sure to clean up any glue strings before assembling the shadowbox. You will also want to make sure that your glass is clean on the inside. Add that insert back in then put the backer with the flowers attached inside. The flowers make this one pretty tight, so we’ll just kind of squeeze it down and fold the frame tabs slightly down all the way around. And there you have it, your flowers are in the shadowbox!

Adding Vinyl

  • Now we’re going to add our monogram that I cut out of vinyl to the paper flower shadowbox. Be sure to clean any debris from the front. Cut and weed your vinyl then put it on some transfer tape. Because my design is pretty large, I’m going to use the hinge method of application. I’m just going to run a piece of tape down the center and add to the front of the shadowbox. Make sure it is burnished down really well on both the front as well as the back before doing this.

  • Then just remove one side from the backing paper. This method of vinyl transfer makes it a bit easier because you don’t have to deal with so much at one time. Cut away the backing paper from the portion you peeled back.

  • Then apply that half of the vinyl from the center out. This also helps with bubbles because you’re just working with half and you can really work from one side to the other.

  • Once you have that half stuck, remove the tape. Remove the backing sheet from the other half.

  • Once again, work that down from the center out. Go slowly and burnish well to help remove any bubbles. All that’s left to do is peel back that transfer tape, burnish down your vinyl one more time, and this one is ready to display in your home or give as a gift!

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