Saturday, December 19, 2009

Princess Crown Box

My inspiration for this box was a Lindt Truffles Christmas box, and yes, I bought the box of truffles just to bring it home and use it as a design reference. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!  Anyway, I've had it for a week, but I hadn't had time to really tackle it until today.  We're literally snowed in here with about 10" of snow, so I figured today was the day, and I've been in my craft room ALL day!

I'm SO happy with this box that I'm considering it my "crowning achievement."  I gave it its name because it reminds me of the top of those puffy crowns, and my daughter has always loved Disney princesses, so I named it in her honor. 

This box isn't one that you'll want to use if you need to make a lot of them because it's both labor and materials intensive, but the results are so stunning that it's definitely worth the effort and card stock, and the ooohs and ahhhs that you're sure to get from the recipients won't hurt either.

For best results, you need heavy cardstock, because this is a large box, measuring 4.5" square on the bottom and sides.  It will take two 12"x12" sheets for the box and one 6"x11" piece of coordinating card stock for the closure. You will also need either tag board or a piece of heavy weight acetate for the template to make the curved score marks.  I used a piece of plastic from a retail bubble packaged item. It's thick enough to withstand lots of scoring without becoming misshapen and giving you distorted score marks.  It helps if you have the deep cut blade and housing for your Cricut to cut the template, but you should have good results using the multi-cut function if you don't. The only cartridge you need is George.

I've zipped the cut files together with a detailed tutorial with photos, so please give it a try, and let me know if you find the tutorial helpful or if something isn't clear so I can change it where needed.  If you run into any trouble at all, please e-mail me, and I'll be happy to try to help.

Cartridge: George and Basic Shapes

10 comments:

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 19 Dec [LA 02:29pm, NY 05:29pm, UK 10:29pm] - 20 Dec [OZ 09:29am]).

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Dec. 19, 2009. Thanks again.

Sue said...

Thank you very much for the cut file. I can't wait to try this after the holidays. I just hope I can produce such a beautiful box. Thanks again.

Michele said...

This is a stunning design Cindy!!! You definitely should be proud of this one! Way to go lady!

Regina Andari said...

I've seen these boxes and have often wished I could make them. Thanks for creating--and sharing--the cut file!

lynn said...

this is SWEET! thanks so much, cindy!

LEEANN said...

OMG...I love this. I just made one and can't believe how easy it was to make with your file. Thank you so much. Your chinese take out box is cute too! I say "Let it snow" so your creativity keeps going. TFS

Ginger said...

Your box is very elegant looking. Downloaded the file this evening and just finished it using your tutorial. Very easy to make. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Marjorie said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! This is an amazing box. Thank you so very much for sharing a beautiful file with us.

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous box! Can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing :D

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Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!