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How to Make & Assemble Beautiful Boxes with your Cricut + Free Templates

Hello Daydreamers!

Today, you will learn how to make the most beautiful boxes with your Cricut Maker or Explore machine.

I am so excited to bring you this post!

I thought it would take me forever because I wanted to ensure that all boxes were perfect concerning measurements, style, and materials. And to be honest, time is something I don’t have a lot of right now.

But…

Guess what?

My Super Dad, an expert in Math, Geometry, and spoiling his almost 30-year-old baby girl lol, stepped in and said he was going to help me bring you the most astonishing and beautiful designs for boxes.

You WON’T find these templates anywhere, so shout out to my dad, who made this article possible!

Cricut Explore Air 2 with multiple beautiful gift boxes on the side.
Let’s Make these boxes together!

If you are a beginner and are still figuring out Cricut’s software, I recommend that you read my fantastic and Ultimate Cricut Design Space tutorial. 

Tools & Materials

  • Cricut Machine (Maker, Explore)
  • Green Mat
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel (Maker only).
  • High-quality glue*
  • Cardstock**
  • Practice File (You can download it, righ down below, at the end of this tutorial, you’ll find the other five templates)

* Always use high-quality glue when making cards or a professional project. Kids’ glue will make your paper wet and bubbly once it dries. I always recommend Beacon 3-in-1, although Crafter’s tape or a glue pen will work as well.

** For boxes, I recommend using cardstock. Regular paper is fragile, and your box won’t be sturdy enough.

Repeat after me. I will only use high-quality paper, and cheap paper will make cheap-looking projects. Michael’s has a great selection of beautiful papers, and they also go on sale, so make sure to keep an eye out for those good deals.

Making Boxes with Cricut – Should you start from Zero?

If you’ve read some of my other articles, I am sure you know that I LOVE teaching you the logic process and how things work in Cricut Design Space.

I am a massive fan of creating things from zero and teaching you how to do them all independently. However, there are moments when we must draw the line to focus on what matters, and that is a beautiful end product.

Cricut Design Space is a great way to come up with custom designs, but I noticed that anytime I needed something exact, it didn’t work that well for me, so that is why I decided to provide you with templates and not a how to do it step by step within the software.

Now that we got that out of the way let’s make some boxes!

Make boxes with your Cricut – Step by Step tutorial

There are six different templates that I have included in this tutorial (find them at the end of this tutorial).

Yay!

For this article, I will only explain the step-by-step inside Cricut Design Space for the most complex one. Therefore, the other templates will be just a walk in the park.

After going through all of the Cricut Design Space steps and cutting process, I will have a step-by-step tutorial on how to assemble each box template.

Upload Box Template to Cricut Design Space

Log into your Cricut Design Space account and click on “Upload,” located on the left panel of the canvas area. Once you are there, click on the Upload Image button, choose the template from your computer, and save it to Cricut Design Space.

Screenshot for uploading Top and Bottom box to Cricut Design Space

After you complete those steps, the template will be located under “Recently Uploads.” Select it, and then click on “Add to Canvas.”

Understanding the Template and Getting it Ready for Editing

Since this is a “Top” and “Bottom” box, you will have two pieces: the bottom one (the big piece), which is for storage, as well as the top one (the small piece), for the cover.

When you insert the file, both the top and bottom parts are grouped. Since we need to work on them individually, select them and click on “Ungroup,” located at the top of the layers panel.

Screenshot of Top and Bottom box uploaded on the canvas area. Ungroup action

Only ungroup once. The other groups left are there to help you to edit things faster.

Learn more about Group, Attach, and weld on this excellent guide I put together.

Change Operation

All boxes in the world need to be folded in some way. As you may know, Cricut allows you to create beautiful folds in your materials to make your life and creations much more manageable.

In all of the templates I gave you, I grouped the lines that need to be scored. You will know they need to be scored because they are in black and across the whole design.

