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1) What is a shadowbox?

Our shadowboxes are cardstock layered into deep frames to create a 3-D image.

2) What materials do you use?

Cardstock paper (scrapbooking paper), adhesive foam dots, rubber cement, hobby knives/exacto knives, Silhouette Cameo and lots and lot of glitter.

3) Do you cut these by hand?

The short answer is no. We used to but like plushie makers use sewing machines, we have purchased a die-cutting machine to help us produce faster, more quality work.

4) I want to try building one of my own. Got any tips?

You are welcome to try building a shadowbox of your own. All we ask is that if you saw it here, to credit us for the idea. If you're looking for further instruction, you are more than welcome to sign up for one of our shadowbox classes (more details under the header "Shadowbox Classes")

5) Can you make a shadowbox of my OC?

Yes, we can. Please contact us through dA, Etsy, email or Twitter and give us either some reference photos or a detailed description of your OC plus any ideas on how you would like it (in our Sleepy version, filly version or some other way). We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

6) What if I want a design you've already done/something different that isn't my OC?

Contact us either through dA, Etsy, email or Twitter and send us a reference photo with a detailed description of what you want. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

7) How long does it take you to respond?

It really depends on but it shouldn't take us longer than 5 days to respond to you. If we haven't by then, feel free to get back in touch with us (sometimes things slip through the cracks but we try our best to be thorough about these sort of things).

8) How will I know if I'm on your list?

We have a widget on the opposite column of this page that we keep accurately updated all the time. If your name/commission appears on it, then you are on our list.

9) How much is my shadowbox going to cost?

That's generally up to you. Our shadowboxes start at $45 (for a 12x12 frame) to $50 (for an 11x14 frame) and go up depending on what you want in the box. Keep in mind that the more detailed your request (i.e. characters with a lot of clothing or really detailed backgrounds) the more expensive it will be. For more details, check out our "Shadowbox Commission Info" above. We do our best to get you an accurate price as soon as possible but a lot of the projects need to be sketched up before we can determine a pricing amount. If this is something you're concerned about, please let us know up front and we'll try to work with you.

10) How long does it take for you to build my box?

That depends on our list. If we are going to a convention, the wait time is drastically longer but we'll let you know up front. Generally speaking, it shouldn't take longer than a month for custom work and two weeks for designs already created (unless we are swamped). However, a lot of this process depends on how quickly you approve the sketches for custom work and purchase the boxes.

11) But I want to get a shadowbox for "x event" which is only in a few weeks!

If you have an event coming up that you need a shadowbox by, we'll do our very best to get it to you in time. Let us know the date you need it by and we'll work our hardest to have it done before then.

12) What are the typical size frames you use?

Generally speaking, we put most things in a 12x12 frame. For taller things, like human characters, we will always suggest an 11x14. For fillies, we usually do 8x10s. There are larger or smaller frames available depending on what you want. If you want something else, please let us know when you contact us for more options.

13) How does custom commissions work?

When you contact us, we'll make sure we understand what you are asking. Afterwards, we will draw up a sketch of what you have asked for and get back to you. When you approved the sketch, we'll then start on a mock-up (which is a full color digital work) of your box. We'll contact you with that (which is exactly what you're shadowbox will look like minus the layers) at which point payment is due. After payment is received we will build your shadowbox. You have full control to alter things throughout the process.

14) Do your shadowboxes come with a frame?

Yes, they come ready to hang on the wall!

15) Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we ship everywhere in the US, Canada and internationally.

16) What happens if my shadowbox arrives broken?

If something happens to your box in the mail, please let us know and we'll work with you get it fixed.

Shadowboxes Classes

1) What is a shadowbox class?

A shadowbox class is the perfect way for you to get tips on how we make our shadowboxes and ask us your questions. When you sign up, we provide a kit with all the pieces of your pre-selected pony as well as a few sheets of tabs (this usually costs around $20-$25 plus shipping). Then on the date and time provided we all meet up online and build together. We'll answer all your questions while instructing you on how to build your pony.

2) When are shadowbox classes/how do I get updates?

