Making Tiny Bows – Cricut Tutorial

September 18, 2020

Cricut Design Space Bow Designs

Today, I’m going to teach you how to make tiny bows using two of the bow designs in Cricut Desk Space.  

I don’t ordinarily think of myself as dense (even though we all have our moments), but when I first got my Cricut and saw some of the files for bow designs, I had to scratch my head.

I mean, come on.  These 2 below are the files…and there aren’t directions.  In my opinion they are NOT intuitive!  

If you are an experienced Cricut user, this is not your tutorial.  But if you are looking at the two pictures below going “huh? how is that a bow?”, you are in the right place!

 

Cricut tiny bow design 1
Cricut tiny bow design 2
Assembled tiny bow 1
Assembled tiny bow 2

Video Tutorial

Over the years, I have learned to think more three-dimensionally and can now look at a file and understand without putting it in my hand how it’s going to go together. 

I’ve put together a video tutorial for you, and it’s quick.  We will go through both of these in about 10 minutes.

I’ll show you how to find the bows in Cricut Design Space, make them however tiny you like, and then assemble them!

The bow design on the right in purple is a free Cricut Design Space file, but it seems that the one on the left is free if you have Design Space Access.

Don’t know what Access is?  I wouldn’t Cricut without it!  Cricut Access is a subscription service that give you access to a ridiculous number of available designs to use.  I’ll add my affiliate link for you here in case you’d like to read more: 

What’s Cricut Access??

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Milk Carton Gift Box Tutorial

August 29, 2020

I'm A Sucker for Containers that Look Like Other Things...

I don’t know what it is about containers that look like other things, but they are the cutest!  For Mother’s Day, I made a gift box that looked like a little spa (to house some bath bombs), and while I didn’t specifically have a purpose in mind for this gift box, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to show you guys how to make this milk carton gift box!

This project assembly was about 15 minutes, which is awesome.  My video tutorial (linked at the bottom) is longer than that because I do the computer part with you first (and because, let’s face it, I talk too much when I’m showing you every little step), but in REAL LIFE it’s a quick and easy project that is just so ding-dang cute. 

FREE SVG File from Dreaming Tree!

Not only am I a sucker for containers that look like other things, I’m a sucker for a good freebie. Freebies work on me too, anyone else?  I often find myself going to get a freebie and snagging a few other things…and I’m CERTAIN that’s the priciple of the thing.

But what I like about freebies from Dreaming Tree is that they’re actually free.  Not free with purchase, or free once you hit a dollar threshold, they’re just free.  If you’re new to Cricut, or new to Dreaming Tree files, this is an incredible resource.  Whenever I find a new SVG designer whose designs I find appealing, I always look for a freebie first so I can test drive their stuff before I buy a bundle or something complex…

So, here’s the file (it’s an affiliate link, but once again…an affiliate link on a free product.  You do the math!) 😉 Dreaming Tree Milk Carton Treat Box

Grab the freebie, save it on your computer in a convenient and easy-to-find spot, and open Cricut Design Space for the next bit!

 

Dreaming Tree website with file photo

Make Easy File Adjustments in Cricut Design Space

As with most third-party (non-Cricut) SVG files, you need to make a few key adjustments to the file in order for it to cut the way you think it will.

Let’s start by getting the file into Design Space.  Open Design Space and hit “new” in the upper left, which gives you a blank canvas.  Go to the “upload” button on the bottom left, and then “browse” on the following screen.

upload image button
Browse button in Design Space

Find your file on your computer and open the SVG folder within it.  I prefer to use the “solid score lines” in the extras folder.

Solid score lines folder

Pick the first item in the list to be imported, and then work you way down the line.  You will have uploaded 10 files when you are done.

When you have them all, select them all.  You can tell they are selected because there is a little green square around each one.

All 10 svg files uploaded

And then select “Insert Images” in the bottom right. This will add all of your milk carton pieces into your blank canvas.

Insert images button in design space

Change Cut Lines to Score Lines

And now for the simple changes.  When you look at the pieces, you’ll notice that there are lines that should be score marks but are listed in Design Space as cut marks.  

A good example is the base piece of the milk carton.

