Bring the X-Files to your home or office with these decorative shadowboxes.

Sadly, we are almost out of new episodes…but here is a set of X-Files inspired frames that you can make to help you remember to always Believe and more importantly… to Trust No One.

These are really easy to make!

For the “I want to believe” shadowbox you will need the following:

x frame supplies

Cut the cardstock to fit the back of the shadowbox (this will be your background color and will be visible around the outside edge of your Mountain sticker, so choose a color that matches your design.) and it glue down.

Then take the 3D sticker and attach it to the center of the backing.

  • Use your Silhouette to cut out your vinyl stencil as well as your spaceship.
  • Start by drawing a rectangle the same size as your glass panel
  • Resize the I Want to Believe saying to fit inside of the rectangle, select both shapes, and click “Center” in the Align Window.
  • Since we will be placing the text on the inside of the glass, remember to reverse it.

Once the space ship is cut out, glue it to the foam backing (or foam dots) this will pop it off the background and give it some added dimension. Then glue it onto the mountain scene.

Next, take the glass and place the phrase where you want it to sit.

Make sure to use the right vinyl. You want to cut permanent adhesive vinyl like Oracal 651.  It has a stronger adhesive on the back and is ideal for smaller designs like this.

Cut your design, weed it, and get ready to apply it to the glass.

Before you do, place a piece of paper on the table below the glass. This will help you ensure that you are applying the text evenly.



Use clear transfer tape to move your design from the vinyl backing to the glass.  Use as little tape as possible and cut the tape and the backing down as close to the vinyl as you can. Then peel off the tape to transfer it to the glass.

Once the design is on the glass, carefully remove the transfer tape and burnish the vinyl down again with a Silhouette scraper.

And a perfect finishing touch is to display the shadowbox with the Mulder and Scully Funko Pop Figures.

Funko pop

Easily Entertained tip: Don’t have a cutting machine?
Just print the saying onto a transparency and place in the frame!

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For the “Truth is Out There” shadowbox you will need the following:

Start by cutting cardstock to fit the back of the frame and glue down. This time the cardstock will be the full background image, so choose something with a slight pattern that matches your design.

  • Use your Silhouette to cut out the phrase and spaceship.
  • Draw a rectangle the same size as your glass panel
  • Resize the Truth is Out There text to fit within the rectangle, select both shapes, and click “Center” in the Align Window.
  • Make sure to reverse the text since we will be placing it on the inside of the glass.


  • Cut your design, weed, and then apply the vinyl to the glass.

Once you have the vinyl phrase on, sprinkle the aliens into the bottom of the frame. Put the back of the frame back on to hold the aliens into place.
When complete, remember to place the frame under a light so that your aliens can charge and glow in the dark.


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