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

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Hello Daydreamers!

Today you are going to learn how to make the most beautiful boxes with your Cricut Maker or Explore.

Gosh, I am so excited to bring you this post!

I thought it was going to take me forever because I wanted to make sure that all boxes were perfect in relation to measurements, style, and materials. And to be honest, time is something I just don’t have a lot of right now.

But….. Guess what?

My Super Dad, who is 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 out to bring you the MOST amazing and beautiful designs for boxes.

You WON’T find these templates anywhere, so shout out to my dad who made this article possible. There are more things coming, so make sure to bookmark this website so you don’t miss all of the amazing things that are ahead.

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. 

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 huge fan of creating things from zero and teaching you how to do them all on your own. However, there are moments that we must draw the line to focus on what really 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 very precise, 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 6 different templates that I have included in this tutorial.

Yas!

For this article, I am only going to 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.

Free SVG Boxes Templates

The following six pictures are the templates we are going to work with throughout this tutorial. They are in an SVG format so just a quick right-click on each image will save it to your computer, or click the links right below the thumbnails.

These templates are organized in a way where score lines and cut lines are grouped so you can just change the linetype very easily.

To follow along with the Cricut Design Space and cutting process download the first template, Top & Bottom Box.

NOTE: These files are ONLY FOR PERSONAL use. 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.

Upload Box Template to Cricut Design Space

Log into your Cricut Design Space account and click on the Upload option located on the left panel of the canvas area. Once you are there, click on the Upload Image button, then 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 Uploaded Images. Select it, and then click on Insert Images.

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 part are grouped. Since we need to work on them individually, select them and click on the ungroup option 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 great guide I put together.

Change Line Type for Score Lines

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 easier.

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 cut across the design as well. So, to find the score lines, just click on the black square of the middle and then click on linetype – located on the top menu – and change the lines to Score.

After changing the linetype you will see that both Top and Bottom are now scored properly.

Screenshot of scoring lines on the Top and Bottom box
Click on Black Square and Change Linetype 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.

To do this, just select all of the elements that make the bottom of the box 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 top part of the box.

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 element from Top and Bottom parts

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

Cutting Process

This is the window that you will see after sending your box to be cut.

As you can see there are two different mats; one for each color. Initially, I thought I was going to use two different colors, but I decided to just 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 using the Same Color move to a different the Pink 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 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

On my How to Use the Scoring Wheel Article I explain that any time you create score lines you need to fold your materials towards them. 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 personally 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 Cricut Explore Air Machine move the dial on your Cricut to select the type of material you want your box to be made of.

And if you have a Cricut Maker, 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 key word or alphabetically.

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

If you are cutting with the Explore Machine, the tools section will prompt you to install the Scoring Stylus and the Fine Point Blade.

If you have a Maker Machine, by default you will have the wheel. But if you want to use the Stylus, click on the Edit Tools link 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, when your Cricut is done Scoring, Design Space will prompt you to install the fine point blade.

Finally….

After selecting Materials, installing tools in your machine, place material on your Mat, load it, and press the GO button on your machine.

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

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 was only going to 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.

Before I walk you through the assemble process, I just want you to make sure you have the right type of glue.

If you are working with normal card stock or paper, any will work pretty much. But, if you are working with coated and glitter papers you need a high quality Craft glue.

Trust Me! You do not want to fight your materials to adhere properly. So, make sure to use a good glue.

Now, let’s get our hands on these boxes.

Top & Bottom Box Assemble Process

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

Something that I love about this design is that 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 exact 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 will need to 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 very strange happened when using the scoring wheel on this material.

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

For this particular box, I used a very fine glitter card stock, and when I used the the scoring wheel tip 02 most of the glitter stayed on my Cricut Mat. You can see this on the 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 are someone who likes 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.

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 Air 2
  • 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 element on the canvas, attach, and click on Make it
  4. If using one side coated materials like glitter or metallic paper turn mirror ON. Click Continue
  5. Select Materials from Design Space if you have a maker or on Smart Set Dial if you have a Explore Air Machine
  6. Place Material on Mat* and load it along with Scoring Tool and Fine Point Blade**
  7. Press the Cricut Logo and when the cut is ready unload Mat
  8. Remove Cut from the Mat an 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 install this tool first and wait for Cricut Design Space to tell you when to install Fine Point Blade.

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