Score lines that are cut lines

All you need to do to fix this is select each one of these (in this example there are 2), one at a time, and go to the “cut” at the top left and select “score” instead.

Select score button

All those cut marks will suddenly turn into score marks, and even though they appear as dashes, they are solid score marks.

Finally, just select both the piece and the score marks with your cursor, and then click “attach” in the bottom right corner.  This will ensure that your score marks are attached to your piece and will score where you expect them to!

The little dash marks to the left of the triangle of dash marks are there to help guide your placement of some of the embellishment pieces.  It looks a little weird now but will be helpful during construction.

Select piece and score marks, and hit attach

Follow this same procedure changing cut marks into score marks on each of the following pieces below:

Emblem piece
Blue wrap piece
Cow spot piece
Black wrap piece
Other half of main box

Once you’ve changed your score marks and attached them all, it’s time to let your Cricut cut them out for you, and let’s go put it together!

Assembling the Milk Carton Gift Box

Assemble Little Embellishments

Assembling this gift box is a breeze.  The carton itself is basically 2 pieces, everything else is decoration and super-fun. 🙂

I chose to begin by assembling the embellishment pieces that have layers, mostly because I like to get the little bits out of the way.

For the “fresh” sign, there are three pieces.  A plain blue, a black with a single cut-out, and a blue piece that has most of the word “fresh” in it.  These three pieces stack in that order.

Three pieces of fresh sign
Fresh sign stacked

The milk bottles also have three layers.  The bottom layer I chose to cut out of a beautiful silver metallic cardstock because I liked the idea of the lid being silver, and the lid isn’t covered up.

Silver metallic cardstock

On top of that base, you put the larger of the pale pieces (mine is beige), and on top of that, you add the final top piece (mine is white).  There rare two milk jars, so do them both.

Milk bottle piece

Assemble the Body of the Milk Carton

You want to fold the 2 milk carton pieces along the score marks, and your pieces should look something like this.  I have a video tutorial, so if you need to see this in action that will help.

Both pieces are the same structurally, so you can just do this fold pattern twice.

Folded milk carton panel

The three tabs on the right side of the above will be glue to the un-tabbed side of the other main piece, like this:

Assemble two main pieces together

Then you can flip it over and attach the other side.  Give it a good squeeze and a moment for your glue to set.

Attach other side of milk carton gift box

Open it up and flip it over, and glue the bottom flaps together.  You want to fold in the two small ones, and then glue the smaller of the two remaining flaps down.  You’ll end up with the largest of the flaps on the outside.

Glue down smaller flap
Glue down largest flap on the outside

Press down from the inside onto the surface of the table to give it some pressure to stick.

Add Your Decor!

Now that your milk carton gift box is constructed, it’s time to add the goodies to the outside!

There are helpful score mark guides on the pieces as I mentioned earlier, so you can follow along with where they are, or make up your own design.

The score marks on the white pieces were nearly impossible for my camera to pick up, but the score marks on the black piece with the cow on it are really noticeable.  I’ll use that as an example. 

You see the little arches toward the top that look like pencil marks? That’s where you will align the high points of the “M” in milk, and then there are spots to help alight the “l” and the “k”.

Pictures below will show you where the other decor pieces go.  Also, the large blue piece wraps around the box on three sides, so make sure your cow ends up on the front of your carton. 🙂  

The smaller blue piece is the back panel of the blue wrap around.  The black wrap around fits right on top of the blue one!

Front cow spots
Fresh sign added
Adding wrap panel
Back panel piece and back spots
Add black wrap panel on top. Be careful of the delicate tail!
Back panel piece and back spots
Add milk bottles to each side
If desired, you can add some pen marks to the score marks around the cow spot

Finishing Touches

Finally, I added some bling to the box in the form of a small black enamel dot on the front.  Truth: the file has a small black paper dot and I promptly lost it…so I improvised.  If you can manage to not lose your tiny dot, that’s where it goes! 

I also added a sparkly bit to the “i” in milk.

Next, you want to put your gift box item into your gift box!  Then you are ready to ribbon it closed.

Then there’s the small emblem piece, which you can kind of put wherever you like.  