However, this box, in particular, is a little tricky because it has some lines that also cut across the design. So, to find the score lines, click on the black square of the middle and then click on “Operation” – located on the top menu – and change it to “Score.”

After changing the “Operation,” you will see that both pieces are now appropriately scored.

Screenshot of scoring lines on the Top and Bottom box
Click on Black Square and Change Operation for Score

Attach, Resize and Make it

Once you are done scoring the lines, we need to assign them to the box.

You see, even if everything looks in order in the canvas area, the only way for everything to remain in the same spot is by attaching the score lines to the box template.

Select the elements that make the bottom and click on “Attach,” located at the end of the layers panel. Then, repeat the same thing, but this time with all of the elements that make the box’s cover.

At this point, you can resize your box as well. Just make sure to ALWAYS increase both parts at the same time WITH THE SAME PROPORTIONS. Otherwise, the measurements will not match, and your box will be useless. Note: This also applies to all of the other templates.

Screenshot of attaching score and cutting lines of the Top and Bottom box
Resize attach all elements from Top and Bottom parts

After you are done attaching and resizing, click on the “Make it” button located in the upper right-hand corner of the canvas area.

Cutting Process

The following screenshot is the window that you will see after sending your box to be cut.

Newer machines will ask how to load your materials. On a mat or without a mat. Select “On Mat” to follow along.

As you can see, there are two different mats; one for each color. Initially, I thought I would use two different colors, but I decided to use the same one. Since both parts fit in the same mat, I moved the top part of the box to the pink mat.

Screenshot of moving cover of the box to a different Cricut Mat

If you are using two different colors, you can just cut your box in two different mats like Cricut instructs – I do have an article on how to cut multiple colors on one mat as well – or if using just one color and the box is small enough, give this technique a try.

Screenshot of design before is ready to be cut.
Both top and bottom on the same mat and mirror ON

Now let’s talk about the MIRROR and why it is ON.

In my how-to-use the scoring wheel article, I explain that you need to fold your materials towards them whenever you create score lines. So, if you are using one side coated materials like glitter card stock or patterned paper, you need to place your paper pretty side down on your mat.

Every single time you do this, you need to turn your mirror ON. However, since this is a box and boxes are all the same mathematically, you won’t have problems if you leave it on.

I recommend you to turn it ON because of habit. One day you may need to cut something like iron and forget the importance of this concept.

Select Materials, Load Mat, Go

Now it’s time to select your materials.

If you have a machine with a “Smart Set Dial,” move it to “Custom” to select material from Design Space and follow along.

Go ahead and select your material from the options that Cricut has to offer. If your material does not appear on the most popular options, you can browse all materials by keyword or alphabetically.

Screenshot of selecting materials, loading tools and mat for the Top and Bottom Box

If you are cutting with any of the Explore Machines, the tools section will prompt you to install the “Scoring Stylus” and the “Fine Point Blade.”

If you have any of the Maker Machines, by default, you will have the wheel. But if you want to use the “Stylus,” click on the “Edit Tools” to select the Scoring Stylus. Then, install it along with the “Fine Point Blade.”

Note: Check this article I wrote on the Differences Between the Stylus and the Scoring Wheel.

I decided to use the Scoring Wheel for this project. If you are using the wheel as well, Design Space will prompt you to install the fine point blade when your Cricut is done Scoring.

Finally, after selecting Materials, installing tools in your machine, place material on your mat, load it, and press the flashing GO button on your device.

After you are done cutting, you should be left with two different pieces. Remember, the big one is for storage, and the small one is the box’s cover.

Now, let’s see how to assemble this box!

How to Assemble Boxes after Cutting with your Cricut

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that I would only do a step-by-step of one of the six templates (the top and bottom box I provided you with). But, I also said I was going to show you how to assemble all of them.

Top & Bottom Box Assemble Process

This box is perfect for small gifts, and it’s just adorable!

I love this design because it doesn’t require glue at all when using thick materials like glitter cardstock or poster board. If you use a thin material, you can use a little glue or tape to secure it.

