Monogram Box Tutorial
Construct a classic gift box with a striking monogram recessed lid. The stunning lid design is developed from a radial repetition of each letter of the alphabet, so choose the initial for the recipient of your gift box. The box is perfectly sized for a small gift, gift card or money. It is a great way to personalize a cash gift. The down load includes an insert for holding a gift card or cash gift.
The finished box is 4" x 4" x 2.5. Construction techniques are basic so this is a good beginning level 3D project. All parts fit on 8.5" x 11" sized card stock.
- Cutting file from 3dcuts.com available here.
- 8.5" x 11" Card stock in 3-4 coordinating colors plus white
- Permanent Paper adhesive - I used:
- Spray Glue (Aileen's Tacky Spray)
- Tape Adhesive (ScoreTape)
- Box Bottom - 8" w x 8" h
- Box Top - 6.1" w x 6.1" h
- Box Top with Scallops - 6.08" w x 6.08"h
- Top Insert - 5.6714"w x 5.6714"h
- Gift Card Insert - 6.4" w x 6.4" h
- Letter Design layer 1-3 - sized together 3.475"w x 3.475"h
Steps for assembly of the Boxes-
1. Download the cutting files for your cutting machine.
2. Load the files into your cutting software following the steps for your cutting machine.
3. Prepare the files:.
- Click here for detailed steps on how to use .SVG files on your Silhouette (with Design Studio).
- Click here for steps on how to use these .SVG files in Design Space with your Cricut Explore.
4. Cut the shapes:
- Be creative with your card stock choices. I like color gradations and used those for this series but all kinds of complementary color schemes will work.
5. Construct the box bottom.
- Fold in on all dotted fold lines.
- Each side folds in and a tab on each side also folds in.
- I used a patterned card stock that was white on the inside but it can be a solid color card stock as well.
- Apply a strip of permanent glue adhesive to the outside of each tab.
- Place it next to the dotted line.
- I like to use ScoreTape because it is a good strong bond but it also keeps my fingers clean. Other types of adhesive would work as well.
- Peel the backing of one strip of ScoreTape and make on corner of the box.
- The tab with the adhesive goes on the inside.
- Be careful to make the corners square.
- Repeat for all 4 corners.
6.Assemble the cover the same way.
- Fold on all dotted fold lines. Fold toward the inside.
- Apply adhesive to the tab on the outside.
- Peel the adhesive and glue the corners together working to keep them square.
7. Make the letter design stack.
- Place your 3 geometric shapes so all are face up. Be careful with letters that are symmetrical and make sure they are arranged to fit together. (Image 1)
- Flip over the top one which is the skinny letter one and apply adhesive to the back side.
- I use Aileen's Tacky Spray glue for this step although other adhesives will work. A Xyron would be a good solution.
- Carefully line up the top layer over the second layer and press in place. (Image 2
- There should be an equal margin all the way around the shape.
- Apply adhesive to the back on the middle layer and adhere to the back layer (Image 3)
8. Make the cover insert.
- The cover has a recessed insert to hold the graphic letter design.
- Start with the backing piece for the insert. Each edge has four dotted lines.
- Carefully fold in on each of those dotted lines. There are four folds on each side. Be careful to get them all.
- Adhere the letter stack to the center of the inside of the cover inset.
- Apply spray glue to the back and place it right in the center.
- The tip of each letter will be about 1/4" in from the inner most dotted line.
- Look at the four edges of the insert piece. Each edge will fold in forming a box frame around the design. Look at image 4 below. This is a diagram of how the edge will roll in. The green line is the card stock and the red line is the adhesive looking in from the end.
- Notice two edges have angular cutouts and two do not.
- You will apply ScoreTape to the two longer edges with out the cutouts first.
- The adhesive gets applied to the opposite side that the letters design has been attached to. You only need to apply a stripe of adhesive that is about 2" long to the center portion of the outer most part of the tab. Leave the edges free of adhesive to give your fingers a place to hold.
- Peel off the backing stripe of the adhesive and roll this edge in and under.
- The outside edge will line up with the inner dotted lin.
- You then roll the box edge into place and press.
- The box frame edge should just touch the edge of the center letter design and create a nice square frame edge.
- Repeat this on the opposite side pressing each of the longer sides in place before you place the two angular sides in place.
- Repeat these steps with the two sides with angular cutouts.
- Apply ScoreTape to the center of the outer tab.
- Remove the backing.
- Roll it in and under lining it up with the dotted line and then press into place.
- It should roll in-between the two first sides and fit snuggly forming a nice box frame.
- The cover insert now has a strong box frame on all four sides.
- Apply ScoreTape to the top edge of all four sides of the insert.
- Peel the backing tape off all four edges and place the box top insert into the box top with the letter side facing out.
- The box top is completed with the design in place forming a recessed cover.
- The cover fits snuggly on the box bottom.
9. Adding the optional card/money holder insert.
- If you are using your box to hold a gift card or a money gift you will want to add the box insert.
- Cut it out and fold on all dotted lines.
- Add adhesive to the four corner tabs.
- Adhere the corners together be careful to keep them square.
- Place the insert in the box and .....
- Insert either a gift card or money under the tabs.
Check out all the beautiful designs that can be created from the different letters of the alphabet.