The most important aspect of this hinged box is that it needs to be square. If it's not square, it won't close! Each box measures 5 ¾” x 6 ½” and is cut from cardstock. You'll be able to make 2 boxes from one 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock.
Along the 5 ¾” side, score at ¾”, 2 7/8", and 5".
Along the 6 ½” side, score at ¾”, 2 7/8", 3 5/8", and 5 ¾”.
Cut along the solid blue lines shown in the picture. Not shown are the tabs wedged to make it easier to fold (but take a look at the pictures below for how I wedged mine).
After I cut on the lines, I stamped the outside front flap/cover. I thought it would look cool not to stamp the sides, but it took a little more time to avoid the sides (I masked the sides with paper). Once the stamping was done, I put Scoretape on the appropriate places (see picture).
To make it super simple, I didn't layer on the outside of the box. I chose to cut some images out from Artbooking Cricut Collection. And since I get bored quickly (once I figure things out), I made two different designs.
The first is Hugs found on page 49 under the <icon> and <icon><shift> (2nd column, 2nd row). Both the heart (in Thistle Cardstock) and "hugs" (in Pansy Cardstock) are 1.82" x 1.82".
I stamped in Cashmere ink on Cashmere cardstock. The stamp is from the Flower Market Collection.
The second of my swaps are "just BE" cut from Emerald cardstock (found on page 39 - <title><shift> (2nd column, 1st row) and be yourself - at least the banner part - found on page 41 <title> (4th column, 1st row). Using Design Space, I hid the "be yourself" with the hide contour feature. Then I made the banner 1.8" wide and 0.35" high. Originally I was going to keep "yourself", but it didn't look right; and I realized I would have to back the banner with another piece of paper, so I took the word out. After the banners were cut from Willow cardstock, I stamped "YOU!" with the Pen Pals Alphabet stamp set in Black Ink.
This time I stamped in Bamboo ink on Bamboo cardstock. I stamped on the wrong piece (the inside) so I had to go back and restamp! Again, I used paper to mask the ends.
The green dot in the cutting diagram (above) is an optional, although highly recommended, hole for the pull string. To make the pull string, I used the White Twine, Willow ink and Thistle ink (corresponding to the box in mind) and a sponge dauber to color the white twine. Hold the end of the twine and pull the twine between the dauber and the ink pad. Pull the twine several times to get the intensity of color you want. I fed about a 2" piece of the pull string through the hole, securing it to the inside with regular tape.
The front flap/cover measures about 2". If you'd like to add a mat or decorate the flap/cover, you'll want your papers to be smaller.
Want to get the dimensions of "HUGS" and "just BE YOU!" just right? Let me make this simple... Here is the Design Space canvas file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/62185737
Ready for the finished products?!
The hinge is on the bottom left. The easiest way to open the box is to hold the upper left corner with your left hand while pulling the twine with your right. Then the treats are revealed, removed, and consumed.
Cute, right?! Now it's your turn!
|Z3285 or Z3290||Flower Market Cricut Collection - background stamp sets|
|Z3169||Artbooking Cricut Collection|
|B1539||Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set|
|Z726 or Z1938||Sponge Daubers|
|Z1204||Bone Folder - to score and burnish|
|1512 or Z553||Bonding Memories Glue - to glue the Cut pieces together and to the box|
|Z1151||3-D Foam Tape (to mount the banner)|
|Z534 or 1836||Micro-tip Scissors|
|Score Tape / Red Line tape|