Alice in Wonderland Shadow Box


This project was assigned for an art design course. I used to love to watch Alice in Wonderland when I was a kid, so I decided to build my piece using a scene from the movie.

Project at a Glance:

  • Constructed a shadow box
  • Sketched outline
  • Cut layers 
  • Built cardboard separators 
  • Glued layers together

The Details:

We were asked to create a scene using different cut pieces of paper for this project, but I wanted to make something more detailed and challenging. I decided to create a shadow box depiction of when Alice falls through the rabbit’s hole. That scene is one of the most vivid images in my mind, and I was excited to play with 3D layering. I built my shadow box using thick, white cardboard and then sketched my scene. I cut the sketch up into individual pieces and traced the pieces on their respective colored papers. It took two days to glue all of the pieces together and dry them. I then needed to build posts of different heights to create the 3D effect. Then, I glued all of the pieces to different layers, and positioned Alice so that she appears to be in the middle of falling down the hole. I included tea cups and cards of different sizes to imply a depth and further identify the scene as part of Alice in Wonderland. I am very pleased with the end result, and kept the final product as an art piece for my room!