DIY Paper Heart Shadow Box for Valentine’s Day

Make this Valentine’s special! Create a heartfelt Paper Heart Shadow Box with our easy tutorial. Cherish love in every layer.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air already. It’s time to get inspired and decorate our home even if it’s just a spot like a mantel or something.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Shadow Box

I’m keeping my mantel tradition so I’m working on different crafts to make it pretty. Today I’m sharing this cute and super easy-to-make layered Paper Heart Shadow Box.

I love this shadow box frame with all my heart. If you have been around for a while you probably noticed already LOL. The possibilities are endless. Love that I can make layered crafts or 3D shapes in it. You will probably see a lot more crafts with this frame in the feature!

How to Make a Paper Heart Shadow Box

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock.
  • Glue and gold glitter.
  • Foam double-sided tape.
  • A Shadow Box frame.

Tools:

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut will work.
  • Cutter or scissors.
  • A ruler

Instructions:

Step 1: Preparing the design

The first thing I did was create the design using the frame’s measures.

I represented the empty hearts as red since that would be the color that would be behind everything.

I used gold{ish} color to represent the gold glitter heart. And the gray lines for the white hearts.

Screen-Shot of Paper Heart Shadow Box design

I made a copy of the design and converted everything into simple lines, all in black. Remove any grouping or compound path so I can export the design as a .dxf file. This type of file is accepted by Silhouette Studio.

I opened my Silhouette Studio app and opened the .dxf file.

Screen-Shot of vector design

I gave the design style again just so I don’t forget what is what.

Screen-Shot of design for cutting machine

Then I divided the design into two. One with all the hearts that would be layered and the other that would have the hollow hearts and the “I” and “U” letters.

For this last one, I added a squared line with the exact measures of the inner area of the frame.

You can get the cut file HERE

and you can also snag the printable version HERE

*Please keep in mind that these freebies are for personal use only, no commercial purposes are allowed, and neither is copying parts or its total. Enjoy!

Screen-Shot of selected parts of design

Step 2: Send to cut the design

Load the mat with the chosen cardstock for each layer to the machine.

Set it up correctly according to the type of cardstock you are using on the Silhouette stucio app.

Adjust the knife as recommended. If it doesn’t cut properly with recommended settings, adjust as needed.

Sent to cut one design at a time.

cutting machine working

Look how cute the hearts look!!!!

image detail of cut hearts

Step 3: Assembling the layers

So, ok it’s time to assemble the pieces.

image of the Paper Heart Shadow Box supplies

I cut a frame to use around the red cardstock. This piece should be the same size as the sample page that comes with the frame. Set this aside.

white cardstock frame around the red cardstock

I took my white cut cardstock with the hollow hearts and recreated the design with the cutout hearts to match the original design.

 white cut cardstock recreating
 the design with hearts

Then using the foam double-sided tape I place each heart in place. I wanted them separated from the base, so used a double layer of tape LOL.

closer view of double-sided tape placed each heart in place

I went one by one making sure they kept them aligned and straight.

placing the cut hearts on the cardboard
image of the design of the hearts already placed

Then for the last heart, I applied regular glue, spread with my fingers, and poured some glitter!!!!!!

placing white glue on the cut heart

I let it dry for a few minutes.

placing gold glitter over the heart

I went back to the red cardstock. Carefully I applied double-sided tape in the corners and different places making sure not to put any tape where the hollow hearts would be.

double-sided tape applied to the corners of the back of the red cardboard

Again carefully, I placed the heart pattern on top of the red cardstock as centered as possible.

close view of finished Paper Heart Shadow Box design

When the gold heart was dry, I applied some foam tape and put it between the “I” and “U”.

showing the heart with gold glitter to place it in the design
close up view of golden heart on design

The design is ready!!!!

The design is ready

Step 4: Assembling the shadow box

Time to put it in the frame facing down.

placing the design inside the picture frame

I closed the frame and voila!!!

Paper Heart Shadow Box finished
view of layered heart pattern Valentine’s Day frame

I LOVE how it turned out! It doesn’t take too much to make and it really makes your mantel or any table stand out!

