Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Santa Surprise Shadow Box Lantern
Assembly instructions

Components are
1 x back box section, 1 x front box section 1 x front cover 1 x bottom insert for layers to sit on 1 x top insert for candles to sit in 1 x vellum to back santa and his sleigh 2 x hinges 1 x lock  and the layers some have 1 some may have several
2 x side of sleigh 2 x sleigh runners 2 x decoration for top edge of sleigh 1 x main sleigh section
(sleigh assembly instructions are at the end because it can be built last)
Cut all your components out

The main box is made up of only 2 sections there’s a gluing strip for these to attach together.

First of all glue the vellum in place on the back of Santa’s Sleigh.
Now fold all the scoring lines and then glue the main box together

Glue the layer(s) onto the bottom insert this is an oblong with 4 glue tabs on each side (there’s another one with 5 holes in this is for the top of the box)
When the glue is dry with the layers you can now glue this part into place. The tabs need to fold downwards.
Line the flat base with the payers on it with the bottom of the window.

The next bit is a little fiddly..

The top insert can now be glued in place, the tabs for this need to fold upwards

Slide in into place so that the flat part with the holes in line up with the top of the window.
The holes are for you to put a tealight (upside down) inside. There are several holes to give you a choice of how many candles you want and the positioning of them (I used only 1 on the left hand side to give the effect of the moon)
Now the front cover.
Glue the hinges onto the left side of the front cover spacing them evenly and then the lock on the right side about in the middle
Once the glue has dried, glue the hinges onto the left side of the box.
Place your candle in to top close the lid and you have the most beautiful Shadow Box Lantern
  Sleigh assembly instructions

I would recommend using very tacky double sided tape for sticking the sides to the main section, it can get a bit messy with glue.

So stick one of the sides to the main section starting from the back of the sleigh, taking care to keep the curves neat. Then attach the other side
Now glue on the decoration on the top edge of the sleigh

For the runners I actually cut 4 and glued 2 together for strength 
Attach the runners along the bottom lining them up with the bottom of the sleigh

Make sure you keep the runners level otherwise you'll have a rocking sleigh lol