Learn how to make personalized Cricut favor boxes out of cardstock for a baby shower, birthday party, graduation, and more!
I’ve made a few favor boxes with my Cricut over the years but these might be my favorite!
I was making a bunch of stuff for a baby shower and decided to make personalized 3d paper boxes with some images I found in Cricut Design Space.
If you have Cricut Access, all the images I used are included, and if you don’t you can still use them for a small fee in design space itself.
These DIY favor boxes are personalized with the Mother To Be’s name and date of the baby shower, but you can edit the text to suit your needs!
I will be using my Cricut Explore Air 2 for this Cricut project, but you could also use the Cricut Maker family line.
Unfortunately, the little Cricut Joy is not quite powerful enough and doesn’t have a scoring tool, but you could cut a small box out with a Cricut Joy and add your own score lines. (If you are still deciding on a cutting machine, make sure to check out my post on which Cricut is best for you!)
I have the full step by step instructions below (in a printable card) with a quick video, but you can also watch my full YouTube video on how to put together favor boxes here along with making the invitation and Thank You print and cut stickers.
Again, these instructions are for a baby shower, but follow the same steps to put together any other Cricut favor box and customize it how you want!
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- If you have Cricut Access, there are a lot of free Cricut box templates available to make in Cricut Design Space. When you click on Images on the left panel, type favor box in the search bar. Then on the left-hand side filter bar under Design Type, check 3D. Choose any design you want to make! Or upload your own designs to add to the box!
- To use my baby shower elephant design within Cricut Design Space, click here. Then click on Customize.
- The project also contains cupcake toppers and Hershey chocolate labels. Just delete those if you don't want them. The two square boxes are to cut out of acetate sheets.
- To edit the Mom to Be and Date, simply double click on the text. The text box will flip around and have a cursor in it. Type in whatever you want the personalization to be and click off the image for it to rotate back. Everything is already attached so no need to do anything else!
- If you'd like to change the size of the favor box, use your mouse to drag over the favor box, elephants on the box, and the two squares (to select all of them), and then drag in one of the corner boxes to resize.
- Click on Make It. Increase the Project quantity size on the Prepare screen to cut more than one. Follow all the onscreen prompts to cut each of the layers remembering the change the Material Setting in between mats.
- Place a piece of cardstock on a green mat for the box. You'll be prompted to insert a scoring stylus in Clamp A for the Cricut Explore machines and the scoring wheel for the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine (in place of your fine point blade that you use for cut lines).Load your mat when the machine's light flashes then click on the Go button to score and cut.
- When it's time to insert the Cricut pen, the machine will pause and you'll get an on screen prompt to insert the pen into clamp A. DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT. Remove the scoring wheel and insert the pen (your steps might be reversed, just do whatever design space tells you to do!). Then push the blinking light to continue.
- Unload the mat when prompted and peel the mat away from the cardstock (this helps to prevent the card stock from warping).
- Continue cutting the other pieces of the favor box by following all on screen instructions. I used a white opaque pen for the writing on the elephants.
- I used patterned iron on vinyl for the elephant ears since I think it's easier to work with than small pieces of cardstock and I loved the pink pattern. Make sure to change the setting on that particular mat to MIRROR ON and place the pattern side down on a mat to cut. Weed off the extra vinyl after unloading the mat when it's done.
- For the acetate sheets, there is a thin film on one side of the sheet. Place that side down on the cutting mat. Change the setting to foil acetate and cut. Peel the square away from the film after it's done cutting.
- Now that all of the box pieces are cut, it's time to assemble the favor box!
- To add iron on vinyl to cardstock, preheat a EasyPress Mini to the first setting (or use the Cricut heat guide for a larger EasyPress). Place the cut image elephant on a heat mat and center the ears on the elephant. Use a slow motion and firm pressure to adhere the HTV to the cardstock. When cooled to the touch, peel off the liner.
- To assemble the treat box, fold all of the score lines so you have a nice crease on all sides of the box.
- Add glue to the inside of the box behind the elephant. Glue on the acetate square. I used the second square for the bottom of the box.
- Fold the design so that it resembles a four sided box. There will be flaps that overlap on the bottom and top and one small edge flap. Add hot glue to the small edge flap and glue it to the side of the opposite square. Make sure to watch the video below if this part is confusing, it's hard to describe in words!
- Fold the flaps on the bottom side and add a glue to the flap to secure the bottom if you are placing something heavy in the box. Then glue on the elephants.
- Add the baby shower favor inside the box and you're set! I added chocolates inside with little Thank you stickers make with printable vinyl and sealed the box with a printable sticker also.
And if your baby shower happens to be an animal theme, grab our free editable elephant invitations.
More Cricut Favor Boxes Ideas
You don’t have to make favor boxes just out of cardstock! Any sturdy paper will work.
I made these New Year Eve boxes out of acetate.
And this cute teacher gift box and graduation favor box out of Kraftboard.
There really are endless ways to use gift boxes that you make with a Cricut! Think birthday party favors, a wedding favor box, graduation favors, retirement party favors, Valentine’s Day favor boxes, really any holiday season!
When you are in the mood for making Cricut crafts, whip up a bunch of plain boxes so you have them ready for your next party!
And there are so many small gifts you can put inside like:
- hershey kisses (learn how to make the Hershey Kiss stickers here!)
- peanut butter cups
- other small candy
- trail mix (might want to put in a small cellophane bag first!)
- depending on the size of the box… gift cards
- bath bombs
- lip balm
- K pods or tea bags
What is your favorite party favor??
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