Woodland Light Box

Combining the translucent qualities of STAEDTLER’s Fimo Effect clay really lets you play with a monotone pallet and the light and shadows of the woodland scene complete with the creatures found there.
By  Kellie Mowat For STAEDTLER North America 



  • STAEDTLER Fimo Effect Translucent Clay #014, four blocks  
  • Wooden shadow box, 8”x8”
  • Battery operated mini string lights, two
  • Square balsa dowel or wooden chopsticks


  • Clay roller
  • Soft flat paintbrush
  • Clear varnish or stain
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Hot glue and glue gun

basic supplies

  • Baby powder or cornstarch
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Parchment paper
  • Ruler

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Project Instructions

*Tip: It is important to use FIMO translucent clay for this project. It will allow just the right amount of light through and is rigid enough when baked to hold its shape. I also made all the pieces at least 1/8th inch bigger on all edges. It’s always easier to cut the pieces back to fit the frame.

1. Visit to print full-size patterns; click on Magazine, then Patterns. Fussy cut patterns and set aside.

2. Paint wooden shadow box with few coats of clear varnish or stain to seal the piece, let dry.

3. Condition block of translucent Fimo Effect by kneading it with clean hands until clay is soft and pliable. Roll clay out to 1/8” thick sheets large enough to trace patterns onto. Place patterns onto clay sheets and trace with craft knife to remove excess clay. Bake clay pattern pieces on a baby-powdered piece of parchment paper at 230 degrees for 20 minutes. The baby powder will help keep the flat clay from sticking and warping while baking. Allow pieces to cool.

4. Drill two holes onto the lower back corners of the shadow box that are big enough for the string lights. Thread one light string through each hole. Adhere battery pack to the back of shadowbox as shown.

5. Cut ¼” lengths of square dowels or chopsticks. Place furthest back layer into shadowbox, position wooden spacers behind the layer and adhere in place as shown. Increase length of each layer’s wooden spacers by ¼”. Place next layer into shadowbox and adhere ½” wooden spacers so that the layer sits ½” from the frame back. Some spacers will rest on previous layers and will only be ¼”. Tuck light strings behind each layer and adhere so that they can’t be seen past layer sections. Continue to adhere layers ¼” apart from one another. Adhere top layer just inside the front edge of frame.