Top and Bottom Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic

Top – Cover

  1. Fold all four outermost tabs out.
  2. Fold the rest of paper towards the score lines.
  3. Fold the two sides in with square corners first, then fold in the four little taps
  4. Fold the two angled sides in to complete cover.
  5. If your are using very thin materials you may want to secure angled taps with glue or tape.

Bottom – Storage

This part is essentially the same process as the top but with a larger surface area.

  1. Fold all four outermost tabs out.
  2. Fold the rest of the paper towards the score lines.
  3. Fold the two sides in with square corners first, then fold in the four little taps.
  4. Fold the two angled sides into a complete cover.
  5. If your are using very thin materials you may want to secure angled tabs with glue or tape.

Cube Box Assemble Process

This is the EASIEST box to assemble! You can add extra touches to this type of box to make it extra cute as well. For example, you can use some ribbon to add a bow on top of the box.

  1. Take a look of the final cut so you can see the logic of the box itself.
  2. Fold paper towards the score lines. This will also give you a better idea of the final box structure.
  3. At this point you should have the little outermost tab folded in. Apply glue to the patterned side and attach it to the other side.
  4. Press tight until glue is dried.
  5. For the bottom, fold the two small sides in, and then tuck the remaining tab to close the box.
  6. For the top, repeat what you did on step number 5.
Cube Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic

Lunch Box Assemble Process

The Lunch Box is the biggest box of all! If you want to create a fair-sized one, you must use a 12 by 24 inches Mat.

Lunch Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic
  1. Take a look of the final cut so you can see the logic of the box itself.
  2. Fold the paper towards the score lines. This will also give you a better idea of the final box structure.
  3. You should have the little outermost tab also folded in at this point. Apply glue to the glittered side and attach to it the other side.
  4. Press tightly until the glue is dried.
  5. For the bottom, fold the large rectangular tab in first, then the two small side tabs.
  6. Finally, fold and tuck the large angled tab into the slot found on the large rectangular tab.
  7. Make sure it looks just like the photo I show you on the step by step.
  8. For the top, hold the two wider sides together to complete the handle. Then latch the side hooks of the handles with the narrow sides. Note: Use the little flaps in the handle to close the box.

Square Petal Box Assembly Process

This box may seem tricky to assemble. It took some practice for me to get it right, so don’t be frustrated.

Remember, practice makes perfect!

Square Petal Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic
  1. Take a look of the final cut so you can see the logic of the box itself.
  2. Fold paper towards the score lines. This will also give you a better idea of the final box structure.
  3. At this point you should have the little outermost tab folded in . Apply glue to the glittered side and attach it to the other side.
  4. Press tight until glue is dried.
  5. For the bottom, fold the two small sides in.
  6. Now you can close the box by tucking in the remaining tab.
  7. For the top, grab any of the four remaining tabs and fold in halfway through.
  8. Then, grab the tab to the right of the folded one and tuck the petal underneath it.
  9. Continue that process counter clockwise until all tabs are folded in and look like the final photo in the step by step graphic.

Candy Wrap Box Assembly Process

This is one of my favorite boxes. However, something extraordinary happened when using the scoring wheel on this material.

I think honesty is essential. I was about to repeat this box on other material, but I like to be honest with you so you can make an informed choice.

I used a very fine glitter card stock for this particular box, and when I used the scoring wheel tip 02, most of the glitter stayed on my Cricut mat. You can see this on step 1 of the graphic down below.

I tried using the 01 tip for another box and this same material, and it happened as well, but not that noticeable. I honestly don’t mind. I actually like the effect, but if you want fine glitter paper, make sure to test before you create a large project.

Now let’s get to the step by step!