I put a pop dot on the back and put it on top of the bow…but I also think it might have looked nice where the black dot is.

Final image

Prefer a Video Tutorial? Here Ya Go!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
 
Materials used for this project are: 
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut cardstock:  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Metallic cardstock used for milk bottle: https://amzn.to/32BgXHu
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:  https://shrsl.com/24rsx
Adhesive gemstones in strips: https://amzn.to/2EE0f1L
Black sticky dots: https://amzn.to/3jo3465
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Make Custom Cupcake Picks Using the Cricut Design Space Slice Feature

July 17, 2020

Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently!

This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1.  First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space.  Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks!

Cute, right?  They took literally about 30 minutes, start to finish, so not bad at all!  Think about all of the custom ninja-turtle-lego-unicorn-minecraft-superhero picks you could make for birthday parties! 🙂

The truth is, once you know how to slice in Design Space, you have the ability to make custom whatevers!  Even these, for example, could have easily been printed on sticky paper and turned into stickers.  I’m telling you, slicing is where it’s at.

If you’re already an accomplished slicer, and just want to do custom cupcake picks, you can skip down a few sections, or straight to the video tutorial at the bottom.

Custom cupcake pick

Slice, Slice, Baby!

I couldn’t help myself.  If you’ve read my blog long enough, or seen any of my shop products, you’ll know how much I enjoy word play.  If this is your first time here, welcome, and this is normal. 🙂

The slice feature in Cricut Design Space is one of the little tools at the bottom right of your project page.  It’s the tool I use most often, and the one I think is the most versatile.  

Think of the slice feature as your virtual scissors…let me show you what to do.

THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPAL OF THE SLICE FEATURE IS THAT YOU CAN ONLY SLICE 2 THINGS.  I’m putting that in caps because it’s super-important.  It’s so important that when you forget, it doesn’t work at all.

So, I start my tutorial with 2 shapes, a circle and a square.  I grabbed them from the “shapes” section of the menu bar on the left.

Start with any 2 shapes
Choose the 2 shapes you'd like to slice...whatever they may be.
Put together 2 items to slice
Move the two shapes on top of one another, depending on where you want to slice them. For example, if I want to cut a circle out of the middle of that square, I'm going to put it on top wherever I want to "cut" or slice it.
select both shapes
Once you have them positioned where you want them, use your cursor to select both shapes at the same time.
Slice button is active
Once both shapes are selected, the slice button in the lower right suddenly becomes available (it's greyed out when not available). Go ahead and push that button. It's okay...you can do it.
Slice complete
Ta-da! Now you have slices the circle out of the center of your square. What you have left is the original circle, what's left of your square, plus the circle-shaped piece you cut out of the square! Since the slice feature is your virtual scissors, that grey circle is kind of your leftover scrap paper. 🙂
Remove some portions
One thing to highlight is that you don't have to slice a whole shape (circle) out of a whole shape (square). You can use the slice feature to cut just a piece of something. Here, I removed a little piece from the right side of the square.
cannot add a third thing to slice
See what happens when I invite another shape to the party? The slice feature is suddenly not available anymore. ONLY 2 THINGS. They're serious about it.

Those Are the Basics, But Here's the Thing That Always Trips Me Up

If I take that circle and put a score line in the middle, is it still one shape?

Shape with score line

Let’s try to slice these 2 shapes.  It’s the same 2 shapes we sliced before…and that worked fine.

Move it into position, highlight both shapes, and go down to your slice button.

Slice button is inactive again

THE SCORE LINE IS ANOTHER “THING”.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this mistake.

If you want to cut these shapes now, you need to remove the score line, slice them, and then put the score line back.

He was not invited to the party, just like the little grey circle.  So sad.

Now That You Know How to Slice, Let's Make Custom Cupcake Picks!

I’m always looking for ways to use my Cricut to do the hard work for me, and this is a great example of something I wouldn’t want to cut by hand.  I HATE cutting circles.  Even when you think you got it right, you don’t got it right. 🙂  But we are going to make some circular custom cupcake picks, since I think that’s the most standard cupcake pick shape.

