Flashing Door Halloween Shadowbox

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About: I enjoy repurposing and restoring old furniture and making woodwork projects that are not seen every day. I make most of my projects using wood that is either, recycled,reclaimed and love to repurpose and re...

Being Halloween I wanted to make something new for our home. The idea behind the box was, on Halloween night I will hang it up on the door or in my front window to let the trick or treaters know they can get treats at our house.

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Step 1: Prepare the Shadow Box

The shadow box was one I leftover from my daughter's bridesmaid invitations, but these can be picked up for about $7 at our budget stores and they work great. To find images I googled free Halloween images and I selected this one. When you take images off the internet you can use them for personal use as long as on your website you give credit to the creator with a link back to them. I printed my image and cut it to the correct size of the box.

Step 2: Design Your Scene

I downloaded some free Halloween graphics off the internet. I used silhouettes which I thought would look great against the background I had chosen. No Halloween scene would be complete without some witches and a cauldron and an old scary looking tree. And to top it off I added some skeletons, bats and spiders. The images I used were all individual graphics that I put together to make my scene. The font used in this project was a free font from dafont called Halloween Too. All graphics and Fonts used are free for personal use.

Step 3: Cut Your Design

Once you are happy with the design cut the vinyl decal out using a Cricut or a silhouette cameo cutter. Next, you will need to remove the excess vinyl that you don't need. To transfer the image you applied some transfer tape over the image and rub the surface with a scraper. The images will stick to the transfer tape ready to put on the glass.

Step 4: Prepare the Shadowbox

Clean the surface of the glass with alcohol cleaner and place images on the glass and rub with a scarper. Peel off the transfer tape leaving the image behind. I had some LED remote control lights at home and I thought I would try them and see how they looked. And they looked awesome. They have a few settings on them to change the colour of the lights and can be set to flashing, strobe, smooth or fade. So they offer you more variety. The only downfall is they can not hang on the front door because the need to be plugged in a USB plug. But they will still look great in the front window. The lights had a self-adhesive tape that I removed and stuck the LED strip to the inside of the box.

Step 5: Adding the Lights

I had some LED remote control lights at home and I thought I would try them and see how they looked. And they looked awesome. They have a few settings on them to change the colour of the lights and can be set to flashing, strobe, smooth or fade. So they offer you more variety. The only downfall is they can not hang on the front door because the need to be plugged in a USB plug. But they will still look great in the front window. The lights had a self-adhesive tape that I removed and stuck the LED strip to the inside of the box. I used a drill to make a hole in the box so the wires can come out. If you are using the battery operated lights you can attach the battery box to the bottom where the hole is using double-sided tape.

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