I’m not sure if everyone knows about neighbor gifts, but if you haven’t been raised with this tradition, the name describes it all… small, usually hand-crafted gifts, for all your neighbors and friends. This year for some of my neighbors, I made some super yummy thumbprint shortbread cookies with jam centers (raspberry makes it extra festive) and decided to make some adorable boxes with some of my paper stash (and yes, it’s a giant stash).
Ever since I saw this adorable Christmas paper from My Mind’s Eye, I’ve been wanting to do something cute with it. I love the bright colors, especially the pink! So I grabbed 2 sheets and the matching accessory sheet. To make the box I decided to go the easy route and cut it on my shiny new Cricut.
I created a simple box form for the Cricut to cut. I use SCAL with my cricut so I can have it cut anything I want. If you’re a SCAL user I have a free download of this simple SVG file. Also I made a DXF file which should work with Craftrobo (Silhouette, wishblade, etc). If you don’t have a cutter, there is a PDF that you can print and use as a template.
I cut one at about 11″ tall for the bottom boxand then I enlarged the file slightly to make it about 11.25″ to make the top of the box. My box came out quite large, I think It would be better even smaller, so if you can only cut 8-9″ wide, this is still a great project.
After cutting the papers I just folded the edges and glued the tabs on the outside of the box.
After folding and gluing, I found some white parchment paper and lined the box and then placed in the cookies that I had made (make sure they are cool!)
Then I placed the lid on top, tied it with some ribbon, a tag from the accessory sheet and a chipboard christmas tree, and it was ready to deliver!
Super cute, super easy, affordable, and quick enough to mass reproduce! Have a merry Christmas & happy holiday season!
click on the download button to download the cutting file/template for this box. The zip you download will have a PDF, SVG, & DXF file. Happy Crafting!