Start By Selecting Your Custom Item/Image

What’s going on your custom cupcake pick? A picture? Sometone’s name? An important date? Whatever it is, grab them and put them somewhere you can easily find them on your computer.

I chose to use 12 pictures of my son.  Since I had a dozen cupcakes, I used a picture from each month of the year to decorate cupcakes for my husband’s birthday.

 

Get Your Items/Images into Design Space

Upload images into design space
From a new project page, select "upload" on the left and you will get this screen, where you can select the "upload image" button at the top left.
Browse for your photo
Browse for your photos. You need to select one at a time. I obviously needed to do this 12 times...but I sped it up during the video tutorial. 🙂
Selected picture
When you select a picture, it imports like this. Select the green continue button on the bottom right. To explain this photo, Spencer was asked to come to school for the 100th day as a 100 year old person...so this was his outfit for the day. 🙂
Next select your design style
Next, you select your image type. I almost always pick complex, unless the image is one color or something truly simple. Complex gives you the best option to capture all of the colors in your image. Hit continue again.
Insert photos into project
Once you hit continue, the image is loaded into Design Space. Once all of your images are there, you can select them all together (no need to do one at a time anymore, thank goodness). Then hit the green "insert images" button at the bottom.
All photos are inserted
All of the photos you selected will now be populated into your project!

Slice Your Cupcake Pick Shape With Your Image

Circle cupcake pick shape selected
Just as we did in the slice tutorial, go to the shapes menu on the left side and grab yourself a shape. I've got a circle.
Duplicate it
I think it's good practice to go to the upper right and duplicate your shape a few times. That way, you don't have to worry about making another one later. Unless you are only making 1 custom pick!
Size your picture appropriately, and then place your shape over your image. Just like in the tutorial, select them both and hit that slice button!
slice shape
Now you have a circle with your custom image inside!

Don't Forget About the Back of Your Custom Picks!

It’s easy to get excited about all of your custom shapes, but don’t neglect to consider the back before you move to the cutting portion.

This is a good time to duplicate some more of those circles to make sure you have enough circle backs to match your circle fronts. 🙂

Cut Out Your Pieces and Assemble!

When you hit “make it”, Cricut will load all of the images onto a printable page for you.  Print that out and let the machine do that hard cutting-of-circles!

And select some paper to cut out your plain circles…

Select paper for the back
Flat topped wooden picks
I like using these flat topped wooden picks from Amazon. I'll have them linked in the supply list below. They provide a nice large surface on which to stick your image. If you don't want to buy these, you can use a toothpick but you'll likely need to glue the front and back together and squeeze the toothpick in.
Apply glue to one side of wood pick
Apply craft glue to one side of the wooden pick. I love Art Glitter glue for just about everything. I'll link to my resources page for that as well. I use it on all of my paper projects and it adheres well to wood.
Apply image to pick
Apply the image to the glued area and apply some gentle pressure while the glue sets.
Front half done
The front of your pick is done.
Align back to match with front
Apply glue to the back half of the stick and line up the back circle with the front circle.
Custom cupcake pick completed
And you're done!

Just Add Cupcakes...

You did it! You made some adorable custome cupcake picks and now you get to decorate!

All custom picks fanned out
All dozen custom cupcake picks in cupcakes

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 

I use a cardstock paper for heavyweight projects like this.  My favorite inexpensive option is this Neenah paper from Amazon.

The flat-topped wooden picks are also from Amazon, you can find them here.  As of the time I’m writing this blog post, they’re about $5 for 100. 🙂

My favorite glue and other favorite papercraft resources can be found on my resources page!

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial: Mother’s Day Gift Box

April 23, 2020

Is This Not the Most Adorable Gift Box You've Ever Seen?

In this Cricut tutorial, I will show you how to make a few adjustments to turn a Cricut file for a sweets box, into this Mother’s Day spa gift box!  You could really adjust this design to any number of purposes, but I have some bath bombs that Spencer and I made in this video, and they needed a gift box.  

I’m layering the specialness of homemade bath bombs with a homemade gift box…and it feels GOOD.

