Making shaker boxes is so much fun! This tutorial is so easy that kids can do it too and shakers make a great addition to homemade greeting cards or scrapbook pages.
- Decorative paper or cardstock
- Scissors or craft knife
- Metal ruler
- Craft plastic, acetate or page protector
- Thick craft foam, cardboard or cardstock
- Paper glue
- Shaker stuff: confetti, small paper punched shapes
- Optional: mat cutter (oval or circle)
Step by Step
- There is more than one way to make a shaker box or card. And you can buy shaker box kits or pre-done pieces. This is a way to make one from scratch.
- There are 4 pieces to a shaker box: The front, the window craft plastic (or acetate or page protector), the thick frame and the backing.
- Decide on the design of your shaker box. For beginners, a simple square is best. But keep in mind you can use a square with a circle window or even cut out a shape for your shaker box. Let’s start with a square with a square window. The measurements will be 4” x 4” with a 3” x 3” window centered in the middle.
- Cut the front, the plastic, the frame and the backing. All will be 4” x 4”.
- Cut a window for the front and the frame. The window for the front should be slightly smaller that the window in the frame.
- Adhere the backing to the frame. Backing can be simple plain cardstock. Or if you want a decorative paper to show through the window, make sure you glue the right side showing through the window.
- Adhere the plastic to the front. Make sure you get a good seal all the way around the window.
- Add your shaker confetti into the frame. Adhere the front to the frame. You might want to put a heavy book on top for a few hours to get the best seal.
- Shake, shake, shake! Shaker cards are fun as card fronts, accents on a scrapbooking page, embellishment of an altered book, or as part of a collage. You can increase or decrease the size and proportion to fit any need!