How to Create a Light-Up Shadowbox Picture Frame

Showcase your favorite Instagram photos with this remote-controlled light-up shadowbox you can make in less than 10 minutes.

DIY  Light Up Family Shadow Box

DIY Light Up Family Shadow Box

Showcase your fave instagrams with this remote-controlled DIY Light Up Shadowbox you can make in under 5 minutes!

Photo by: Flynnside Out Production

Flynnside Out Production

Materials Needed

  • 12" x 12" mat with 4" x 4" openings
  • shadowbox frame (at least 1" deep)
  • 4 1/2" square photos
  • scissors or paper trimmer
  • clear tape
  • thin duct tape
  • battery-operated LED lights with remote

Prep Frame

Remove the back, shadowbox liner and any other materials besides the glass. Set aside.

Step 1- PREP FRAME

Step 1- PREP FRAME

Remove back, shadowbox liner (if frame has one), and any other materials besides the glass and set aside.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Print and Trim Photos

Print photos to 4 1/2-inch square, a bit larger than the mat opening. Trim excess paper from images as necessary.

STEP 2- PRINT & TRIM PHOTOS

STEP 2- PRINT & TRIM PHOTOS

Print photos to be 4 ½ inch square, a bit larger than the matte opening. Trim excess paper from images as necessary

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Secure Photos

Apply a piece of tape to the back of the image, with the sticky side and image both facing you (Image A). Place the mat over the image, then center and press down on the taped area. Flip the mat over, and tape the other three sides of the image. Repeat for all the images. Place the mat with photos into the frame (Image B).

Secure LED Battery Pack

On the inside of the frame back, tape down the LED battery pack with strong tape. Make sure to leave approximately 1/4 inch around the edges, depending on the frame.

STEP 4- SECURE BATTERY PACK

STEP 4- SECURE BATTERY PACK

On the inside of the frame back, tape down the light battery pack with your strong tape. You will want to make sure to leave ¼” or so around the edges, depending on the frame

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Spread and Secure Lights

Using clear tape, tape the LED lights down so there's an even amount of lights where each image will be.

STEP 5- SPREAD & SECURE LIGHTS

STEP 5- SPREAD & SECURE LIGHTS

Using your clear tape, tape the LED lights down so that there is an even amount of lights where each image will be.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Reassemble Box or Frame

Place the mat with images inside the frame (facing the glass), reinsert the shadowbox liner and attach the back.

STEP 6- REASSEMBLE BOX or FRAME

STEP 6- REASSEMBLE BOX or FRAME

Place the mat with images inside the frame (facing the glass), re-insert the shadowbox liner, and attach the back.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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