A Before and After Look at the Cricut File

Original Sweet Tooth Gift Box Design
This is the original file in Cricut Design Space. I assume it was a goodie box for sweets.
Mother's Day Spa Gift Box
This is the finished design after a few file alterations!

I know, I know…the design is pretty cute all by itself, and I probably could have just done nothing and had a perfectly lovely gift box…but I had visions of a tiny spa dancing in my head, and the changes were pretty easy.

Come on, I’ll show ya!

Manipulate the Original Cricut Gift Box File

I started by selecting the file and taking a look at the components.  There’s not a lot to the structure, but I was immediately turned off by the dozens of tiny flowers, and knew pretty immediately that I wanted them to disappear…but first things first.

  1. I began by making a few rectangles that will fit over the window holes so I could put acetate in them.  I made 2 of those, one for each window.
Rectangle for window acetate

2. Then I started working on the spa sign for the roof.  I went into images and searched for something Mother’s Day-ish.  I finally settled on this image.

Selected image

3. To make the sign, I grabbed another rectangle to put under the image, and used the text feature to write the word “spa”.

Adding spa to sign

4. I selected all of the pieces of the image (mother’s day message, rectangle, and spa) and flattened them into a single printable image.  Then I grabbed another rectangle to put behind it as a border (which I cut out of patterned paper).

Up close spa sign and background

5. Finally, we deal with the irritating flowers.  I deleted those…

Deleted flowers from original design

6. Back in images, I found cut then print flowers I thought would work better, and duplicated and sized them for the bushes.

Then cut it all out!

Replacement flower images

Assemble Your Gift Box Base

Fold along the score lines of you two main box base pieces. It’s also a good time to attach the acetate to the inside of the windows (which I neglected to do before I closed up the box…so don’t make my mistake.

If you use some acetate, make sure you check to make sure you’ve removed the protective film on the outside.

Remove film on acetate
Installed window acetate

I started assembly thinking it would be a piece of cake.  Turns out, there is a WEIRD box bottom on this project.  I tried to fit it together every which way I could, but eventually decided it needed to be glued shut.  Maybe if you were putting something light inside it would matter (although I kind of doubt it), but knowing I had heavy bath bombs to go in, I needed a sturdy bottom.

Bizarre box bottom

I recorded the struggle in the video tutorial, so maybe that will be an easier way to visualize the struggle.  Regardless, this solution worked in the end!

Add Embellishments to the Outside of Your Gift Box

You are ready to add the embellishments to the outside of your gift box. You should start with the windows first, and then the shrubs.

You’ll notice here that the door sits on top of the shrubs, and the shrubs sit on top of the window.  So, windows, shrubs, door, and then flowers is the best order.

You can also add the triangular pieces to the underside of the roof, but DO NOT add the roof yet!

Side of gift box

Fill Your Gift Box with Goodies, and THEN Seal It Up!

It’s important to keep in mind that this design is kind of like a little milk carton.  The “handle” at the top of the gift box is going to be sealed before you put the roof on, so you must get your goodies inside the gift box before you close it and add the roof.

When you glue the top closed, make sure to hold it for a little longer than you think you should.  It wants to pop open and it will take it’s chance if you let it!  I think I did it for a solid 2 minutes, which feels like an eternity.  Put on a YouTube tutorial to play in the background to kill the time. 🙂 

Add goodies to gift box before sealing
Glue top of gift box shut

Put the Roof on, and Your Gift Box is Finished (and Super Cute)

There is a slit in the top of the roof piece where you can gently squeeze the top into place.  Do this gently, and slowly.  There isn’t a lot of space between the slit and the edge of the paper, so your opportunity to tear it is abundant.

Once you’ve got the roof in place, glue down both sides of the roof.

Insert roof on top of gift box

Finish off your gift box with your Mother’s Day sign.  I used some foam squares to pop it out a little.  

I’m in love.

Mother's Day Spa Gift Box

If you’d like to save yourself the changing-the-file bit and go straight to playing with glue (I hear you), I have a link to the Cricut file as I have adjusted it.  All I ask in return is for you to sign up for my email list so I can grow my circle of friends here.  You can unsubscribe anytime you like, I respect your privacy.

