Christmas · Cricut · DIY

Up Your Christmas Ornament Game

Making your own Christmas ornaments is really a Wow Factor gift. With the ability to personalize ornaments or commemorate special events, you can really impress your family and friends with your newly acquired Cricut skills.

But why not take that to a whole new level by presenting your gift Ornament in its own personalized box, too?

Well, thankfully, I’m not the only person who has thought of this idea!  Many SVG designers now offer ornament display boxes for you to assemble and personalize for the over the top presentation of your very special gift.

Now, if you’ve only used your Cricut to cut vinyl, cutting paper for the box may be a bit scary to you, but once you understand the process you will be whipping these up by the boatload and enjoying it, too.

For today’s demonstration, I am using an SVG created by Simply Crafty SVGs. I did pay for this SVG, so I can’t share it with you, but I think you will find their prices are reasonable. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive 20% off your first purchase. (Please note: I do not receive any payment for this referral and you are free to get your SVG files anywhere you’d like…I just happen to like this one!)

At SCS, search for “ornament box”. This template is for the 4″ round ball size but they also have ones for the disc style, too.

Once you find the svg you would like to purchase, pay for it and download it to your computer. Most SVGs come zipped, so make sure to unzip your downloaded file before trying to upload it into Design Space.

This SVG comes with a PDF for assembly, which you can either print out or view on your screen to help with the assembly.

Now head on over to Design Space and start a New Project. Choose “Upload Images” on the left column. Once there, choose Upload Image and search in your downloads for the SVG folder. As with most SVGs, this pattern has a few parts that need to be uploaded separately. Go ahead and upload all the parts into DS. Your imported image screen should look something like the next photo. Click on all of the parts you’ve just imported and at the bottom of the screen choose Insert.

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Once you have inserted all of the parts of the SVG, you will want to find the parts that have dashed cut lines and make sure to attach them to the the image…otherwise they will not cut together.

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Now pick out your paper.

In my project, I’ve chosen white for the base parts of the box and then a Christmas patterned paper. For this project, I needed three pieces of 12 x 12 for the base and two pieces of patterned paper. The entire SVG fits on five mats total. Go ahead and cut out all your pieces and remove them from your mats.  When all your mats are cut, take your completed cuts and head on over to your workspace with some glue or tape for your box assembly.

Before assembly, be sure to score all the dashed lines on your pieces so the box forms properly.

Here’s a photo of what your workspace should look like:

Identify the two main box pieces and glue or tape one tab to make one long piece:

Once you’ve glued the first tab, fold the box and glue or tape the second tab, which forms the box:

Here’s the front of the glued box base:

Now it’s time to attach the top piece to the box like so:

At this point your box is functional and can be used this way, but adding the decorative side pieces not only gives your box more personality, but it strengthens the box, too!

So go ahead and adhere the decorative paper cuts to the sides like this:

Here is a photo of the back and top of the box with decorative sides adhered:

And here is the front:

Note: the bottom doesn’t have a decorative panel. You can simply fold this part. But to make the bottom sturdier, I glued my middle flap inside the box:

You’re almost done! Now it’s time for the bottom insert piece:

Once you’ve placed the bottom piece in the box, place your beautiful, handmade ornament inside the box and place the smaller-holed insert on top to hold your creation in place:

And that’s it! Doesn’t it look great?

You can do it!

Go on and give it a try and let me know how you made out!

 

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