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Turn a 3D Layered SVG into a Lighted Shadow Box


Shadow boxes are a fun and creative way to display your favorite objects and mementos. A shadow box is typically a glass-fronted box that you can fill with objects such as photos, shells, and other memorabilia. With modern technology, such as the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, you can now create intricate and layered designs to display in your shadow box. In this article, we will discuss how to turn a 3D layered SVG into a lighted shadow box with the help of Silhouette School.

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Before we begin, it’s essential to have the necessary tools and materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  1. Silhouette Cameo cutting machine
  2. 3D layered SVG file
  3. Cardstock or paper
  4. Glue or adhesive
  5. LED string lights
  6. Frame or shadow box

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Cutting the 3D Layered SVG

First, you need to choose a 3D layered SVG file of your choice. You can either create one from scratch or find one online. Once you have the file, you can load it into your Silhouette Cameo software. Make sure to adjust the size of the design according to the size of your shadow box or frame. Then, you can proceed to cut the design on cardstock or paper using the Silhouette Cameo.

Step 2: Assembling the Layers

After cutting the design on your chosen material, it’s time to assemble the layers. You can stack the layers using glue or adhesive based on the design. Make sure to align the layers accurately to create a 3D effect. Once done, let it dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Adding the Lights

To add lights to the shadow box, you can use LED string lights. Insert the lights through small holes on the back of the shadow box or frame. You can also attach the lights on the back of the paper design using tape or glue. Make sure to position the lights where they will shine through the layers of the design.

Step 4: Placing the Design in the Shadow Box or Frame

Lastly, you can display your finished design in a shadow box or frame. Secure the design in place with glue or tape. You can also adjust the light settings according to your liking. Now, you have your own lighted shadow box using a 3D layered SVG design!


Creating a lighted shadow box using a 3D layered SVG design is a great way to showcase your creativity and add a personalized touch to your home decor. With the help of Silhouette School and a few basic materials, you can now make your own lighted shadow box in no time. Use your imagination and create unique designs that reflect your interests and personality. Enjoy the process and admire your finished work for years to come.