Once you fill in your email address, you will be emailed a link to the file which will open in Cricut automatically for you.  If you have Access, everything should be free!  If you don’t have Access yet, here is a link for you.  If you don’t know what Access is, start with this post!

Here’s a link to the video tutorial:

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links in this post are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.
 
 
Cricut cardstock used for windows, doors and shrubs
110lb kraft cardstock I used 110lb cardstock from Michael’s, but can’t find it on their website.  This link is for Amazon instead.  I’ve used this brand in heavyweight 12 by 12 paper and it was great.
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here.

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial: Paper Tealight Holder (Free SVG!)

April 17, 2020

Perfect for Mother's Day: A Handmade Gift Using a FREE SVG File From Dreaming Tree!

I would say most Mom’s appreciate a homemade gift, generally speaking, but if there is ever a year not to go out shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, it’s this one.  Instead, I offer you this tealight holder tutorial, so you can make one with your Cricut, just a few pieces of paper from your craft stash, and a free SVG file courtesy of Dreaming Tree!

"But Amanda, It Looks Like There is Vellum In This Project, and I Don't Have Vellum in My Stash Right Now."

It’s okay, neither did I.  I gotchu.

Know what that lovely, white, moderately see-through paper on the petals of the daffodils is?  PARCHMENT PAPER FROM MY KITCHEN DRAWER.  I was trying to figure out what might be a good on-hand kind of substitute, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It worked!

I have some generic parchment paper variety from Sam’s Club, but I imagine they are all mostly the same, with the exception of perhaps Reynolds parchment paper, which (I think) has it’s name written all over it.  So maybe try some wax paper if I’m right about the Reynolds writing…

In the end, I think the parchment paper had just enough translucency that the candle flame really showed through well.  I left this picture kind of dim so you could see the soft glow.  Don’t you think your Mom would like this softly lit, handmade, paper tealight holder next to a nice warm bubble bath?  

YES.  On behalf of Mom’s everywhere, the answer is yes.

My Cricut Can Cut Parchment Paper?

The answer to this question is also apparently “yes”. 🙂 

The setting I used to get a successful cut from my Cricut, was the dot between “iron-on” and “light cardstock”.  I used the blue light-tack Cricut mat (a relatively new one, so it was pretty sticky), and it cut like a charm.

Okay, the first few settings were a hot effing mess, but THIS setting worked like a charm, so use this one. 🙂

Cricut setting for parchment paper

Dreaming Tree SVG File

The SVG file for this paper tealight holder is a FREEBIE from Dreaming Tree.  On the resources tab of this blog, you will see a square with links to my favorite SVG sites, of which Dreaming Tree is one.  Here is a link to the file.

The file link is an affiliate link…an affiliate link to a free file, so you can do the math on that one.  BUT, it’s a great introduction to Dreaming Tree if you aren’t already a fan.  They haven’t been around for very long, just a few years, but they’ve been cranking out quite the body of work.  My first few projects of theirs were freebie files, and then I got some of the more complicated files once I was comfortable.  I posted a picture of my Dreaming Tree bunny from last Easter just a few days ago.  It was pretty advanced, but I worked my way up to it, and you can too!

Paper Tealight Holder = Excellent Beginner Cricut Project!

Finally, I would just like to offer that this paper tealight holder is a great beginner Cricut project.  It LOOKS impressively complex, but it’s really just a few pieces, and basically 2 boxes.  It went together easily and quickly and I think it’s just lovely.

Paper tealight

I have a full video tutorial below, but here are the basic steps for construction:

Glue button panels onto front of tealight holder
Glue bottom panels onto FRONT of main piece
Glue top panels (parchment paper) to FRONT of main piece
Glue top panels (parchment paper) onto FRONT of main piece
Glue pattern cover pieces on TOP of panels you just applied
Glue pattern cover pieces on TOP of panels you just applied
Fold score lines and close up box
Fold score lines and close up box
Glue down the bottom flap
Glue down the bottom flap
Glue cover panel into the inside to hide the seams and provide stability
Glue cover panel to the bottom of the inside, to hide the seams and provide stability
Fold score lines on tealight base
Fold score lines on tealight holder base
Glue sides and bottom of base
Glue sides and bottom of tealight holder base to form a small box
Glue bottom of tealight holder to base
Glue the bottom of the tealight holder to the top of the tealight base