Candy Wrap Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic
  1. Take a look of the final cut so you can see the logic of the box itself.
  2. Fold paper towards the score lines. This will also give you a better idea of the final box structure.
  3. At this point you should have the little outermost tab folded in. Apply glue to the glittered side and attach it to the other side.
  4. Press tight until glue is dried.
  5. Open the box to form top and bottom parts.
  6. For the top, grab any of the four remaining tabs and fold in halfway through.
  7. Then, grab the tab to the right of the folded one and tuck the tab underneath it.
  8. Continue that process counter clockwise until all tabs are folded in and look like the final photo in the step by step graphic.
  9. For the bottom, repeat the same process, you did for the top, but this time work clockwise.

Pillow Box Assemble Process

Pillow boxes are so easy to make, and they are perfect for small presents. In fact, I am planning on making earrings for my friends and family and gifting them in these little boxes.

Pillow Box - Step by Step Assemble info-graphic
  1. Take a look of the final cut so you can see the logic of the box itself. Then fold paper towards the score lines.
  2. At this point you should have the little outermost tab folded in. Apply glue to the glittered side and attach it to the other side.
  3. Press tight until glue is dried.
  4. Open the box to give its shape
  5. For both top and bottom push both curved tabs. One on top of the other one.

Free SVG Boxes Templates

These box templates are organized in a way where score lines and cut lines are grouped so that you can change the “Operation” very quickly.

To download the file(s), you NEED to be on a desktop or laptop, and you must click on the button to trigger a download file on your pc.

Depending on your browser settings, your PC sometimes asks where to save the file, although most of the files will be in your download folder.

If the image opens in a new window (this may happen because of your browser settings), right-click on it, select the option “Save Image As,” and choose where you want to save the file.

SVG files look like web page files when you download them.

NOTE: These files are ONLY FOR PERSONAL use, and please do not upload them to other blogs or any social media platform. It took my dad and me over two weeks of work to bring these resources to you.

Oh!

And just so you know, I also have a library full of free SVG files and Printables for all my subscribers, a.k.a Daydreamers. You can see a preview right here or get access by filling out this form.

Quick Summary

How to Make Beautiful Boxes with your Cricut

How to Make Beautiful Boxes with your Cricut

Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: 3

Materials

  • Glitter Cardstock (Or any other sturdy material of your preference)
  • High Quality Glue

Tools

  • Cricut Maker or Explore
  • Scoring Wheel / Scoring Stylus
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Standard/Strong Grip Mat

Instructions

  1. Upload Template to Cricut Design Space.
  2. Change Cut lines for Score lines to make folds
  3. Select all of the elements on the canvas, attach, and click on Make it
  4. If using one side coated materials like glitter or metallic paper turn the mirror ON. Click Continue
  5. Select Materials from Design Space if you have. If using a machine with Smart Set Dial move it to "Custom."
  6. Place Material on Mat* and load it along with Scoring Tool and Fine Point Blade**
  7. Press the flashing "Go" button and when the cut is ready unload Mat
  8. Remove cut from the mat and assemble box

Notes

*If using one side coated materials place material pretty side down.

**If you are using Scoring Stylus you can Score and Cut without any intervention. However, if you are using the Scoring Wheel, you will need to install this tool first and wait for Cricut Design Space to tell you when to install Fine Point Blade.

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NICKI

Tuesday 27th of September 2022

love these... any chance you can do a quick video of how to assemble the square pettal box?

Catalina

Thursday 29th of September 2022

I have the step-by-step pics!

Clare

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Looking forward to trying out your boxes ... ps love your detailed info on all things Cricut.

Catalina

Monday 25th of July 2022

You’re welcome :)

Mary

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Thank you so much. Your explanations were so easy to follow. These are my first boxes, and they turned out perfectly the first time. Thanks to your Dad as well!

Catalina

Monday 11th of July 2022

You're very welcome :)

Amy

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Fantastic little box! (Thanks, Dad!) Now I just need to stop my stylus from ripping some the folds :/

Catalina

Monday 25th of July 2022

Take your time unload material from the mat. Maybe you’re selecting the wrong material?

Carolyn

Friday 13th of May 2022

Such an awesome resource! I couldn't find little jewelry gift boxes in the store anywhere and this saved the day. Thanks so much!

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