Printable Vintage Birthday Candle Box Theater Instant Digital Download, 1-sheet template and instructions to make DIY mini moving diorama



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Print, cut, and fold your own tiny birthday candle box diorama theater with this printable PDF.
You will need a printer, papers (card stock and a thinner paper), scissors, craft knife, tape, glue and drinking straws and birthday candles.

This listing is only for the printable box pattern! You will draw or write your own scroll, but some simple demo scrolls are included as an example.

This listing is for an Instant Digital Download.
PDF file includes:
1-sheet pattern based on a vintage candle box, with instructions
Visit my youtube channel, Goodwerks, for step by step assembly:

Here is a video of me installing the scroll:

A mini theater could make a fun birthday surprise, or cake topper! (the candles are used as cranke handles, not to be burned)
Each 8.5x11" page makes a single mini theater, which measures 2.5" wide x 2.25" high x 5/8" deep.
Use a dull paper for a more vintage look, and a bright white for a brighter blue color.

Use this PDF to print and assemble your own low-tech birthday candle mini-crankie theater.
A "Crankie" is a moving diorama show! It consists of a scroll that is advanced from one reel to the other across a viewing screen by means of turning or "cranking" two spools or reels. This fun art form has been around for hundreds of years and is enjoying a renaissance in the folk music and puppetry communities.

The PDF file is printable as is. (For proper centering and sizing, print PDF at 100%.)
*If you don't have a suitable printer, you can also output the file at your local copy shop.

Please note that colors may vary from what you see on screen, and your printer's quality may change the final result.

Here is an additional video of me constructing a paper cranky box (it’s not the same box, but it might be helpful).

- for personal use.
Please do not resell my box design or derivatives - I worked really hard on it.

If you have any questions, please contact me!
Printable Vintage Birthday Candle Box Theater Instant Digital Download, 1-sheet template and instructions to make DIY mini moving diorama

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Unbearably cute. My niece loves the adorable illustrations behind the doors she’s been able to open so far. She is just at the age where she is learning and practicing her numbers, so this was an ideal gift.

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