Paper Flower Shadow Box

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Learn how to make a gorgeous paper flower shadow box as home decor or a heart-felt gift.

There’s just something magical about paper flowers. Not only are they gorgeous, but paper flowers can keep their beauty for years and years. Paper flowers are still rather fragile, but you can offset this by displaying and protecting them inside a shadow box. And — bonus — the glass on the front of the shadow box is perfect for personalization. Paper flower shadow boxes are really popular and on-trend, making beautiful home decor conversation pieces and thoughtful gifts for someone special. I’m delighted to share this paper flower shadow box tutorial with you today!

A pretty paper flower shadow box made from rolled paper roses

One of the biggest questions I get about paper flower shadow boxes is “what size do you make the paper flowers?” In this tutorial, I will remove the guesswork by providing a specific paper flower template (my paper rose design) that is already sized for particular shadow box sizes. So you can simply follow this tutorial and you’ll get a beautiful paper flower shadow box! Here’s the number of paper flowers you’ll need to make at specific sizes for these size shadow boxes.

Paper Flower Shadow Box Sizing based on JenniferMaker

Still, I know that won’t help everyone, because if you decide to use a different paper flower, you’ll be back at the drawing board. Some paper flowers will roll up tighter or looser than others. What I recommend you do cut out your paper flower of choice using the sizing recommendation in the chart above, then measure the width of the FINISHED paper flower. Now use this chart to see how many flowers you need for a specific size shadow box. Just keep in mind that you may want to move up or down a line based on how tightly or loosely packed you want YOUR paper flower shadow box. I think this will give you a great starting point, though!

Paper Flower Shadow Box Quantity Chart based on finished paper flower size

And if you’re not familiar with how to roll paper flowers, I have a quick video that explains how to do that here:

Of course, if you just want to follow a step-by-step tutorial that takes out all the guesswork, I have that for you, too! Just keep reading for the full details!

A beautiful paper flower shadow box made from rolled paper roses

Ready to make your own paper flower shadow box? I’m super excited to show you how! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make a 9″ x 9″ Paper Flower Shadow Box

I kept my shadow box right next to my bed while I was sick with the flu, and it cheered me up just to see it!

A lovely paper flower shadow box made from rolled paper roses on a bedside table

Get my free SVG files to make your own Paper Flower Shadow Box!

I’d love to see your paper flower shadow boxes and what sentiments you put on them! If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.


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