Some Assembly Tips

I learned a couple of things during the construction of this project:

1. Even a small amount of glue will make your parchment paper look all wiggly and weird.  This is okay. Once the covering panel is down, you can’t tell at all.

parchment paper and glue
Thin line of glue example

2. Work quickly with super thin lines of glue so it doesn’t squish out onto your thin panels, and so the glue you applied at the top of your panel isn’t dry by the time you’re done applying to the bottom of the panel.

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

 

 

Main piece paper is Cricut paper in teal-green
Patterned paper for side panels, as well as the green paper used for the base: Natalie Maran Little Terrace pack from Cricut
Cricut light green paper used for leaf panels instead of vellum: Light green from the pastel pearl paper sample pack
Favorite glue, and papercraft recommendations are on my blog resources page here!

 

And finally, a link to the video tutorial!

For this post, I teamed up with some fellow bloggers.  Why not go check out some other creative Mother’s Day gift ideas?

Group post, Mother's Day gift ideas

Cupcake Liner Carnations – Manda Panda Projects

4-in-1 Mother’s Day Gift – Thirty Minute Maker

Gifts Mom Will Love – Victori’s Creations

How to Make a Mother’s Day Card on Cricut – Pocket Wonders

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial: Bunny Treat Box

April 6, 2020

Bunny Treat Box, How Sweet!

I love putting together little treat boxes for Easter for each of the kids that join us for our celebration.  I put a treat box out at the table setting of each kid.  This year’s bunny box is the sweetest thing, and this Cricut tutorial is a breeze.  Let me walk you through where to get this file, how to adjust it a little, and finally, a super-easy assembly tutorial.  The assembly for this is only about 5 minutes, it’s an impressively simple design! 

Easter Treat Boxes Past...

This is the first Easter that I’ve had my blog, so let me catch you up on a couple of prior treat boxes (which also happen to both be bunnies!)

Last Year

Last year, the bunny treat box was complicated.  Like, really really complicated.  Ultimately I decided it was so cute, it was worth it.  It was a file from Dreaming Tree, which is one of the trusted resources on my resources tab.  The link to the file from last year is here. (This is an affiliate link).

Look at the back of the bunny at the one across the table!  A small bow and dimensional tail.  Could you die??  You lift off his whole head to get to the goodies inside.  If this interests you, there is a great tutorial on the Dreaming Tree site attached to the file.  It’s the tutorial I used last year when I was putting these together.  

Dreaming Tree Bunny Box

Two Years Ago

The year before that, I made little faux chocolate bunny boxes from Lori Whitlock’s shop https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/3d-chocolate-bunny-box/ (not an affiliate link).  Not nearly as complex, but still very impactful.  I made them nice and large and crammed them full of toys and candy.  I think each bunny half was cut from a full sheet of 8.5×11 paper…

and...Present Day

The file for this year’s bunny treat box is also from the Lori Whitlock shop.  I have an entire step by step video dedicated to how to get Lori Whitlock’s files into Cricut Design Space, so the best thing to do is to watch that video first (or refresh your memory if you’ve already seen it?) so we start the tutorial with the design uploaded into design space. 

I made a couple of minor adjustments to the file, which I walk through in the bunny treat box video tutorial below.  The first adjustment is that I changed the score lines to be solid.  It’s just a pet peev of mine…when the score lines are little dashes, which is common in some designer’s files, it drives me nuts.  It’s an easy fix.  Basically, I replace the square score dash marks with a solid square shape and turn it into a score line instead of a cut line.

Next, I got the file as large as I could before it wouldn’t fit on a single mat.  I knew I had lots of treats, and I was worried that this design might not be big enough (it wasn’t, so I ended up resizing it and using a few mats to cut it, but that’ll be an upcoming post!).

There’s a trick to making things fit on mats in Design Space.  If your design is just a little too large for your mat, sometimes if you just rotate the design on an angle, it’ll fit!  #Cricuthack!

