This gift box is out of this world! It is so easy to create a gift box using the basic shapes in Cricut Design Space! Personalising your friends and families gifts has never been easier with your Cricut Machine! You would need an Explore Air 2 or Maker to complete this project.
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How to make...
Step 1: Select a square from the shapes area in canvas. Select the square and click the lock icon to unlock it.
Make into a rectangle (I used the grid in canvas to help) Make your rectangle 2 inches wide by 8 inches long. Then make the second rectangle horizontal and sized 2 inches high by 6 inches wide. Position so that it is 2 inches down the vertical rectangle and has 2 inches on either side in a cross shape. (This creates the cube shape)
Step 2: Select a square shape and unlock it. Create a rectangle at the top of the vertical rectangle that fits inside this section. Select the vertical rectangle and the little rectangle you have just made and use the slice tool. This has cut the little rectangle into your vertical rectangle. (This is for the tab that will close the lid down).
Step 3: We now need to make little tabs that can be used to secure each side together when assembling. Select a square shape and unlock it. Reshape to a rectangle. Position on the right side of the vertical rectangle. Make this smaller than the 2 inches high. Duplicate this tab and place in the same position on all the sections that will make up the sides of the cube (shown in the image). You only need the tab on one side of each section as these will join each side together.
Step 4: Add a rectangle to the bottom of your vertical rectangle. This needs to be slightly longer than a square and needs to have a smaller width than the sliced rectangle you made at the top of the vertical rectangle. This is going to be the tab that will thread through this section to close the lid of the cube. Select all layers and weld them together. These are the blueprints to the cube box.
Step 5: At every point that needs to be bent to make the 3D shape, a scoreline needs to be placed. You can find score lines in the shapes area. Size the scoreline to match the width of each part as shown in the image (dotted lines indicate score lines) where you will be bending the shape. Select all and use the attach tool to ensure the machine scores where you have indicated.
Step 6: Decorate your box! To make a planet, select 2 circles. Unlock one and reshape to a thin oval. Place this over your circle to make the rings of a planet. Select both layers and use the weld tool. Then use stars and circles as well as the planet to decorate the box. You could also create a crescent moon by overlapping two circles side by side and using the slice tool. Keep the crescent shape.
Then cut out! Make sure to use a scoring tool for all the areas indicated!
I used doublesided tape to assemble the box by adding the tape to the little tabs we made. I then used 3D foam pads for all the space elements!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, your next gifts are going to be super personalised and special for the recipient!
Thanks for reading,