We will update our dA journal with all the information on when the next shadowbox class will be occurring and what the subject matter will be. We'll also update on Twitter and Facebook about the class at that time.

In the next few weeks, we'll try to put out a schedule detailing dates and subject matter for the next few months.

3) I'm not very crafty. Can I still build one?

Yes! As long as you can follow instructions, you shouldn't have a problem building with us. Just make sure to pay attention to our difficulty rating system and select something with a lower difficultly rating if you are unsure about your skill level.

4) How much do they cost?

In our kit, we provide the cut out of your selected character and two sheets of tabs. These kits will range from $20-$25 (plus shipping) depending on the type of paper we use. You will be responsible for purchasing a shadowbox frame, hobby knife, rubber cement, background sheet of cardstock (if applicable) and additional tabs (if applicable).

5) How long do they take?

It depends on the material. Usually they take 2 hours but for more difficult classes, it could be up to 4. We'll let you know in our dA journal.

6) How does the class work?

When you sign up, we'll send you a kit in the mail. On the allotted night, we'll all meet up on JustinTV at the allotted time and begin building!

7) What if I'm missing something in my kit?

We ask in an email that you let us know when you receive your kit and to make sure all the pieces are included. However, if you can't tell, you can let us know at any time and we'll get your missing piece in the mail to you.

8) What if I can't make the class?

If you can't make the class, we'll arrange another way to instruct you should you feel you need the instruction. The stream is available about three days after the class. However, we strongly urge that you attend the class to get the fullest experience out of your purchase.

9) Are spaces limited?

Yes, at this time we are only allowing 20 slots for the class so sign up quickly when the announcement are made.



12x12 Flufflepuff and Chrysalis Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
12x12 Flufflepuff and Chrysalis Shadowbox
We have been working with :iconmixermike622: to get the perfect Flufflepuff design done and are finally ready to premiere it at Bronycon 2015. 

The highlights in Chrysalis' hair, her eye shadow and the heart in the background are all crafted out of glitter paper. Plus, you have to love all the pink elements in the background! We think this box turned out super cute and can't wait to show it off at Bronycon.
Bronycon Mascot Silhouettes for class by The-Paper-Pony
Bronycon Mascot Silhouettes for class
Here are the three pony silhouettes we will be building for Bronycon 2015. We have Blank Canvas, Hoof Beatz and Mane Event. They will come with a 5x7 frame and should take 30 mins to an hour to complete! If you have signed up and haven't chosen your character, do that very soon!
11x14 Lyra and Agent Sweetie Drops Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
11x14 Lyra and Agent Sweetie Drops Shadowbox
Etsy listing:…

We'd been wanting to make a new Lyra and Bon Bon for a long time and finally found the right material with the 100th episode. We modeled this design off the Mr and Mrs Smith movie poster since we thought it was fitting.

Bon Bon's dress and Lyra's tie are both made with black glitter. Everything is crafted from paper.
11x14 Doctor Whooves with Scarf Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
11x14 Doctor Whooves with Scarf Shadowbox
This is another box born from the 100th episode. We thought it would be really cool to bring the Doctor back to his roots and make a box of him in the scarf seen in the episode (and also the 4th Doctor's scarf). We added the Tardis in the background because what Doctor box is complete without the Tardis?

The scarf was by far the hardest part of this piece since each piece is made from a different color paper.
12x12 100th Episode Derpy Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
12x12 100th Episode Derpy Shadowbox
After we saw the 100th episode, we decided that we wanted to make a shadowbox of Derpy from the it and what better part than her in the wooden spaceship? We're really happy with her expression here. We used silver mirrorboard for her hat so that it shines.

Bronycon 2015 Charity Auction and Info

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:13 AM
Once again, it is almost time for Broyncon and with it, we have some exciting news! Here's the journal where you can find all the information you need about our journey to Baltimore and what you can expect from us!

Bronycon Charity Auction

After last year's success if collaborating with multiple community artists to make a set of boxes for charity, we decided to do it again! So for this year, we chose several artists and tasked them with designing concepts for the four princesses! After each choosing their princess, they got to work on the concepts and what they came up with was way beyond our expectations!

