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Free Christmas Nativity Shadowbox


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The nativity scene is the most recognized visual when celebrating Christmas. It can be a simple scene of the babe in a manger or Joseph, Mary and babe. Or it can be a full scene with wise men, star, angels, animals, shepherds, parents and babe. This FREE Christmas Nativity Shadowbox is a design full and rich with the details of that blessed night. Scroll below to get the written tutorial and video assembly of this Paper Craft using your Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine.

-Materials List

  • I am using my Cricut Explore. You could use your Cricut Maker or another similar cutting machine.
  • Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat
  • One sheet of 12in x 12in Cardstock in Yellow, Navy, Orange, Dark Gray, Light Gray, Light Blue
  • Two sheets of 12in x 12in Cardstocks in Medium Light Gray
  • Foam Dots
  • One shadowbox size 9in x 9in
  • Cricut Brayer

***This design is full of small details. In order to prevent tearing of your cardstock you must cut on a slow setting.***


Step 1: Download the Free Christmas Nativity Shadowbox SVG Cut File

You can download the SVG file in my free Resource Library HERE. You can also get the password for my library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.

Save the downloaded zipped folder to your computer. Take note where on your computer the folder downloads and then unzip the folder to extract the contents. The folder and files must be unzipped (extracted) before you can upload the SVG file into your cutting software.

Step 2: Upload the Free Christmas Nativity Shadowbox SVG Cut File

Upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space. The SVG file will upload grouped together. There is no need to ungroup or adjust the design. It is sized at 8.55in x 8.55in. However, measure your shadowbox and if necessary, adjust the design so that it will fit your shadow box. After the design is uploaded into Design Space, click Make it in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Mat Preview

After you click Make it, a new window will open with your mat preview. When on this screen, you will see the layers for the project. Look at the top toolbar and take note of the number of mats needed. It should show 8 mats. Then using the scroll bar, to the left of your screen, take note of the order of the mat cuts. Prepare your cardstock, on your cutting mats, in the order that matches the cutting order on your screen. After you have confirmed the cutting order, click continue in the lower right corner.

Step 4: Cardstock Cut Settings

Once you have clicked continue, your next window will have your cardstock cut settings. For this craft, I will cut each layer on the Cardstock For Intricate Cut setting. ***It is necessary to slow down the cutting of this craft. If you do not slow down your blade, your cardstock has a greater likelihood to shred and tear during the cut.*** Again, using the scroll bar to the left of your screen, take note of the cutting layer order prepared by the software. Confirm that your cardstock order matches that on your screen. When you are satisfied that everything is correct, begin your cut.

Step 8: Assemble the FREE Christmas Nativity Shadowbox

That’s it! You have finished the cutting of the Nativity Shadowbox. Watch this short video of the assembly.

Lastly, I hope you enjoy this FREE Christmas Nativity Shadowbox SVG! I can’t wait to see your creation! Post a picture on this post over on my Facebook page, AllThingsWereCreated20, to show it off. See you there! Also, if you have crafty friends who would enjoy this post, I would be so honored if you would share the crafty fun and link them to my website.

Enjoy being creative!!


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Ready to Download?

Download this Free Christmas Nativity Shadowbox SVG design in my FREE resource library. The password to access my FREE resource library is always at the bottom of my newsletter. Use the Design Number to find the file inside the library.

Design #101–Christmas Nativity Shadowbox–FREE cut file, available in my resource library

Click HERE to go to my resource library, your gateway to free downloads. If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, please enter your name and email address below.

Also, please note that for security and size reasons the files are downloaded as zip files. To gain access to the files, you will need to extract/unzip the downloaded folder.

Last but Not Least

Friendly Reminder: These designs are not to be distributed outside of this blog post.  You are welcome to use these designs for personal or commercial use up to 200 uses in your own home. Please visit my Terms of Use and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks for your support and understanding.

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