 

Once the file was as large as I could get it, I cut out the pieces and went to the assembly table.  This project literally went together in about 5 minutes.  It would be a terrific project if you needed to make multiples!

Fold on score lines
Attach patterned bunny halves
Fold inside flaps
Slide together the outside flaps

And just like that, you’re done!  I mention in the video that the largest I am able to get this box by using a single piece of paper, is a box about 4 by 4 inches on the bottom, so you’ll need smallish treats.

I hope you enjoy the video!  Happy bunny boxing!

Supply list is below.  Some of these links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase using one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

 

The paper used for the bunny is from the Echo Park Celebrate Easter set, which I can no longer find online. However, there is a digital download of this paper pack for just a few bucks on this website, which I use often. Digital paper is a great way to increase your paper stash without having to buy or store a ton of different paper packs!

 If you would like a physical product, there are some other Echo Park options on Amazon: https: https://amzn.to/34jfciv 

Paper used for the box: https://amzn.to/3dVJiNx 

My favorite glue and tiny refillable bottles are both listed in my resources tab here: https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love,
Amanda

Make FREE 3-D Paper Easter Decorations

April 1, 2020

Need to Add Some Pizazz to Your Easter Decor? Make Some Paper Easter Decorations for Free!

If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you will have seen the growing selection of free paper animals I’ve been making.  These are done with the free designs on the Canon Creative Park website. The site is packed full of fun projects, and I stumbled upon this design they call “Easter set”.  So, not only can you make adorable critters, you can make Easter decorations with paper too!

Finished paper Easter decorations project

My first thought was “those eggs look like they would be a nightmare”.  And then I thought “how do you make it completely enclosed without a hole in the top or bottom?”  “Where do you put your fingers while you are putting it together?” “How do you get them out?”  

Eventually, I had so many “I wonder” questions, I decided I had to try it for myself.  The eggs are a little bit of a nightmare, but really just the first one.  Once you do one, the others are easy.

 

Easter Prep During Covid-19

I have tried hard not to focus blog posts on the current state of things, and to instead provide a respite and distraction for you.  The only way I am going to get through it, is if I can escape and play every now and then.   

Even though I did a significant amount of very early Easter planning, and got some goodies in advance, I feel a need to make things a little extra special this year.  It’s obviously just going to be my household for Easter this year, but in my mind and in my heart, I want to make it that much more special.  

Basically, Easter is going to suck, and I want to make it less sucky.

Going for Normal

While you are visiting my blog over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see a bunch of Easter projects, and cookies, that are intended to make things feel normal around here.  I think I’m even going to make placecards just for the three of us…because that’s “normal” for me too.  Also, there’s a design I’ve had my heart set on, and typically there’s no turning back once I get there.  Knowwhaddimean?

It’s not going to be the lovely Easter with a dozen and a half friends and family and a giant Easter egg hunt for all the kids, but the “things” will be the same.  The food will be familiar, and gosh darnit, there WILL be decorations!  

Paper Decorations Are Beautiful!

I think this free Easter decoration project is lovely!  Putting this together, and  the little black and white dutch bunny in the beginning of the video (and pictured above), really helped get me in the mood.  

So if you don’t want to sit around with your shaving cream and food coloring this weekend, but still want some fun decorated “eggs”, this is a great option.  I leaned into the camera as close as possible to make it easy to follow along.

The file is located here: Canon Creative Park Easter Set

To make these paper Easter decorations, you literally just need to print it out, grab your scissors and some glue and follow along.  I hope you enjoy and feel proud and a little more normal when you’re done!

While you’re at it, why not hit the subscribe button on my YouTube channel?  I have a TON of Easter projects that I just need to edit and upload, which I hope to do in the next couple of days.  There are also a few Easter cookie videos already up…I’m aggregating them all into a single blog post, so they made it to YouTube first.  Click the bell notification and you’ll get a little notification when there’s a new one. 

Until then, thanks for stopping by! 

Love, Amanda

I'm Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). This blog is a focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts! I LOVE making things a little extra special and I love sharing those ideas with you. Have a look around, or read more here.

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