Thursday, 13 November 2008

Advent/Gift Box Freebie!

[Edit - These files are no longer available from this site. Email me for details on how to access earlier files.]

I can hear you! Yes... you... I can hear what you're thinking just as if you were saying it out loud... "Oh no, not another advent idea!". :) What can I tell you? Roll on December 1st, then I can stop thinking about this stuff!!

This idea was actually prompted by an email I received, asking if I knew of a box template that you could cut on the Cricut that would make a box with 10cm sides (approx. 4 inches). Conventional box templates have a row of 4 sides together, with a tab at the end, and so can be cut no larger than around 2 3/4 inches per side on a 12" mat.

So, I came up with 2 designs: A conventional box template (which doesn't solve the problem but is always good to have) and a large box template, which will allow you to cut a box up to around 5 inches or so in size.

These work great in a small size as advent boxes that can be hung from the tree or arranged in a bowl. They're faster to make than the takeout boxes I showed earlier, and unlike the sour cream container there's no need to rip them to open them, so they can be packed away again and used next year!

Here is the folding guide for the conventional box template:


The large box template requires you to cut 2 pieces. If you are using double sided cardstock, remember to flip one of them, otherwise you will have a box with two different patterns on it!. I've included a video at the end of this post with a reminder on how to flip a shape in SCAL before cutting it. Cutting each piece as large as possible from 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock will give a box of sides just over 5 inches in length.

Here is the construction and folding guide for the large box template:



Again, these templates will be "live" for 1 week. Next Saturday, they will be taken down, and new ones will replace them. Don't forget, if you have any requests, pass them on! I can't promise, but I will take suggestions into account when planning future templates.

These files may not be uploaded to a group, forum or website for sale or redistribution, or shared among individuals. They are expressly for the personal use of each person that downloads them from this blog.


There are 2 files this time, so I have put it into a zip file to make downloading easier. After saving it, open in the usual way, and drag the template out onto your desktop or wherever you wish to save them.

There are 3 versions of each template:
  • A printable version (PNG files) that you can import into a program like Word, then resize, print, cut out and use like any other paper template (these are NOT Word files, so don't use File/Open in Word! Use Insert/Picture to bring them into a Word document).
  • An SVG version which can be imported into the Sure Cuts a Lot program and then cut out on your Cricut.
  • A DXF version which is Craft Robo friendly, and ready to be imported into your Robomaster software (I'm not a Robo user, so if there are any problems with this, please let me know!)
Simply right click on the appropriate button below, and choose "save link..." or "save target..." and save your template!

Any feedback on the templates is more than welcome, and if you have any suggestions for possible future templates you'd like to see, please let me know! If you make anything using one of the templates, please post a link to it here so that others can be inspired by how you've used them!

I hope you like the templates - let me know how you get on! :)

Templates © dan99crafter@gmail.com 2008

17 comments :

Pamela said...

Thank you!

911barb said...

thanks dan can't wait to try this.

Lisa said...

Does your wife ever get angry at you for spoiling so many other women? Thank you and her patience for letting you share your talents with all of us.

Heather said...

Thanks Dan!!!!!

Gina said...

Thanks for this Dan.............you've even made me play with SCAL which I've had for ages but didn't know where to start. Love your video tuts.

misteejay said...

Thank you Dan.

Toni :o)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for all the great files you give freely each week. You're a great designer and a really nice guy. Now if I can only make one or two of these to share.

Heather "Hev" said...

Thankyou again Dan :)

mrsspook said...

Ooh Dan you really are spoiling us with all of these fabs templates and the wonderful inspiration you give us, all I need now is the time to try them all out(contemplating throwing the ironing out of the window and ignoring the housework altogether) My girls can't wait to see the sour cream cartons hanging from the tree (which they want to put up yesterday). I will have to make these too now. I think this year is the year of handmade tree decorations.
June x

Brenda said...

You Rock Dan. Thank You!

Anne said...

Thanks Dan

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to go play!!

Anonymous said...

Dan Thanks so much you have no idea how much I have learned from visiting your blog, It's like opening up a surprise bag, I love all your freebies and tutorials.
Thanks so much
Beth

thefrugalcrafter said...

Thanks dan! I only have the baby bug so this being in 2 pieces is perfect!

Tam said...

Dan you are too sweet. I thank you for leaving this up a few days as I have been in bed sick and would have missed it. There are just too cute. Your talent never cease's to amaze me.
TFS

Marjorie said...

Thanks Dan for the templates!

Limar said...

Very useful, thank you =)

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