Paper Heart Shadow Box on the mantel

Crafting Tips:

  • You could add tiny LED fairy lights between layers or all around the frame for a dreamy touch.
  • Consider experimenting with varied heart sizes, not just the typical ones. Play with proportions for a visually dynamic outcome.
  • Create a 3D effect by varying the thickness of the foam double-sided tape.
The Cute Paper Heart Shadow Box finished on the mantel

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best paper thickness for this project?

I recommend opting for medium-weight cardstock; it strikes the right balance for cutting and layering.

Any tips for cutting intricate shapes with scissors?

Take your time, use sharp scissors, and make small, precise cuts for intricate details.

What if I don’t have foam double-sided tape?

Substitute with craft foam squares or layers of cardstock for a similar effect. You can use glue or hot glue.

What if I don’t have a cutting machine?

You can cut by hand with scissors and/or a craft knife. The key is in the patience and making sure these are very sharp and cut carefully.

MORE VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS TO TRY

If you like this DIY Paper Heart Shadow Box tutorial, you might also love these other Valentine’s Day project ideas too:

✂️ TUTORIAL

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DIY Paper Heart Shadow Box for Valentine’s Day

Camila Rojas
Make this Valentine’s special! Create a heartfelt Paper Heart Shadow Box with our easy tutorial. Cherish love in every layer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Crafting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Easter Craft, Paper Craft, Valentine’s Day
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut will work.
  • Cutter or Scissors
  • A ruler

Supplies
  

  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock.
  • Glue and gold glitter.
  • Foam double-sided tape.
  • A Shadow Box frame.

Instructions
 

STEP 1: PREPARING THE DESIGN

  • The first thing I did was create the design using the frame’s measures.
  • I represented the empty hearts as red since that would be the color that would be behind everything.
  • I used gold{ish} color to represent the gold glitter heart. And the gray lines for the white hearts.
  • I made a copy of the design and converted everything into simple lines, all in black. Remove any grouping or compound path so I can export the design as a .dxf file. This type of file is accepted by Silhouette Studio.
  • I opened my Silhouette Studio app and opened the .dxf file.
  • I gave the design style again just so I don’t forget what is what.
  • Then I divided the design into two. One with all the hearts that would be layered and the other that would have the hollow hearts and the “I” and “U” letters.
  • For this last one, I added a squared line with the exact measures of the inner area of the frame.
  • *Please keep in mind that these freebies are for personal use only, no commercial purposes are allowed, and neither is copying parts or its total. Enjoy!

STEP 2: SEND TO CUT THE DESIGN

  • Load the mat with the chosen cardstock for each layer to the machine.
  • Set it up correctly according to the type of cardstock you are using on the Silhouette stucio app.
  • Adjust the knife as recommended. If it doesn’t cut properly with recommended settings, adjust as needed.
  • Sent to cut one design at a time.
  • Look how cute the hearts look!!!!

STEP 3: ASSEMBLING THE LAYERS

  • So, ok it’s time to assemble the pieces.
  • I cut a frame to use around the red cardstock. This piece should be the same size as the sample page that comes with the frame. Set this aside.
  • I took my white cut cardstock with the hollow hearts and recreated the design with the cutout hearts to match the original design.
  • Then using the foam double-sided tape I place each heart in place. I wanted them separated from the base, so used a double layer of tape LOL.
  • I went one by one making sure they kept them aligned and straight.
  • Then for the last heart, I applied regular glue, spread with my fingers, and poured some glitter!!!!!!
  • I let it dry for a few minutes.
  • I went back to the red cardstock. Carefully I applied double-sided tape in the corners and different places making sure not to put any tape where the hollow hearts would be.
  • Again carefully, I placed the heart pattern on top of the red cardstock as centered as possible.
  • close view of finished Paper Heart Shadow Box design
  • When the gold heart was dry, I applied some foam tape and put it between the “I” and “U”.
  • The design is ready!!!!

STEP 4: ASSEMBLING THE SHADOW BOX

  • Time to put it in the frame facing down.
  • I closed the frame and voila!!!
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