Princess Cadence by Jadedjynx

Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

Princess Cadence was chosen by :iconjadedjynx:. Just like her Fluttershy last year, she didn't fail to create something complex and beautiful with mane that is going to test the limits of paper once again. We love how she chose a more formal look for her and we can't wait to make all of those crystals sparkle with glitterstock paper! This box is really going to shine!

Princess Twilight by Leekfish

Twilight shadowbox BC 2015 by The-Paper-Pony

Princess Twilight was chosen by :iconleekfish: who said she drew inspiration from Celestia's Ballad in Season 3. We love  the simple elegance of this piece and how it really showcases Twilight's transformation into a princess, The pink ribbons and sparkles around her are going to look beautiful in glitterstock and her open wings are really going to make this look like a grand shadowbox when it is finished!

Princess Celestia by Viwrastupr

Paper Princess by viwrastupr

Princess Celestia was chosen by :iconviwrastupr: who when told to challenge us, laughed and said we were going to regret our words. And while we're going to have a fun time with those wings, we're so glad he decided to challenge us so we could get this lovely piece. Celestia's posing really looks grand, making the focus those gorgeously detailed wings instead of her mane and tail. The sun in the background is going to look beautiful in glitterstock and the gentle billowing clouds truly add an air of wonder to the piece!

Princess Luna by TsaoShin

Moon Rise by TsaoShin

Princess Luna was chosen by :icontsaoshin: who delivered something truly spectacular to look at. The mixture of pink and light blue in Luna's hair echo not just the night sky but the milky way and will look gorgeous out of glitterstock. Luna's soft expression and pose makes her look like she is dancing through the night sky, painting it with her mane!

These four designs will be turned into 11" x 14" shadowboxes for the Bronycon auction and we can't wait to see how they are going to translate into paper! 

Bronycon Location

Bronycon 2015 by The-Paper-Pony

This year we are booth number 420 (insert joke here)! We'll be sharing this space with :icongrennadder: and :iconthepurplepumpkin: so make sure to drop by and check us out! We're going to have lots of new designs and 2 Bronycon exclusive shadowboxes!

Bronycon Exclusive Shadowboxes

Bronycon 15 Exclusive Vinyl and Octavia Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

We decided to use Vinyl and Octavia as our exclusive Bronycon shadowboxes. The only way you can get them is either by attending the convention or being our Patreon (limited number will be available and must be a $20 tier Patron for at least one month prior).

They will be sold separately and cost $75 each.

Bronycon Class

We are excited to say that our shadowbox workshop has been approved for this year! However, we don't know if we will be doing one or two workshops and we don't know when they are. As we know more info, we'll be sure to share it. As soon as we find out more, we will update this journal post and start accepting early admission into the class!

Are you going to Bronycon? If so we can't wait to see you there! Make sure to drop by and say hello.

Commission Status


Who should be our Bronycon 2015 exclusive? 

97 deviants said Vinyl Scratch and Octavia set
54 deviants said Princess Luna and Princess Celestia set
22 deviants said Princess Luna
6 deviants said Other (comment below)
4 deviants said Vinyl Scratch


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Page-Turner-the-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Are you coming to Nightmare Nights this year? I would think you would have said something by now if you were.
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We certainly are! Been super busy with prep and juggling a move into the mix. We'll have a workshop announcement going up for Nightmare Nights soon as well :)
Page-Turner-the-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! can't wait to see what you've put together.
LightningSnowflake Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
I want a Cheese Sandwich shadowbox. *-*
If you made it, sorry xd
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heya, we actually have made a Cheese Sandwich!

12x12 Cheese Sandwich Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
LightningSnowflake Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Filmographer
Oh, okay, thanks!
ThatDudeintheHoodie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Will there be a Phoenix Sunset Shimmer shadow box at GBG?
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, we have our Sunset Shimmer and pony shadowbox going! We hope to do more Sunset Shimmer in the future!
Psygriffio Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great speaking with you at Everfree this year.  Looking forward to working together!
GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just bought one of your Luna shadow boxes and I can't wait to hang it up! I'll be sure to recommend you guys to my watchers!
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