Papercut sunlight boxes are magical little scenes cut from paper, layered on top of each other to create shadow and silhouette effects. I design these small (5″ x 3.5″) scenes by hand, transfer them to a CAD program, and laser cut each one from thin cardstock. I then cut wooden frames for each layer. The cardstock scenes are attached to the frames, then the frames are carefully placed one on top of another so that there are three or four layers of scenery. The frames are then veneered around the edges to create a box which will sit flat on any surface. Each box is slightly different since they’re all handmade.
These boxes do not have electric lights installed. Instead, they can be put in your windowsill, and as the sun moves through the sky, it creates shadows within the scenes. During the day, the position of the sun will affect its appearance. The boxes can also be placed in front of a battery powered tea light after dark.